Mr David Anderson

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


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The eye is a truly amazing and wonderful organ providing us with vision, our most treasured sense. I am passionate about delivering excellence in surgical and medical care and delighted to be able to do this in conjunction with Spire Southampton’s outstanding medical facilities.



I am a senior cataract, refractive and corneal surgeon at UHS NHS FT with more than 30 years’ experience of intraocular surgery. I have jointly led the fellowship training programme in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at UHS for over a decade, training surgeons from across the world in advanced surgical techniques and led ophthalmology at UHS as clinical director from 2009 to 2012.



I trained at St Thomas’ Hospital in London undertaking my elective medical training in neurology and neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Following a position teaching anatomy at St Georges Hospital, I was appointed to positions in neurosurgery, then ophthalmology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. I continued my training at Southampton Eye Hospital and won a Medical Research Grant to fund my PhD followed by the award of TFC Frost Scholar to attend Bascom Palmer Eye institute in Miami, USA for one year. Completing my surgical training, I was offered sequential full Fellowships in corneal, cataract and laser eye surgery at Moorfield Eye Hospital in London completing these in 2003 when I was appointed corneal, cataract and refractive surgeon in Southampton.


Treatment information

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


Other treatments

  • Laser eye surgery 
  • Replacement lens surgery
  • LASIK, SMILE, Presbyond, LASEK and laser eye surgery
  • Corneal transplant surgery PK, DALK, DSEK
  • Keratoconus treatment CXL, ICR
  • YAG laser
  • SLT Selective laser trabeculoplasty
  • Pterygium surgery

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Refractive surgery

MB BS FRCOphth FEBO PhD CCST / University of London / 1989
Medical Qualifications for Ophthalmologists

Professional memberships

Affiliate Member of the Institute for Life Sciences | University of Southampton

Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology

Faculty member of the Microsurgical Skills Centre | Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professional leadership

Lead for International Fellowship Programme in Cornea and Cataract Surgery UHS NHS FT - 10 Years
National Expert Advisory Committee Nuffield Hospital Group
Advisor to NICE and NIHR

  • Respected academic with over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the scientific and medical literature.
  • Landmark publications in high impact scientific and ophthalmology journals
  • Author and co-author of 5 textbook chapters
  • Numerous invited speaking engagements including keynote speaker
  • Lead clinical investigator for research into astigmatism in cataract surgery, lens implant performance, and participation in large scale laser vision correction trials in LASIK and ASA
  • Trainer for AMO VisX in wavefront laser vision correction across Europe
  • Cited more than 2500 times across medical literature
  • PhD examiner for University of London


The Human Tissue Squad BBC3
March 2016

Peer reviewed articles by David Anderson

Consultant Ophthalmologist | University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Senior Lecturer | University of Southampton

I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children and living locally in lovely Romsey. Having held a Saints season ticket for some years and watched my middle son at Trojans Rugby I've experienced the full spectrum of sporting endeavor! We all enjoy music and the theatre and try to experience it as much as possible. 

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