Prof William Ayliffe

Prof William Ayliffe

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBBS, FRCS (Ed,) FRCS (Lond, FRCOphth, PhD

I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at St Anthony’s Hospital. After graduating with a first in Immunology at Imperial College, I qualified in medicine in St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Specialising in inflammatory eye diseases and corneal and cataract surgery. I held a research registrar post at Oxford, before training in clinical ophthalmology in Bristol, Manchester and Harvard, USA. My PhD was on mechanisms of corneal transplant failure. I have worked in developing countries and also with ORBIS, the international flying eye hospital. In addition to general ophthalmology, I have developed a local and tertiary referral service for cornea, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease. As well as being a practising clinician and teacher, I am also continuing to carry out clinical research into the prevention of blindness.

I specialise in cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, complex cataract surgery with specific interests in corneal transplantation, uveitis and inflammatory eye conditions, corneal dystrophy, macular degeneration, macular haemorrhage, MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction), floaters (eye), glaucoma, eye problems, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal disease, corneal ectasia, blepharitis and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Prof William Ayliffe at Spire include:


Paediatrics - ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Astigmatism treatment
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal transplant
  • Corneal Disease
  • Eyelid cyst surgery 
  • Inflammatory eye disease and anterior segment surgery including small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Uveitis

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