Consultant Profile

Mr David Anderson

Mr David Anderson PhD FRCOphth MB BS CCST
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Corneal and external eye disease
    • Refractive surgery
Special clinical interests:

Refractive cataract surgery and refractive lens replacement

Laser vision correction, LASIK, LASEK and Wavefront treatments

Corneal transplant surgery, DSEK, DALK and PK

Corneal collagen cross linkage for Keratoconus

Research interests:

Corneal transplant surgery

Laser vision correction for therapeutic purposes, T-CAT


Optical outcomes in advanced cataract surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Southampton

Visiting Consultant Ophthalmologist, States of Jersey

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

Royal College of Ophthalmology

American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive surgery

United Kingdom Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Contact Details 
Private secretary:
Anita Summerfield
Private secretary telephone number:
023 8025 8421
Private secretary fax:
023 8025 8446
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

David Anderson graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital in 1989, with a national ophthalmology prize - the prestigious Duke-Elder Award. He then completed a period of specialist undergraduate training at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Early surgical positions at St Bartholomew’s and St Georges Hospitals in London were followed by higher surgical training at Southampton University Eye Unit leading to inclusion on the specialist register of Ophthalmic Surgeons. Supported by the Medical Research Council, he then pursued research leading to a PhD thesis on ocular surface disease.

To further his specialist training, David accepted a national scholarship which took him to practice at the award winning Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida. David returned from the USA to start a fellowship at the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where he practiced for 2.5 years, including some time in a consultant position.

Living in Hampshire with his wife and two children, David decided to move his career from London and has accepted a position as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with the NHS in Southampton in 2003. In this position he will perform high volume cataract surgery and will fill the role of Corneal Specialist within the NHS Trust, accepting complex corneal referrals from across the region.

David has gained valuable experience in the USA and at Moorfields working with state-of-the-art techniques in corneal and refractive surgery and in addition has already performed over 2000 small-incision cataract procedures.

He has been involved in large clinical trials in LASIK and PRK and has subsequently become a lead investigator in clinical research evaluating wavefront-guided LASIK and LASEK. This work has led to a series of publications in the leading medical journals. David has lectured nationally and internationally on corneal and ocular surface disease as well as refractive surgery.

Personal profile:

David is married with three children and enjoys Hampshire life. He enjoys art and music and holds a Southampton FC season ticket.

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Mr David Anderson

Mr David Anderson Ophthalmology Consultant, Southampton, Hampshire, private hospital specialist.

Background Information about Mr David Anderson

  • Internationally recognized expert and clinical innovator in corneal transplant surgery and refractive surgery
  • Trainer for the Royal College of Ophthalmology in microsurgical skills
  • Trainer (International Surgeon Trainer) for VisX AMO in wavefront laser vision correction
  • Advisor to National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE)
  • Advisor to National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
  • Substantial and consistent academic publication track record in world's leading ophthalmology and scientific journals
  • Lead investigator for lens implant evaluation and performance
  • Clinical investigator in large scale laser vision correction research trials including wavefront-guided laser vision correction
  • Reviewer for multiple ophthalmic and scientific journals, grant giving bodies and research trials
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Fellowship trained laser refractive surgeon
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Fellowship trained cataract and corneal transplant surgeon
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Fl, USA (USA's leading Eye Hospital), trained Corneal Research Fellow
  • TFC Frost Scholar to USA
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Academic Fellowship PhD in Allergy and Immunology
  • MRC Grant recipient
  • PhD examiner for University of London

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