Mr Gavin Walters

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MBChB BSc MRCP FRCOphth

Year qualified:1990

Specialty

Personal profile

Gavin Walters was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Harrogate District Hospital and York Hospital in 2001. His special interests include medical retinal diseases (age related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and retinal vascular disease) and cataract surgery. He is lead clinician for age related macular degeneration treatment services in North Yorkshire. His training included subspeciality fellowship in medical retinal diseases at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London with specialist attachment at the Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. Specialist Ophthalmic training rotation in Yorkshire. General medical (internal medicine) training rotation Leeds.

He has taken a leading role in developing new services for eye care locally, regionally and nationally. His quality of care, as demonstrated by audit, far exceeds national and international standards. He pioneered the introduction of the regional age related macular (AMD) service which has been praised nationally. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and an investigator in a number of national and international research studies. He has advised NICE and Department of health on Age Related Macular Degeneration.  Cataract surgery audits show his results to far exceed UK and international standards (posterior capsule rupture rate [audit of 1600 consecutive cases] 20-50 times lower than national and international audits).

Professional Membership



  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • American Society Retinal Specialists

  • British Medical Association

  • North of England Ophthalmological Society

  • Yorkshire Retina Society

Clinical Interests



  • Small incision cataract surgery, including toric, multifocal and add on (piggyback) intraocular lenses

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including laser treatments, photodynamic therapy (PDT) with Visudyne (Verteporfin); intravitreal injections of VEGF inhibitors such as Lucentis (Ranibizumab) and Avastin (bevacizumab)

  • Diabetic retinopathy assessment and treatments including laser and intravitreal therapies

  • Retinal laser treatments

  • Treatments for macular oedema of various causes including branch, central retinal vein occlusions and diabetes using intravitreal ozurdex implants, lucentis and avastin injections

  • Specialist in interpreting OCT retinal scans (ocular coherence tomography), fluorescein angiography and ICG angiography

  • General ophthalmology

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