Mr Vaughan Tanner

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Cataract and Vitreo-Retinal)

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCOphth

Specialises in

Vaughan Tanner is a senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon with sub-specialist expertise in micro-incision cataract surgery, vitreo-retinal surgery and age-related macular degeneration.

He leads a Berkshire-wide vitreo-retinal surgical service, established a sub-specialist age-related macular degeneration service, provides a micro incision cataract service and heads a general ophthalmic team providing care for acute and routine eye conditions. His sub-specialist interests and recent advances include the introduction of sub-2mm micro-incision cataract extraction with multifocal and toric lens implants designed to significantly reduce spectacle dependence following cataract surgery. He has also developed sutureless small incision vitrectomy techniques for the repair of retinal detachment, macular hole and other vitreoretinal diseases.

Mr Tanner has led on the introduction of many new retinal treatments including Lucentis and Eylea injections, Ozurdex steroid implants and Jetrea treatment. These innovations have significantly improved vision for many patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion and other retinal problems. At Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading, he has developed a comprehensive service aiming to provide the highest level of personal care using the latest surgical techniques available. His main practice covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and London with many national and international referrals.

His undergraduate study was at St George's Hospital Medical School, London where he was awarded Medical Research Council funding in addition to his medical degree. Completion of higher surgical training at the Oxford Eye Hospital led to award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He then completed advanced, sub-specialist fellowships at both Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. During this period he gained expertise in the surgical and medical management of all retinal disorders including macular surgery.

He is a consultant clinical supervisor for The Oxford Deanery School of Ophthalmology responsible for post-graduate training and also leads a fellowship training programme in advanced vitreo-retinal surgical techniques for surgeons becoming consultants in this sub-specialty. He has previously been appointed both lead clinician and clinical governance lead for the Ophthalmology Department, Royal Berkshire Hospital and has been awarded three NHS clinical excellence awards.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Vaughan Tanner at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Complex trauma and sub-specialist cataract surgery
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Eylea, Lucentis and Oxurdex intraocular implants
  • Glaucoma
  • Microincison cataract surgery
  • Multifocal and toric intraocular lens implants
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Retinal disease
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery
  • Vitreous floaters and posterior vitreous detachment

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Diabetic eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Macular degeneration
Retinal disease
Vitreo-retinal surgery

BSc (Hons) / University of London / 1987
Bachelor of Science (with Honours)

MBBS / University of London / 1990
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCOphth / Royal College of Ophthalmologists (London) / 1994
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professional memberships

European Society of Retina Specialists – Euretina

Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists

American Academy of Ophthalmology

British Medical Association

European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

United Kingdom Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

British and Eire Association of Vitreo-retinal Surgeons

Medical Defence Union

Professional leadership

Previous Lead Clinician – Ophthalmology Service, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Previous Lead Clinician – Clinical Governance Ophthalmology, Royal Berkshire Hospital

He has co-authored 'Diseases of the Ocular Fundus' which was awarded first prize as Best Authored Post Graduate Textbook by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Authors. He has previously hosted both the Southern and National Annual Meetings of the British and Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor

Mr Tanner has three young daughters but when time allows he enjoys sailing, golf, road biking and skiing.

Mr Tanner owns 100% of the vitrectomy surgery equipment and 50% of the YAG laser equipment used at the hospital. The hospital pays a rental fee for the use of this equipment.
Mr Tanner holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.
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