Consultant Profile

Mr Mike Potts

Mr Mike Potts BSc, PhD, FRCS, FRCOphth
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Lacrimal disorders
    • Neuro-ophthalmology
    • Oculoplastic surgery
Special clinical interests:

Oculoplastic surgery including ptosis surgery, blepharoplasty, lacrimal surgery and orbital surgery

Cataract surgery, local anaesthetic day case, or general anaesthetic

Neuro-opthalmology; BIH craninial nerve palses, visual field defects, papilodema,
(full orthoptic support with humphrey visual fields, hess charts and orthoptics)

Larcimal surgery, tear duct syringing, External or Endoscopic DCR

Orbital surgery, all aspects of orbital surgery including TED

Research interests:

Thyroid eye disease and its management he leads a national trial on immunosuppression in TED
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Orbital inflamatory disease

Neuro-opthalmology BIH

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bristol Eye Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Founder member of the British Oculoplastic Society
Member of European Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Member of British Isles Neurophthalmology Society
Examiner for Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Opthalmic examiner / assessor for the General Medical Council

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 906 4258
Private secretary:
Mrs Margaret Jacobs
Private secretary telephone number:
Mon / Tues / Wed 0117 906 4258, Thurs / Fri 0117 906 215
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mike Potts has been a consultant at Bristol Eye Hospital (BEH) for 22 years. Previously he trained at BEH and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where he did a fellowship in orbital lacrimal and oculoplastic ophthalmic surgery before returning to take up his consultant position at BEH. His practice is split between general ophthalmology, cataract surgery and orbit and oculoplastic surgery.
He also specialises in neruo-opthalmology with a clinic at Frenchay Hospital specialising in neuro-opthalmology for the past 22 years.

His private rooms are at 2 Clifton Park on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings and Monday mornings at Spire Bristol Hospital .

Personal profile:

I have been in Bristol since 1970, and I completed my initial degree in physics.  Following the initial degree, a PhD in visual psychophysics in the Medical School awakened my interest in ophthalmology and the application of lasers and physics in eye surgery.  In 1976 I started a five year medical degree at Bristol Medical School qualifying in 1981.  After initial jobs in Bristol, including Frenchay Neurosurgery, I undertook an ophthalmic residency at Bristol Eye Hospital from 1982-86 and then spent six years at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London including Senior Registrar training and subspeciality training in orbits and oculoplastics.  I returned in 1991 as a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Bristol Eye Hospital, where for the past 20 years I have delivered the southwest regional orbital service, and pioneered treatments of medical immunosuppression in active Thyroid Eye Disease, resulting in a national trial (CIRTED).  I am also the neurophthalmologist to neurosurgeons/neurologists at Frenchay Hospital with a weekly clinic for the past 20 years.

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Mr Mike Potts

Mr Mike Potts Ophthalmology Consultant, Bristol, private hospital specialist.

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