Consultant Profile

Professor Paulo Stanga

Professor Paulo Stanga 
Practicing at:
Spire Manchester Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Diabetic eye disease
    • Glaucoma treatment
    • Macular degeneration
    • Retinal disease
    • Vitreo-retinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Cataracts
Eye trauma
Intravitreal injections
Laser photocoagulation of diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy
Macular hole (with or without posturing)
Medical retina
Vitreoretinal surgery for retinal detachment

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

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

British Medical Association
General Medical Council
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
America Academy of Ophthalmologists
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

Financial interests/shares:

Owns 100% of the fluorescein angiography, visual fields and OCT equipment used at the Spire Manchester Hospital.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01625 581 781
Private secretary telephone number:
01625 581 781
Private secretary fax:
01625 581 789
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Prof. Paulo E. Stanga has worked in Ophthalmology for over 20 years and is currently a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon for the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. He is also Professor of Ophthalmology for the University of Manchester and Member of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.

Prof. Stanga specialises in vitreo-retinal disorders that require either medical or surgical treatment, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy, retinal vein occlusions, macular hole, retinal detachment, paedriatic retinal diseases, ocular trauma and cataract surgery.

Since 1993, Prof. Stanga has worked in the development and application of new outpatient and surgical therapies and technologies such as retrobulbar Interferon alpha-2a, genetics of AMD, retinal pigment epithelium translocation surgery, macular translocation surgery, micropulse diode and Pascal® laser photocoagulation, optical coherence tomography (OCT), wide-angle fundus fluorescein angiography (Optos®) and fundus autofluorescence technology, antiangiogenic intravitreal drugs and high speed phaco/vitrectomy surgical systems.

Prof. Stanga has set up and runs a Retina Research Fellowship Program.

Prof. Stanga’s current research interests are in the pharmacological, surgical and laser treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema, laser-tissue interaction, choroidal neovascularisation secondary to age-related macular degeneration and myopia, phototoxicity and wound construction during vitrectomy surgery and electronic retinal implants for artificial vision or "bionic eye"

Prof. Stanga has significantly contributed towards the field of Retinal Imaging.

In 1998, Prof. Stanga introduced Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging into the clinical setting in the UK. This technology is now an indispensable and everyday use examination tool in Ophthalmology.

In 2006, Prof. Stanga introduced into the EU the new retinal laser photocoagulation system Pattern Scan Laser (Pascal) and since then has been developing new retinal laser photocoagulation techniques/strategies for the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy. As a result of the research that Mr Stanga leads, the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the University of Manchester are now one of the world leaders in this field.
Prof. Stanga also pioneers surgery for artificial vision in blindness that includes electronic epiretinal prosthesis implantation or “bionic eye”. Prof. Stanga is just one of only 4 doctors in the world currently being able to offer this surgery. 

The Argus II implant, developed by American company Second Sight, aims to restore a basic level of useful vision in patients blind due to degenerative diseases of the outer retina.

Personal profile:

Mr. Stanga lives in Cheshire with his wife and four children along with his two polo ponies and his Marsh Daisy Cockerel named Claudius.

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Professor Paulo Stanga

Professor Paulo Stanga Ophthalmology Consultant, Manchester, private hospital specialist.

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