Mr Jitendra Tolia

Mr Jitendra Tolia

Consultant Ophthalmologist
MBChB Glasgow, FRCS, FRCS(ophth) Edn, FRC Ophth

Practising at

Spire Bushey Hospital

Spire Harpenden Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Jitendra Tolia at Spire include:


Other treatments

Glaucoma treatment, diabetic retinopathy, vitreous detachment, lasers for vitreous condensation

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Professional profile

Mr Jiten Tolia graduated from Glasgow University and continued in Glasgow to complete his post graduate qualifications in ophthalmology. He moved to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for his Senior Registrar training, enabling him to gain extensive experience. Mr Tolia's first consultant post at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Wales enabled him to practice the full range of ophthalmology and he undertook research into new drugs for the treatment of glaucoma and diabetes. Mr Tolia was the subject of several award winning ophthalmic documentaries,on HTV Wales and S4C and BAL 1.

Mr Jiten Tolia has had 31 years of experience as an ophthalmology consultant. He has particular skills in phacoemulsification of cataract (in excess of 10,000) both with the standard lens implants and the new Restor lens which now enables both reading and distance vision without glasses.

He treats macular degeneration with intravitreal injections, using both Lucentis and Avastin. Mr Tolia has had considerable experience in using lasers for glaucoma, diabetes and retinal holes, having performed over 300 procedures per annum for over 25 years. He also treats floaters with laser.

He has had considerable experience in treating patients with botox for squint, facial spasms and facial lumps and bumps. He is skilled at subtle treatments to the face for the reduction of unsightly facial irregularities.

Mr Tolia's practice has evolved over the years to keep up with modern developments and he firmly believes in treating the patient and not just the disease, helped by the insight that extensive experience provides.

Mr Tolia has run many teaching events which have always proved very popular. Almost all his teaching evenings are fully booked. He is working on a new symptom based ophthalmic consultation system along the lines of "It's me eye doc - now what?"

Clinical Interests

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

Intravitreal injection for macular degeneration, cataract with multifocal restor lens implants, lasers for diabetic eye disease. Botox for correction of squint and elimination of facial spasms and irregularities. Cysts and tumours around the eyes. Vitreous floaters.

Private contact details

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Lynne Kollberg
Private secretary telephone 01582 714 451
Private secretary fax 01582 714 531
Private secretary email

Media Coverage

Doc Martin's Casebook: Pioneering Laser Surgery by Mr Tolia
May 1993

One hour documentary on charity work in India which won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary in 1991
October 1990

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB Glasgow / Glasgow University / 1975
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (Ophthalmology) / Edinburgh / 1980
Post-graduate qualification

FRCOphth / London / 1996
Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professional memberships

Association of Research into Vision and Ophthalmology
British Medical Association

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Personal Profile

Mr Tolia enjoys challenges and is practical. He is an informal organiser of cycling groups and has raised large amounts for charity. Every 18 months or so Mr Tolia works at a charity hospital in India performing surgery on adults and children along with teaching new skills to the local ophthalmologists. He has helped to organise more efficient services at these hospitals. The lessons learned are reflected in Mr Tolia's work here and he has put in place systems that have enabled him to operate safely on up to 56 phacoemulsification cataract patients over one weekend.

He enjoys photography, having amassed a huge collection of both medical and nature photographs. He has hand built a valve amplifier from scratch, having to learn about everything from electronics to soldering, and yes it sounds terrific!

He travels widely and makes it a point to go to a variety of scientific meetings in ophthalmology and in particular ARVO which is a research meeting and usually has presentations that indicate what is going to happen five years from now.

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