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Dr Andrew Tatham MD, FRCOphthConsultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Co-founderbook an appointment

Qualifications: MBChB Hons, FRCOphth, FRCSEd, FEBO, AFHEA

Personal website: www.drtatham.com

Consulting times:  Alternate Monday evenings, Tuesday afternoons. Other may be available on request.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion Edinburgh
NHS Scotland Career Research Fellow
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Clinical Profile
Dr Tatham is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion and a specialist in cataract and glaucoma surgery.  He has 15 years experience in ophthalmology and was trained at two of the world’s leading eye hospitals – Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and Shiley Eye Institute, University of California San Diego, USA.  He was ranked first in Europe in the 2011 European Board of Ophthalmology examination and has received research awards from Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK and Eire Glaucoma Society. In 2015 he was the only UK ophthalmologist to receive an innovative research award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).  In 2016 he co-authored the glaucoma chapter of  “Training in Ophthalmology” from Oxford University Press with Professor Sir Peng Khaw.

​Dr Tatham is experienced in cataract and glaucoma surgery. He can tailor surgery to your needs and offers toric and multifocal intraocular lenses, which can reduce the need for spectacles following surgery. He continuously audits his results, with outcomes better than national benchmarks.

​Dr Tatham has a particular interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, otherwise known as MIGS (Xen, iStent), and was the first to introduce these procedures in Scotland.  MIGS, which is similar to keyhole surgery, is safer and has a quicker recovery time than conventional glaucoma surgery. Dr Tatham also performs laser, trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage device surgery, performing more than 150 glaucoma procedures per year.

Treatments Offered
• Small incision cataract surgery
• Premium lens technology (multifocal, toric, extended-range of vision)
• Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (Xen, iStent)
• Glaucoma laser surgery (SLT, PI)
• Glaucoma surgery (trabeculectomy, Ahmed and Baerveldt tubes)

Professional body memberships
• Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
• Royal College of Ophthalmologists
• European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
• European Board of Ophthalmology
• European Glaucoma Society
• American Glaucoma Society

Professional Awards
• Royal College of Ophthalmologists Foulds’ Trophy 2015
• ARVO Innovative Research Award 2015
• Bayer Educational Grant Award 2015
• Chinese Ophthalmological Society Best Paper Award (2nd author) 2014
• Scottish Ophthalmological Club Best Paper Award 2014
• UK and Eire Glaucoma Society Best Paper Award 2013

Professional Responsibilities
• Invited Member, World Glaucoma Association Consensus Meeting, 2016.
• Module Lead, University of Edinburgh Primary Care Ophthalmology MSc.
• OCT Course Director, European Glaucoma Society Meeting, Prague 2016.
• Invited faculty member at World and European Glaucoma Societies, and Chinese Ophthalmological Society
• Steward for “EyeCare”- Edinburgh and Lothians’ eye care charity.
• Peer reviewer for journals including Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology and PLOS One.
• Examiner, European Board of Ophthalmologists.

Research Interests
• Preventing glaucoma blindness through early diagnosis, and personalized treatment
• “Drop free” treatment of glaucoma (slow release implants, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery)
• Driving simulation and quality of life

Recent Publications
Dr Tatham has authored almost 60 peer-reviewed publications (> 250 citations).
The full list is available at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Tatham

Selected recent publications

  1. Tatham A, Medeiros FA. INVITED EDITORIAL. Structure or Function: the debate that doesn’t need to be. Ophthalmology 2016.
  2. Cameron J, Tatham A. A window to beyond the orbit: the value of optical coherence tomography in non-ocular disease. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2016.
  3. Foulsham W, Fu L, Tatham A. Prior rates of visual field loss and lifetime risk of blindness in patients attending for trabeculectomy. Eye 2015.
  4. Hammel N, Belgith A, Bowd C, Medeiros F, Sharpsten L, Mendoza N, Tatham A, et al. Rate and pattern of rim area loss in healthy and progressing glaucoma eyes. Ophthalmology 2015.
  5. Liu T, Tatham A, et al. Rates of retinal nerve fiber layer loss in contralateral eyes of glaucoma patients with unilateral progression by conventional methods. Ophthalmology 2015.
  6. Yang Z, Tatham A, et al. Diagnostic ability of macular ganglion cell inner plexiform layer measurements in glaucoma using swept source and spectral domain optical coherence tomography. PLoS One 2015.
  7. Gracitelli C, Abe RY, Tatham A, et al. Association between progressive retinal nerve fiber layer loss and longitudinal change in quality of life in glaucoma. JAMA Ophthalmology 2015.
  8. Yang Z, Tatham A, et al. Diagnostic ability of retinal nerve fiber layer imaging by swept source optical coherence tomography in glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol 2015.
  9. Tatham A, Boer E, et al. Predicting risk of motor vehicle collisions in glaucoma using driving simulation, TVST 2015.

Recent Invited Lectures

  1. The great debate: Imaging should be used for detecting glaucoma progression. Royal College of Ophthalmologists Glaucoma Day, Birmingham, May 2016.
  2. 25 years of OCT: The role of OCT in glaucoma management, Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Birmingham, May 2016.
  3. The relationship between retinal nerve fiber layer loss and quality of life in glaucoma. AUROA Glaucoma Meeting, Barcelona, Apr 2016.
  4. Normal tension glaucoma. Glasgow Postgraduate teaching, Jan 2016.
  5. Glaucoma: Is there a magic number? Dundee Postgraduate teaching, Jan 2016.
  6. Surgical training using Google Glass. Scottish Ophthalmic Club, Stirling, Feb 2016.
  7. Delivering Glaucoma Care: The Scottish Experience. UK and Eire Glaucoma Society Annual Meeting, Leicester, Nov, 2015.
  8. Glaucoma: Am I fit to drive? Northwest Regional Glaucoma Meeting, Manchester, Nov 2015.
  9. “Beyond IOP” – 24 hour IOP measurement in glaucoma. World Glaucoma Congress, Hong Kong, China, Jun 2015.
  10. The relationship between longitudinal structural changes in glaucoma and quality of life. American Glaucoma Society, San Diego, USA, Feb 2015.
  11. The role of OCT in glaucoma management. Moorfields’ International Glaucoma Symposium, London, Jan 2015.