Mr George Saleh

Mr George Saleh

Consultant Ophthalmologist


Specialises in

  • Cataract removal
  • Eyelid cyst surgery
  • Eyelid surgery

I bring a wealth of experience to my patients at Spire Harpenden Hospital, specialising in cataract removal and eye surgery. I have a caring and personable attitude towards my patients, providing excellent clinical care.

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital based at the Bedford Unit and I am the Cataract Surgical Lead. I have an honorary contract with the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and draw regional referrals for watery eyes, eyelid, cancer and cosmetic work and undertake intraocular refractive work with premium and toric IOLs.

I qualified in Medicine from Imperial College, London and underwent basic specialist ophthalmology training in the London and the East Anglia Regions before completing my higher specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. I was awarded the Gold Medal as the most distinguished candidate for the clinical and surgical ophthalmic Fellowship Examination. During my undergraduate studies I was awarded the highest first class distinction for my BSc.

I undertook an extended subspecialty fellowship in oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital focusing on conditions such as lid lumps, tumours and malpositions, watery eyes and lacrimal problems along with orbitofacial cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation. I have lectured widely both at national and international levels on periocular facial plastics and cataract surgery.

I have published over 60 scientific articles and given over 150 lectures relating to ophthalmology. These articles are on ophthalmic surgery, the eyelids and surrounding tissue, tumours, watery eye, reconstruction, eye investigations, diabetes, multifocal IOLs and cataract surgery along with surgical training. I am the primary investigator for several ongoing studies investigating novel diagnostic methods and treatments in ophthalmology, also the lead on a national collaboration investigating tumours of the eyelid and surrounding tissues and the regional lead for the Intraocular Lens Study Group (a multicentre collaboration) investigating Multifocal IOLs.

I am the UK lead on the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Cataract Assessment Taskforce through which I have worked on developing cataract tools being adopted in many parts of the world and I am the primary investigator for the International Forum for Ophthalmic Simulation investigating virtual reality ophthalmic surgical training systems.

I head up several other teams investigating novel technologies relating to eye surgery and have received grants for work on eyelid surgery, cataract surgery, general ophthalmology among others.


General Medical Council Number: 4736624

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr George Saleh at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Abnormal eyelashes
  • Anti-wrinkle treatment, fillers and chemical peels – to the eyelid and surrounding facial areas
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry eye
  • Eye conditions
  • Eye socket rehabilitation
  • Eye surgery cataract surgery refractive procedures (including Multifocal Intraocular Lenses)
  • Eyelid surgery or eyebag removal
  • Eyelid tumours and reconstruction
  • Eyelids and orbital trauma
  • General ophthalmology (Red, itchy or painful eyes, blurred vision and other conditions)
  • Lacrimal surgery
  • Lasers cosmetic eye and eyelid surgery blepharoplasty – upper and lower lid removal of the bags (both skin and non-scar approaches)
  • Non-cosmetic oculoplastic surgery
  • Periocular lumps and bumps (chalazion, stye, papillomas and skin blemishes)
  • Reconstructive eyelid surgery and skin grafts
  • Surgical and non-surgical eyelid, brow and oculofacial rejuvenation including Lid malpositions (droopy eyelids, excess skin, in and out turning lids)
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Watery eyes and lacrimal problems

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Facial surgery
Lacrimal disorders
Oculoplastic surgery
Refractive surgery

Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon Moorfields Eye Hospital

Director of Simulation Training and the London Deanery Ophthalmic Simulation Lead

Visiting Professor, Cranfield University

Visiting Professor, University of Surrey

Visiting Researcher, University of Bedfordshire

NIHR Faculty Investigator at the Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

I grew up in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area and continue to live locally. I have a keen interest in sport including rugby, tennis and swimming and have a long-standing involvement in astrophysics and cosmology which has been published by NASA’s health portal.

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.
Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Becky Yeatman
Private secretary telephone 01582 898 000
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