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Mr Vaughan Tanner

Consultant Ophthalmologist



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Mr Vaughan Tanner is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Circle Reading Hospital.

He was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the NHS in 2001 to create and lead the Berkshire wide Vitro-retinal Surgical Team.

He established a sub-specialist age related macular degeneration service, provides a micro incision cataract service and heads a general ophthalmic team for acute and routine eye conditions.

He joined Circle Reading in 2012 as a Consultant Ophthalmologist.

Mr Tanner's undergraduate study was at St George's Hospital Medical School, London and higher surgical training was at the Oxford Eye Hospital. He then carried out three years of advanced sub-specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and St Thomas' Hospital, London. During this period he gained expertise in the surgical and medical management of retinal disorders including macular surgery.

Mr Tanner's subspecialist interests and recent advances include the introduction of sub-2mm micro-incision cataract extraction and sutureless small incision vitrectomy techniques for the repair of retinal detachment, macular hole and other vitreoretinal diseases.

Lucentis antigrowth factor injections are now first line treatment for age-related macular degeneration and Mr Tanner is increasingly using them in other retinal conditions such as diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion.

Mr Tanner has recently introduced a new form of slow release steroid implant. This is now established as first line treatment of retinal vein occlusion, and is potentially useful in the treatment of diabetic macular oedema and age-related macular degeneration.

In the private sector he has developed a comprehensive service aiming to provide the highest level of personal care using the latest surgical techniques available. His main practice covers Berkshire and South East England but he also attracts national and international referrals.

He regularly gives regional and national lectures and has co-authored a postgraduate textbook, "Diseases of the Ocular Fundus", which was awarded first prize as "Best Authored Post Graduate Textbook" by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Authors.

He has hosted both the Southern and National Annual Meetings of The British and Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons.

He continues to play an active role in post graduate education and research and runs a fellowship training programme in advanced retinal surgical techniques, approved by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Personal profile

Vaughan is married to Heather who is also an ophthalmic surgeon, with three young daughters.

His main leisure interests are sporting and include running, swimming, road bike, skiing, golf and sailing.

Current NHS or research position

Consultant Vitro-retinal Surgeon, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire and King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor, Berkshire.

Special clinical interests

Cataract surgery and techniques for the repair of retinal detachment, macular hole and other vitreo-retinal diseases.

Research interests

Advances in provision of cataract and retinal surgery as day case procedures under local anaesthetic using minimally invasive, micro-incision techniques.
High resolution imaging (Optical Coherence Tomography) in the diagnosis and management of retinal disease.
Macular hole surgery techniques.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies

Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
British Medical Association
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
Medical Defence Union
European Vitreo-Retinal Society

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