Mr Ian Simmons

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BVSc MB ChB FRCO


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I am a consultant ophthalmologist at Spire Leeds Hospital and specialise in paediatric ophthalmology. I initially trained as a veterinary surgeon but decided to retrain as a doctor to become a human ophthalmologist. My senior house officer years were split between Manchester (where I studied medicine) and Birmingham.

I did my higher surgical training in Yorkshire. During my fellowship year, I spent six months working with the paediatric oncologists in St James University Hospital in Leeds and six months at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. There I studied paediatric ophthalmology and paediatric ophthalmic oncology.

I received my CCST in July 1999 and began work as a consultant at Clayton Hospital in Wakefield in December 1999.

I moved to Leeds in June 2001. I have co-written two major textbooks which were published in 2001. One is on cataract surgery and the other concerns anterior segment reconstruction including a substantial medico-legal section.

My NHS timetable incorporates operating lists where I perform paediatric surgery and adult strabismus operations. I also run paediatric, adult ocular motility and general ophthalmology clinics. I am the director of the regional post-graduate education programme for ophthalmology. I am also the clinical director for eye services in Leeds.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ian Simmons at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Paediatrics

Other treatments

  • Neuro ophthalmology
  • Paediatric ophthalmology
  • Squint surgery

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Ophthalmology
Neuro-ophthalmology
Paediatric ophthalmology
Squint surgery

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

American Academy of Ophthalmology

British Isles Strabismus Association

Current NHS posts

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, St James's University Hospital, Leeds

Clinical director, head and neck directorate LTHT

Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds

Personal profile

I enjoy photography and film. I am hoping to start my third screenplay soon when the pressure of having four teenage children eases off. I am on the board of Yorkshire Eye Research and I'm involved in a project in Uganda treating children with eye cancer.

Contact information

Telephone Insured patients 0113 218 5908/9, self-pay patients 0113 218 5967
Email Info@spireleeds.com
Private secretary Tracey Horne
Private secretary telephone 0113 218 5940
Private secretary fax 0113 218 5990
Private secretary email tracey.horne@spirehealthcare.com