Ms Jane Ashworth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Paediatric Ophthalmologist

BMBCh (Oxon) FRCOphth PhD

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Personal profile

I was appointed as a Paediatric Ophthalmology consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2007, following fellowship training. I lead the clinical and surgical management of a wide range of children’s eyes conditions, including childhood strabismus (surgical and botulinum toxin treatment), amblyopia, paediatric cataract (including surgical treatment), paediatric uveitis and genetic eye conditions.

I lead regular multidisciplinary subspeciality clinics in paediatric uveitis, paediatric cataract and ophthalmic genetics, and have particular interest in neuro-metabolic conditions. I take part in the regional retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment service.

In addition to her clinical expertise, I am actively involved in paediatric ophthalmology research, and have co-authored 3 book chapters and more than 60 publications together with receiving several research grants. I regularly speak at national and international conferences, and have co-chaired workshops and study days on paediatric ophthalmology topics in both the US and UK.

I have a major role in teaching and training at MREH and regionally; I am Training Program Director for Ophthalmology in the North West region, and have been College Tutor and Education lead for MREH. I am chair of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist Equivalence of Training Committee, and am Guardian of Safe Working for Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. I am clinical and educational supervisor to ophthalmology trainees at MREH, and lead the Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship program at MREH which attracts national and international candidates. I am an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

I co-chair the Paediatric Ophthalmology working group for the European Reference Network for rare Eye Diseases (EYE-ERN).

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • International Member American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
  • Member of British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association (BIPOSA)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • UK Eye Genetic Group (UK EGG)
  • European Reference Network for Rare Eye Diseases (EYE-ERN)

Clinical Interests

  • General and specialised paediatric ophthalmology including childhood lid disease
  • strabismus (squint)
  • amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • childhood cataract
  • genetic eye disease
  • retinal disease in children
  • neuro-metabolic disease
  • uveitis in children
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • Surgical treatment of paediatric minor lid conditions, squint (surgical and botulinum toxin), paediatric cataract, paediatric glaucoma.

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