Mr Nicholas Hickley
Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon
"Spire Cheshire has fantastic staff and modern comfortable facilities. There is a very supportive atmosphere committed to providing the best patient care."
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 10 years and am an expert in cataract surgery and cosmetic eyelid surgery.
To date I have performed over 1,500 cataract operations and over 1,500 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.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nicholas Hickley at Spire include:
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MBChB / University of Leeds / 2009
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB is a degree given to doctors after completing medical school.
Fellow of the Royal College Ophthalmologists
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.