Consultant Profile

Miss Lydia Chang

Miss Lydia Chang MBBS FRCOphth MD
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Glaucoma treatment
Special clinical interests:

The diagnosis and management of general eye problems: sore, gritty, red eye, dry eye, blepharitis, flashes and floaters, change in vision
The diagnosis and management of glaucoma
The diagnosis and management of cataract

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (London)

Lydia Chang is Glaucoma Service Lead at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, responsible for delivering the hospital glaucoma service as well as leading the community based glaucoma service for lower risk patients. She is also the Clinical Governance Lead for Ophthalmology at Hinchingbrooke. 

From 2008 to Feb 2016, Lydia was a consultant at Moorfields Bedford and the Glaucoma Service Lead, stopping this to become Clinical Advisor for Ophthalmology in the Getting it Right First Time team (the Department of Health's Clinically Led and Efficiency Programme), a project aiming to reduce surgical variation and improve clinical outcomes.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Carmen Welland
Private secretary telephone number:
01727 227 013
Private secretary email address:
Wednesday Afternoons
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Lydia has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon for nine years with subspecialty expertise in glaucoma. She trained at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital in London. Her research doctorate (based at the Institute of Ophthalmology and the Royal Free Hospital in London) was in the field of glaucoma surgery, investigating the mechanisms contributing to scarring after glaucoma surgery. She completed her advanced glaucoma fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. 
Her training has embedded in her an evidence based, patient focused approach to the way she looks after her patients. She performs cataract and glaucoma surgery and has a special interest in the more recent glaucoma interventions; namely minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) including the iStent, the Xen stent as well as glaucoma laser therapies such as laser iridotomy and selective laser trabeculoplasty. 

Lydia Chang is an expert in assessing glaucoma patients, interpretating glaucoma data ranging from straightfoward cases to the more complex, higher risk cases. The ageing population in the UK is increasing and we all deserve to be sighted until the end of our lives. Although glaucoma is usually a disease of older age, it can start to develop in your 40s without symptoms, resulting in irreversible visual loss for some. She uses the most technologically advanced glaucoma diagnostics tests to investigate my patients. She is committed to delivering a highly personal approach to looking after her patients, since she believes this is vital for ensuring she can deliver the best possible clinical outcomes. 

She regularly performs cataract surgery and trabeculectomies. Her (posterior capsule rupture complication rate for cataract surgery is well below the national average (as measured by the Cataract National Data Set, published in Eye 2011). From 2010, She introduced microinvasive glaucoma surgery to suitable patients and often performs this surgery.

Community Ophthalmology and Primary Eye Care Frameworks (2015-16): Lydia was the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' representative in the working group developing the frameworks (guidelines) for community ophthalmology and primary eye care. She was proud to be able to work with committed professionals, the objective being to develop integrated pathways to deliver effective eye care services in the community. The Community Ophthalmology Framework was published in July 2015 and is available on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' website. 

Lydia Chang is registered with all of the major private health insurance companies including:BUPA, AXA-PPP, PruHealth, Vitality, Allianz, Aviva and WPA.
She can also offer a self funding package.

Personal profile:

I am a wife and mother to two children. I relax by exercising - training with a personal trainer as well as attending an outdoor boot camp in the weekends. I particularly look forward to our family skiing holidays when we are outdoors in the fresh air. I love my holidays with my family and we have travelled quite extensively across the world.I love my food and I enjoy trying out new recipes. I enjoy reading especially historical novels.

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Miss Lydia Chang

Miss Lydia Chang Ophthalmology Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

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