Mr Christopher Illingworth

Mr Christopher Illingworth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MD, FRCS(Ophth), MB, ChB, BSc(Hons)

Practising at

Spire Norwich Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Christopher Illingworth at Spire include:

Ophthalmology at Spire Norwich Hospital

Other treatments

Refractive surgery, treatment of dry eye and external eye disease

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Professional profile

Chris Illingworth has a particular interest in lens and corneal surgery. This includes cataract surgery, refractive surgery, corneal and other eye surface procedures. He provides treatments that are personalised to the individual, taking into account needs for work and recreation.

Cataracts produce symptoms of visual loss, glare and sometimes double vision. They can occur at any age, but the risk of development of cataract increases in older people. Small incision techniques are used to remove cataracts in a painless ten minute procedure that uses drops rather than injections to numb the eye. Visual recovery is usually very rapid, with most patients able to resume normal activities within a day or two of surgery. Distance vision is usually good without glasses. Where appropriate, Mr Illingworth uses multifocal implants to reduce the need for reading glasses. These lenses aim to give a better level of spectacle independence compared with standard lenses. He also uses toric lens implants to correct astigmatism, and has produced research publications on the use of these lenses.

Mr Illingworth provides corneal surgery including removal of lesions such as pterygium. In his NHS practice he also performs corneal transplantation surgery.

Clinical Interests

Cataract surgery
Refractive surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Corneal transplantation

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Director, East Anglian Eye Bank

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust

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Private contact details

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Anna Ready
Private secretary telephone 01603 814 365
Private secretary email

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