Mr Stephen Lash

Mr Stephen Lash

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BSc(Hons), BM, MRCOphth, FRCOphth, MBA

"Spire are always supportive with care of my patients and offer great staff and equipment to allow for the best possible outcomes."

Specialises in

  • Cataracts
  • Retinal detachment
  • YAG laser
  • Macular hole
  • Lens exchange

Having worked in optometry since 1994, I have over 20 years experience in ophthalmology and 13 years as a consultant VR surgeon at university Hospital Southampton.

I specialise in all surgical Retinal disease including Epiretinal membrane and macular holes as well as VMT, floaters, surgical diabetes. I also specialise in cataract surgery using a variety of extended range lenses as well as offering a complex cataract service for high risk cases. I have a great deal of experience with faulty lens exchange (Oculentis) having performed around 150 cases.

I have super specialist interest in IOL complications and have completed over 400 Scleral Haptic Fixations. I am the senior VR surgeon at University Hospital Southampton and deal with complex retinal disease and have completed thousands of cases.

I have performed several thousand cataract surgeries and retinal procedures.

I have previously held senior management positions with Specsavers/ Newmedica and Optegra and have previously been lead VR surgeon at University Hospital Southampton.

I am an enthusiastic teacher of Optometrists having set up the Four Seasons education group, I also teach medical students and GP trainees and GP’s as well as fellow consultants leading a college course in London on managing lens complications.


General Medical Council Number: 4666945

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Stephen Lash at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cataract complications management
  • Complex cataract surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Floaters
  • Lens exchange including Oculentis
  • Macular hole
  • Vitrectomy for retinal detachment
  • VMT

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Diabetic eye disease
Retinal disease
Vitreo-retinal surgery

BM / Southampton / 1999
Bachelor of medicine, Bachelor of science with Honours in Ophthalmic Optics, Master of business and administration

Professional memberships


Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth)

British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)

European Society of Retina Specialists - Euretina

Professional leadership

Previous Lead VR Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton
Previous Medical Director at Optegra
Previous National Lead for VR surgery, Optegra

Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital Southampton

I have been married for 25 years and have 4 children slowly leaving home ( It went so fast!), and thanks to my 11 year old, Monty a Golden Retriever! I am part of Highfield Church and have several mentoring responsibilities and outside my main hobby (surgery) I love walking in the Lake District and having good food with good friends! I very much enjoy training the juniors in surgery and am currently writing a book on the subject probably called ‘The Three boxes of surgery and how to think outside them to become a better surgeon’. I am an enthusiast and enjoy treating patients with a sense of fun, expertise and most of all reassurance. Having Eye surgery is nowhere near as bad as it sounds!

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