Mr Chris Illingworth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MD, FRCS(Ophth), MB, ChB, BSc(Hons)


Specialises in

My main interest is in lens and corneal surgery. This includes cataract surgery, corneal and other eye surface procedures. I provide 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. In eyes without other problems, distance vision is usually good even without glasses.

My complication rates over the last 10 years have been very low compared to national averages, as evidenced by the National Ophthalmology Database.

Where applicable, multifocal or extended depth of focus lens implants can be used in cataract surgery to reduce the need to wear glasses for reading and other near vision tasks compared with standard lenses. I have been using multifocal lens implants for more than 10 years. I am also very experienced in the use of toric lens implants to correct astigmatism, and have produced research publications on the use of these lenses. In my NHS practice I also perform corneal transplantation surgery.

I provide corneal surgery including removal of lesions such as pterygium. In mys NHS practice I also perform corneal transplantation surgery.

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Treatment information

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

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Treatment of external eye disease

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Cataract surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Corneal transplantation

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Director, East Anglian Eye Bank

Research and publications

  • Cataract and corneal surgery
  • Mechanisms of cataract formation

Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust

Contact information

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Anna Ready
Private secretary telephone 01603 814 365
Private secretary email anna.ready@healthshare.org.uk