Professor Simon Taylor Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Professor Simon Taylor


Surrey eye hospital


Cataract, Glaucoma, retinal disease and treament

Professor Simon Taylor is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Surrey and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey.

I am the Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Surrey and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, as well as at St. Mary’s Hospital, London.  I treat patients with many ophthalmic problems, but have a particular interest in diseases of the retina and in surgery for cataract and glaucoma.  I have an international reputation in the treatment of retinal and inflammatory ocular diseases and have published over 100 papers and lectured widely on these subjects.
Special interests
  • Routine and complex cataract surgery, including toric and multifocal lenses
  • Cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease or glaucoma, including in patients with low vision
  • Retinal disease and its treatment, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion
  • Glaucoma surgery, including microincisional glaucoma surgery, stents, laser, trabeculectomy and tube surgery
  • Uveitis (both anterior and posterior segment disease in adults and children)
Training and current roles

I took a first in medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge before training as an ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.  My research training was at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and I received a PhD from Imperial College London in 2009.  I completed my ophthalmology training as a Clinical Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, having completed Fellowship training at both Moorfields and Harvard Medical School.
I was accredited onto the Specialist Register as an ophthalmologist in September 2011 and was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in the December of that year.  I was appointed joint Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology and Director of R&D for the Trust in 2014, and Professor of Ophthalmology in 2015.   I pride myself on offering patients the latest available treatments for their eye conditions and run an extensive research programme of clinical trials and laboratory research supported by the National Institute of Health Research and other grant-awarding bodies.
Professional memberships
  • Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
  • Faculty Member, UK National Institute of Health Research
  • Faculty Member, Retina Subspecialty, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, International Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member, European Retina Society
  • Member, British Society of Immunology

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