Mr John C Buchan is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Optegra Eye Hospital Yorkshire, specialising in cataract, emergency eye care, ophthalmic public health and epidemiology
With over 20 years' experience as an ophthalmic surgeon, John combines clinical work in Yorkshire with an academic appointment at the International Centre for Eye Health in London. His clinical work centres around cataract, glaucoma and general ophthalmic care at Optegra Yorkshire, as well as leading the Emergency Eye Care services and training junior ophthalmologists in cataract surgery as a consultant ophthalmologist at St James's Hospital in Leeds.
The need for a national body to promote Emergency Eye Care in the UK prompted him to convene a meeting of those in similar roles around the UK, and the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS) was formed in 2013 of which he is the Vice President.
Having undertaken an Ophthalmic Public Health fellowship post-CCT he represents the Royal College of Ophthalmologists on the Vision 2020 Public Health Committee, and retains a strong commitment to the application of public health principles to the delivery of sustainable eye care as part of the Leeds Ophthalmic Public Health Team.
As part of his career, John went with his wife and 4 children to work for 4 years in Sierra Leone, West Africa for the Christian development charity CBM, developing eye care in one of the poorest countries in the world, before returning to the UK in 2012.