Mr Martin Leyland

Mr Martin Leyland

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BSc MB ChB BA ChM MD FRCOphth


Specialises in

  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal inflammation and infection
  • Corneal dystrophy and keratoconus
  • Corneal transplant

Also available for:

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In my private practice sessions at Spire Dunedin Hospital I aim to provide high quality, specialist ophthalmic treatment in a friendly atmosphere, with care delivered in person and tailored to each individual patient’s needs.

I am the senior corneal/anterior segment specialist in the region, with corneal and external eye disease clinics and operating lists at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading and the Oxford Eye Hospital. I also run a dedicated cataract surgery operating list, using micro-incision techniques and topical anaesthesia (eye-drops only) at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Newbury, as well as general ophthalmology clinics in Newbury. I am Clinical Director of Head and Neck services at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at Reading University.

I am particularly interested in the visual outcomes of cataract surgery and have researched the use of multifocal and toric intra-ocular lenses following cataract surgery. I am experienced in refractive lens exchange surgery and am able to offer bilateral same-day cataract and lens surgery to patients who prefer the more rapid recovery from surgery that this provides.

In 2003 I was awarded my MD on the use of multifocal intraocular lenses. I was appointed as Corneal Transplant Surgeon to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2001 and the Oxford Eye Hospital in 2003. I am a Consultant Clinical Supervisor of ophthalmology doctors in postgraduate training within the Oxford Deanery and offer advanced subspecialty training in cataract and corneal disease.

I introduced lamellar corneal transplant surgery to the region, carrying out Descemet’s stripping (DSEK) and Descemet’s membrane keratoplasty (DMEK partial thickness graft), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), as well as penetrating keratoplasty (full-thickness graft) and revision corneal transplantation. I am a teaching member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Microsurgical Skills Faculty.

I am a Consultant Clinical Supervisor of ophthalmology doctors in postgraduate training within the Oxford Deanery and offer advanced subspecialty training in cataract and corneal disease. I was appointed as Corneal Transplant Surgeon to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2001 and the Oxford Eye Hospital in 2003.

My undergraduate study was at Manchester University, where I received the award for the highest academic marks over six years of study. Higher surgical training was completed at The Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where I gained experience in all the major ophthalmic subspecialties, culminating in sub-specialist training in corneal, cataract and external eye disease.

Surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, supported by experienced consultant anaesthetists and a highly skilled ophthalmic nursing team.

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General Medical Council Number: C3580918

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Martin Leyland at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Bilateral cataract surgery
  • Corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus
  • Corneal transplant surgery
  • Management of external eye disease including dry eye and blepharitis
  • Pterygium and pingeculum removal

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease

Special clinical interests: Cataract surgery, including micro-incision, standard, toric and multifocal lenses, corneal inflammation and infection, corneal dystrophy and keratoconus. corneal inflammation and infection, corneal dystrophy and keratoconus.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Cochrane Collaboration (Eyes and Vision Group)

British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Current Regional Representative on Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Member of Microsurgical Skills Faculty of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Previous Clinical Director of Ophthalmology Directorate (Royal Berkshire Foundation NHS Trust)
Previous Clinical Lead of Eye Department (Royal Berkshire Hospital)
Previous College Tutor (Eye Department Royal Berkshire Hospital)

Cataract surgery: control of astigmatism and multi-focal intraocular lenses.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Reading.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Newbury District Hospital, Newbury.

Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford.

Telephone 0118 955 3454
Private secretary Ingrid Brill
Private secretary telephone 0118 955 3454
Private secretary email dunedinmedsecleyland@spirehealthcare.com