Mr  David Spokes

Mr David Spokes

Consultant Ophthalmologist
BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), FRCOphth

Practising at

Spire Norwich Hospital

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Treatment information

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


Other treatments

  • Dry eye disease management
  • Premium cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery
  • Pterygium excision

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant ophthalmologist since 2014 and specialise in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the cornea and surface of the eye. Before taking up my consultant appointment in Norwich I undertook fellowships specialising in cataract surgery and disorders of the cornea and ocular surface in Perth, Australia and at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

I specialise in small incision cataract surgery and correction of long and short-sightedness and astigmatism. I offer toric, multifocal and the latest generation of extended depth of focus lens implants which reduce the need for spectacles after cataract surgery. I am experienced in situations requiring more complex surgical planning, for example cataract surgery after laser refractive surgery. I am experienced in corneal surgery, in particular pterygium removal and corneal transplants. I have a special interest in severe dry eye disease and other conditions affecting the surface of the eye.

I perform around 300 cataract operations each year with a complication rate significantly lower than the national average and I perform around 20 corneal transplants each year.

I am the Specialty Tutor for ophthalmology at NNUH, in which capacity I am responsible for overseeing the training of ophthalmology registrars and ensuring they are developing the skills needed for their future careers. I sit on the Regional Training Committee which oversees training in the Eastern Region and also chair the quarterly Regional Development Committee meetings.

I am heavily involved in education and training in ophthalmology in the region. I instruct across all the levels of ophthalmology trainees from those beginning their training to those nearing completion. This includes teaching at the regional induction week for new trainees, running the sub-specialty cornea training days and assisting with the retina training days. I also teach and examine at the exam preparation course for registrars nearing the end of their training. I am committed to undertaking research and am currently involved in a number of multi-centre trials assessing the effectiveness of various new technologies as well as collaborating with researchers from the University of East Anglia.

Clinical Interests

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Macular degeneration

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I have published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals including Cornea, Eye and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. I am also a co-author of a textbook on corneal surgery.

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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), FRCOphth / BSc and MBChB - University of Leeds; FRCOphth - Royal College of Ophthalmologists / 2011
Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professional memberships

UK & Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
British Medical Association  

Professional leadership

I am College Tutor for ophthalmology at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and also chair the quarterly Eastern region ophthalmology development group meetings.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Research and Publication

I have published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals including Cornea, Eye and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. I am also a co-author of a textbook on corneal surgery.


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Personal Profile

I enjoy exploring the Norfolk countryside with my wife and two daughters, mainly on foot but also by boat around the waterways of the Broads. We are involved in church life in Norwich. I enjoy swimming and water polo as well as taking skiing and snowboarding holidays with my family.

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Private contact details

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Karen Watling and Louisa Buck
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 508
Private secretary fax 01603 505 424
Private secretary email /