Mr John Paul Bolger

Mr John Paul Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Practising at

Spire Harpenden Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr John Paul Bolger at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I am one of the first surgeons to introduce microincision cataract surgery to the UK. I have been invited to lecture extensively both in Britain and abroad and my surgery masterclasses are very highly rated. I have carried out over 30,000 cataract operations and among my patients are 20 eye surgeons.

While I was a surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, I developed a special interest in the surgical management of cataract. I was one of the first surgeons to introduce phakoemulsification to Britain and went on to develop a high volume, high quality service for the NHS.

I have been continually auditing my results and in the most recent twelve month period these show success rates equal to or better than internationally published data.

I regularly teach both in the UK and abroad and am Course Director of the Winter Acadamy of Ophthalmology in Austria. I often lecture and operate overseas and have designed instruments for cataract surgery which bear my name.

I run one of the few Biometry courses (pre-operative testing for cataract surgery) in the world and these are attended by NHS and overseas professionals.

Clinical Interests

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

Private contact details

Telephone 01438 721414
Private secretary Mrs Janet Robinson
Private secretary telephone 01438 721414
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons
Member of American Cataract and Refractive Surgeons' Society
Member of European Cataract and Refractive Surgeons' Society

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Personal Profile

My innovative and forward thinking nature extends to my home life where I have recently completed a 21st century Eco friendly house, designed by the architect Anthony Hudson.

I am a keen equestrian and also a rugby referee.

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