Consultant Profile

Mr Tom Eke

Mr Tom Eke MA(Cantab.), MB BChir, MD, FRCOphth
Practicing at:
Spire Norwich Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Glaucoma treatment
    • Neuro-ophthalmology
Special clinical interests:
Clinical audit
Medico-legal (expert witness)
Research interests:
Glaucoma outcomes
Safer anaesthesia for eye surgery
Patient satisfaction
Current NHS and /or university posts:
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cromer Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of East Anglia
Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Council Member, British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society
Member, International Glaucoma Association
Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member, Glaucoma Society (UK & Eire)
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01603 255574
Private secretary:
Anne Doggett
Private secretary telephone number:
01603 255508
Private secretary fax:
01603 505424
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I am a cataract specialist and a glaucoma specialist. My other interests include neuro-ophthalmology, vision for driving and anaesthesia for ophthalmology. I also undertake medico-legal (expert witness) work. I have been working at Spire Norwich Hospital in 2002.

As a cataract surgeon, I want my patients to be happy. I am highly experienced in dealing with complex cataract problems, such as coexistent glaucoma, small pupil, anxious patient. I use the modern, small-incision phacoemulsification surgery, with lens implants individually chosen, this will normally correct pre-existing short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism. I normally use topical anaesthesia (eye-drops without the need for an injection), but all types of anaesthesia are available if required. I have developed a special technique for patients who are unable to lie flat for cataract surgery; if necessary, I can perform a cataract operation with the patient sitting upright. This technique is very useful for people who would otherwise be considered 'difficult cases' for cataract surgery, and most of my patients prefer to be sitting up a little for their surgery. Clinical audit shows that my results are significantly better than national standards, despite the fact that most of my operations are done on 'high risk' eyes.

My approach to glaucoma is similar. I want the patient to understand their condition fully, and be happy with their treatment. I offer full modern management including pachymetry and OCT imaging. Treatment options may include eye drops, surgery, or various types of laser. In many cases, a two-minute treatment with the SLT laser means that long-term eye drops are not needed. I am a highly experienced glaucoma surgeon: my most commonly performed surgical procedures include trabeculectomy with mitomicin or 5-fluoro-uracil, re-do trabeculectomy (rarely needed), bleb needling, combined cataract/glaucoma surgery, and cyclo-diode laser.

My research interests are mainly around anaesthesia safety, surgical techniques and improving the patient experience. I have been invited to lecture on these subjects at numerous international conferences.

To book an appointment, I would usually require a referral from your general practitioner (GP) or optometrist (optician). If this is not possible, please contact my secretary on 01603 255 508.

Personal profile:
I enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks in the countryside and visiting pubs, restaurants, theatres and the cinema. I play the guitar (badly) and enjoy most forms of live music.

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Mr Tom Eke

Mr Tom Eke Ophthalmology Consultant, Norwich, private hospital specialist.

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