Mr David Dunleavy

Consultant Ophthalmologist


Specialises in

I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust specialising in Corneal, Cataract and Refractive surgery. I have been in ophthalmic practice since 2012 acquiring broad experience on an international level. To further my expertise, I completed both national and international fellowships during my training. I acquired experience in all aspects of corneal and anterior segment surgery at Ireland's leading specialist centre, the Royal Victora Eye & Ear Infirmary.

I promote innovative practice and I perform all aspects of corneal transplantation including modern lamellar techniques (SALK, DALK, DSAEK, DMEK). I regularly manage keratoconus patients utilising only modern techniques including CXL (Corneal collagen crosslinking), Kerarings and CXL-PRK (Crosslinking combined with PRK laser).

I have not only been awarded the prestigious CertLRS by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists but I also hold a postgraduate qualification from the University of Ulster, illustrating my extensive knowledge and experience in refractive surgery. I offer laser refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK and SMILE) in addition to Phakic intraocular lenses (STAAR ICL). For those patients looking to improve their outcomes beyond that of standard cataract surgery and wishing to decrease their dependence on glasses, I offer all modern advanced intraocular lenses (Toric, Monofocal+, EDOF, Multifocal).

I am particularly interested in paediatric anterior segment eye surgery. I am the lead clinician for a well-established and busy NHS service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, catering to all patients in the region and accepting referrals from across the north of England.

My extensive surgical expertise is reflected in the high volume of surgeries that I undertake, totalling over 1000 cataract and refractive procedures annually. I am extremely dedicated to improving outcomes for my patients and my complication rate is one of the lowest in the country.

I am a training program director at the Yorkshire deanery, designing and delivering a training program to specialist ophthalmologists. I oversee the Corneal and Refractive surgery fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals where I support the development of ophthalmologists from international destinations. My academic portfolio is far-reaching and includes lecturing appointments at the University of Leeds, the University of Bradford and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In recognition of my academic achievements, I have received over 10 national and international awards.


General Medical Council Number: C7079915

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Dunleavy at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK, PRK and SMILE)
  • Phakic Intraocular Lenses (STAAR ICL)

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Oculoplastic surgery
Refractive surgery

BSc (hons) / University of Leeds / 2007
Human Physiology

MBChB / University of Leeds / 2010
Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery

PGDip / Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) / 2019
Health Professions Education

PGDip / University of Ulster / 2022
Cataract & Refractive Surgery

FEBO / European Board of Ophthalmology / 2018
Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology

FRCOphth / Royal College of Ophthalmologists / 2020
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professional memberships

RCOphth (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)

EBO (European Board of Ophthalmologists)

ESCRS (European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons)

NEOS (North of England Ophthalmic Society)

The Bowman Club

Professional leadership

Clinical Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Leeds School of Medicine, The University of Leeds
Lead for Optometry independant prescribing, Yorkshire Deanary
Specialist Guest Lecturer, Optometry & Visual Science, University of Bradford
Training Program Director - Ophthalmology Yorkshire Deanary

Consultant Ophthalmologist - Cataract, Corneal & Refractive surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Keeping fit these days generally consists of chasing my two young children. However, when the opportunity arises, I love to explore the beauty of the Yorkshire dales with my two dogs. I am also an avid rugby league enthusiast!

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