Mr Ashish Agrawal

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MS (Ophthal), FRCOphth

Specialises in

I have over 13 years of experience as a Consultant Ophthalmologist and I currently work at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh. My current practice includes general ophthalmic problems with special surgical interests in cataract extraction (small incision and complex), corneal and external eye diseases. I also undertake preventative Glaucoma management and Crosslinking treatment for keratoconus.

I have performed over 4,000 cataract operations with a very low complication rate. My cataract outcomes are as follows: In over 400 consecutive cataracts, performed between 2017-19, 96% of my patients saw 6/12 or better (driving standard vision) postoperatively. My capsular rupture rate, which is a surgical complication and the most commonly cited measurement of surgical dexterity was 0.3% (comparative figure is 1.2% national cataract audit).

I received advanced training in the above mentioned sub-specialties at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. I also hold a 'Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery,' qualification from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. I became a Fellow of the Royal college of Ophthalmologists in 2005.

I was appointed to NHS Lothian in April 2007, where I lead the corneal service and have been the Ex-Chair for the Quality improvement team in Ophthalmology. Since my appointment, I have developed the corneal service to a very high standard, by introducing many new treatments such as corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus, corneal endothelial keratoplasty (transplantation) and ex-vivo stem cell transplants, both of which were the first of their kind of procedures performed in Scotland and were widely reported in newspapers and television.

I am actively involved in research and training of opticians, nurses and general practitioners. I regularly review articles for medical journals including EYE. I have 20 publications in scientific journals, over 40 presentations in national and international meetings and have been an invited guest speaker at many conferences and teaching programmes.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ashish Agrawal at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Specialises in cataract surgery and cornea
  • Corneal and external eye disease
  • General ophthalmology, complex cataract surgery, corneal transplantations pterygium surgery & collagen crosslinking treatment

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Glaucoma treatment

Special Clinical Interests: Laser (Yag Laser Capsulotomy). Routinely performs Corneal Transplantations, Pterygium surgery and can deal with complex corneal conditions.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Member of the Scottish Ophthalmological Club

Member of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress

Member of the Bowman's Club (Corneal society of UK)

Member of All India Ophthalmological Society

Member of British Medical Association

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh.

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

Regional educational advisor, Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Scotland Regional Representative for the Ocular Tissue Advisory Group (OTAG).

Expert Advisor for Scottish Medicine Consortium.

I live in Edinburgh with my wife and two children. Maintaining a healthy work and personal life balance is important to me. I enjoy meeting people and often organising events with friends and family. I play tennis and badminton, go to the gym and swim. Other interests include reading and travel.