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Manchester Royal Hospital Eye Surgeon named one of world’s most influential

A Manchester eye-surgeon has been named as one of the most influential eye specialists in the world.

Mr Stephen Charles, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, has been named in The Ophthalmologist Magazine's Top 100 Most Powerful List 2016 following a voting process involving 18,000 readers.

Stephen Charles

Mr Charles has extensive expertise in the surgical and medical treatments of vitreous and retinal diseases, including one of the most common causes of sight loss in the UK: Age-Related Macular Degeneration. He also specialises in retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusions and modern cataract surgery. He joined the Trust in 1997 and currently leads the hospital's Medical and Surgical Retina Service.

He is also a prominent educator, organising the internationally recognized Vitreoretinal Fellowship program at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital which ran for 11 years until 2011. He trains vitreo-retinal surgeons from across the globe, including Europe, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Stephen Dickson, Director for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital said: "It's wonderful to have yet another member of our team recognised for their achievements.

"Mr Charles fully deserves this credit. He is a magnificent surgeon, a caring clinician, a great educator and key member of our leadership team. We are very proud to work alongside him at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital."