Consultant Profile

Mr Vaughan Tanner

Mr Vaughan Tanner BSc, MBBS, FRCOphth,
Practicing at:
Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Diabetic eye disease
    • Macular degeneration
    • Retinal disease
    • Vitreo-retinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Micro-incision cataract surgery and premium /multifocal lens implant, topical (no needle) anaesthesia for cataract surgery, sutureless vitrectomy systems, macular hole surgery, anti-growth factor (lucentis) treatment for ARMD

Research interests:

Micro-incision Cataract Surgery
Cataract Surgery following vitrectomy, trauma and other complex cases
Day case retinal surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon , Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, King Edward V11 Hospital, Windsor

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

United Kingdom Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
British & Eire Association of Vitreo-retinal Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology
European Vitro-Retinal Society
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Financial interests/shares:

Owns 100% of vitrectomy equipment and 50% (together with another referring clinician) of a YAG laser used at the hospital.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 644 0900
Private secretary:
Sally Allen
Private secretary telephone number:
0800 644 0900
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Tanner offers a Berkshire wide service with his main hospital bases being in Reading and Windsor. Together with his personal assistant, he aims to offer an individual, professional service to patients with ophthalmic problems, using the latest surgical techniques, to the highest standards possible.

Having completed his undergraduate training in London, Mr Tanner went on to complete post graduate training in Australia, South East of England and the Oxford Regional Scheme. He then carried out three years of advanced fellowship sub-speciality training in both medical and surgical retina, at St. Thomas' Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Mr Tanner carries out routine and complex cataract techniques, including micro-incision approach for rapid visual recovery, topical anaesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort during and after surgery and the availability of multifocal intraocular lenses. He also has a special interest in magnifying intraocular lenses to assist patients with visual impairment due to age related macular degeneration. These new lenses offer great potential for magnification of image and maximising remaining vision.

Mr Tanner carries out the latest surgical techniques for retinal and vitreous surgery, including sutureless 23 gauge vitrectomy systems for rapid pain-free recovery. Most surgery is now carried out as a day case under local anaesthesia. The latest surgical techniques available include surgery for complex retinal work including macular hole repair.

Mr Tanner was among the first surgeons in the UK to offer Lucentis antigrowth factor injections on a routine basis to treat wet age related macular degeneration. These have proved very successful in stabilising, and in 40% of cases, improving vision for those with the wet form of ARMD. Other options include PDT laser, injection of steroid, vitreo-retinal surgery to remove extensive intraocular blood and the provision of a low vision aid service.

Personal profile:

Mr Tanner has continued his interest in the latest advances in ophthalmic surgery since his appointment as a Consultant and regularly lectures at national and international meetings. He was Lead Clinician for the Annual Meeting of the British and Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons, 2008, and has recently published a post graduate text book entitled "Diseases of the Ocular Fundus". This text won best authored text book at the Royal Society of Medicine Awards in 2005.

When not working, Mr Tanner has three young children to keep him busy. He enjoys golf, skiing, tennis and sailing.

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Mr Vaughan Tanner

Ophthalmology, cataract surgery, Reading, and retinal surgery

Vitreoretinal Surgery

Mr Vaughan Tanner and the Dunedin Hospital, Reading, have worked together to introduce Vitreoretinal Surgery, the latest micro incision technology allowing state-of-the-art retinal surgery for all retinal conditions.

Spire Dunedin Hospital is the only private hospital in the UK able to offer routine day case, local anaesthetic retinal surgery using disposable instrumentation to eliminate the risk of cross infection.

For more information, treatment, procedures and advice on vitroretinal surgery available at Dunedin Hospital please click here.

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Retinal Detachment Surgery now available in Reading


Ophthalmology, cataract surgery, retinal surgery, Reading, Berkshire
Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading, Berkshire offers state of the art diagnostic medical and surgical treatments for many eye conditions.  For more information about Ophthalmology services at Dunedin Hospital, Reading, then please click here.

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