Miss Louise Allen
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MBBS MD MA(Cantab) FRCOphth
"The Spire Cambridge Lea has excellent out-patient diagnostic and laser facilities."
I have been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital for 14 years. Prior to this I completed my general ophthalmic training in rotations based in Southampton, Birmingham and Cambridge. I got a taster of life down under during a 6 month international ophthalmology exchange in Brisbane. I completed my sub-specialty paediatric ophthalmology training at Great Ormond Street Hospital. During my training I spent two years researching genetic eye disease and successfully completed an MD thesis on the subject.
I am primarily a paediatric ophthamologist and see and treat the full range of paediatric ocular and neuro-ophthalmological conditions, from the most common such as squint, lazy eye and sticky eyes, to rarer conditions such as congenital cataracts and retinopathy of prematurity. In addition to my paediatric caseload I undertake general adult ophthalmic consultations and surgery including small incision cataract surgery.
I am registered with CASA and the CAA to perform Australian and British Aviation Ophthalmic Examinations. I am also registered with Tricare Overseas program and the Veteran's Administration to provide ocular examination and management for military personal and their families from the US.
I perform cataract surgery and laser treatment on infants at Addenbrooke's for the whole of the eastern region. I have performed over 3,000 adult cataract operation with a very low complication rate (National Ophthalmic database figures). I perform over 80 squint operations a year.
In addition to my clinical work I am very interested in innovation in Ophthalmology. I have recently developed a visual field test for use in young children and am working on a device to improve the screening and detection of congenital cataracts.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Louise Allen at Spire include:
Paediatric ophthalmology, squint management and surgery, genetic eye disease.
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
MBBS / University of London (St Thomas') / 1990
Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of surgery
MBBS is the degree given on completing medical school training.
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Membership of the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Society
Membership of the Eye Genetics Group-UK
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cambridge University NHS Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge
What little spare time I have I spend with my husband and three teenage sons. My aim is to make the time to row again - I used to row for the University of London in my student days - we shall see!