William Ayliffe

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
  • Central London Eye Hospital
  • Standard Cataract Treatment
  • Corneal Disease | Transplantation
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Uveitis


Professor Will Ayliffe is one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in the world. Soon after starting Medical School, it became apparent that his skills with a microscope and his passion about all things visual were only going to fulfilled as an Eye Surgeon. After a satisfying and demanding apprenticeship with the most famous surgeons in Europe and the U.S.A he returned to the UK as a consultant for the NHS.

After 20 years he became fully private, allowing him to choose and work with the best colleagues, support staff and Nurses while enabling access to the latest equipment and a wider choice of treatments to bespoke care towards the patient. He is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and a specialist in cataract but also is fellowship trained in cornea, uveitis and inflammatory eye diseases.

He has performed many thousands of successful operations to restore sight in and was a pioneer in the field of micro-incision surgery using sub 2mm incisions and the use of realistic iris prosthetic implants for badly damaged eyes. He also operates for a variety of other blinding conditions, including corneal disease needing transplants, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Professor Ayliffe is Emeritus Professor of Physic at Gresham College, Honorary Professor at City University and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Optegra.

As well as being a busy practising clinician and teacher, he also continues to carry out clinical research into the prevention of blindness.

After taking a first in Immunology at Imperial College, he qualified in Medicine in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London. Specialising in inflammatory eye diseases and corneal and cataract surgery he held a research registrar post studying the natural history, classification and treatments for cataract at Oxford University. After several publications and completion of this project, he completed training in clinical ophthalmology at Bristol, Manchester and Harvard University, USA.

The PhD thesis was on mechanisms of corneal transplant failure. Prof. Ayliffe has worked in many clinics in emerging economies around the globe, and with ORBIS, the international flying eye hospital. In addition to general ophthalmology, he has developed a local and tertiary referral service for cornea, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease.


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