Consultant Profile

Mr Jiten Tolia

Mr Jiten Tolia MBChB Glasgow, FRCS, FRCS(ophth) Edn., FRC.Ophth
Practicing at:
Spire Bushey Hospital, Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Glaucoma treatment
    • Lacrimal disorders
    • Oculoplastic surgery
    • Refractive surgery
Special clinical interests:

Intravitreal injection for macular degeneration, cataract with multifocal restor lens implants, lasers for diabetic eye disease. Botox for correction of squint and elimination of facial spasms and irregularities. Cysts and tumours around the eyes.

Research interests:

Glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Harpenden Memorial Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
020 8901 5555
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Jiten Tolia graduated from Glasgow University and completed his post graduate qualifications in ophthalmology. He moved to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for his Senior Registrar training, enabling him to gain extensive experience. Mr Tolia's first consultant post at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Wales enabled him to practice the full range of ophthalmology and he could do phase II research into new drugs for the treatment of glaucoma and diabetes. Mr Tolia was the subject of several award winning ophthalmic documentaries, HTV and S4C.

Mr Jiten Tolia has had 22 years of experience in ophthalmology. He has particular skills in phacoemulsification of cataract (in excess of 10,000) both with the standard lens implants and the new Restor lens which now enables both reading and distance vision without glasses.

He treats macular degeneration with intravitreal injections, both Lucentis and Avastin.

Mr Tolia has had considerable experience in using lasers for glaucoma, diabetes and retinal holes, having performed about 300 procedures per annum for over 25 years.

He has had considerable experience in treating patients with botox for squint, facial spasms and with his work on the treatment of basal cell carcinomas. He is skilled at subtle treatments to the face for the reduction of unsightly facial irregularities.

Mr Tolia's practice has evolved over the years to keep up with modern developments and he firmly believes in treating the patient and not just the disease, helped by the insight that extensive experience provides.

Mr Tolia has run many teaching events which have always proved very popular, almost all his teaching evenings are fully booked. He is working on a new symptom based ophthalmic consultation system along the lines of "It's me eye doc - now what do I do?"

Personal profile:

Mr Tolia enjoys challenges and is practical. He is an informal organiser of cycling groups and has raised large amounts for charity. Every 18 months or so Mr Tolia works at a charity hospital in India performing surgery on adults and children along with teaching new skills to the local ophthalmologists. In the process, he helps to organise more efficient services. The lessons learned are reflected in Mr Tolia's work here and he has put in place systems that have enabled him to operate safely on up to 56 phacoemulsification cataract patients over one weekend.

He enjoys photography, having amassed a huge collection of both medical and nature photographs. He has hand built a valve amplifier from scratch, having to learn about everything from electronics to soldering, and yes it works beautifully!

He travels widely and makes it a point to go to a variety of scientific meetings in ophthalmology and in particular ARVO which usually has presentations that tell you what is going to happen 5 years from now.

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Mr Jiten Tolia

Mr Jiten Tolia

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