Mr Nicholas Hickley

Mr Nicholas Hickley

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon


"Spire Cheshire and Spire Abergele, have fantastic staff and modern comfortable facilities. They have a very supportive atmosphere, committed to providing the best patient care."

Specialises in

  • Cataract removal surgery
  • Eyelid cyst surgery
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Glaucoma

I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Countess of Chester Hospital where I am the clinical lead for the emergency eye service and co-lead for oculoplastic surgery. I have been training and working in ophthalmology for over 12 years and am an expert in cataract surgery and cosmetic eyelid surgery. 

To date I have performed over 2,000 cataract operations and over 2,000 oculoplastic procedures in my NHS and private practice.

My first area of specialist interest and expertise is oculoplastic and cosmetic eyelid surgery. I have specific interest in upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty (removal of eyebags), ptosis (droopy eyelid) correction, ectropion/entropion correction (outward and in-rolled eyelids), and eyelid lumps/cancer removal followed by eyelid reconstruction.

My second area of specialist interest and expertise is precision cataract surgery. I offer monofocal, extended depth of focus and toric intraocular lenses. I see patients at Spire Cheshire and I have a one-stop diagnostic clinic in Tarporley where I perform all the necessary eye measurements and can recommend the best options to suit you and your lifestyle.

My third area of specialist interest and expertise is lacrimal surgery. Lacrimal surgery is for patients who have blocked tear ducts and hence suffer from persistent watery eyes. I perform both endonasal (scar-free) and external dacryocystorhinostomy or 'DCR' for short (tear-duct bypass surgery).

Being the lead for the emergency eye services at the Countess of Chester, I am also very comfortable seeing all other ophthalmic complaints. Anything I feel out of my area of expertise or needs further specialist input I will refer onto the appropriate colleague.


General Medical Council Number: C7039559

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nicholas Hickley at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery


Other treatments

  • Cataract surgery
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • Droopy eyelid correction (ptosis surgery)
  • Ectropion/ectropian correction
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Watery eye treatment and surgery

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Lacrimal disorders
Oculoplastic surgery

MBChB / University of Leeds / 2009
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB is a degree given to doctors after completing medical school.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College Ophthalmologists

Member of British Oculoplastic Surgical Society (BOPSS)

Professional leadership

I am the Ophthalmology Clinical lead for emergency eye care and the co-lead for Oculoplastics at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Opthalmologist, the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.

I am married with three children aged five, two and three months. I love to spend my free time with my family at home or up in the Lake District. I enjoy keeping fit and playing golf and when I get a chance I love painting oils. I also enjoy travel and photography and whenever the opportunity arises, I try to explore new cultures, cuisines and languages with my family.

Private secretary Lindsay Stewart
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