Mr Michael James Tappin

Consultant Ophthalmologist


Clinical Interests

  • Cataract surgery
  • Piggyback IOLs
  • Presbyopia correction
  • Corneal grafts
  • Anterior segment disease
  • Dry eye
  • Keratoconus
  • Band keratopathy
  • Pterygium
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal dystrophies
  • Recurrent erosion syndrome
  • Corneal and external eye disease
  • Corneal transplantation
  • Corneal transplantation (full thickness, lamellar and endothelial)
  • Corneal infections

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • American Academy of Ophthalmologists
  • European Society of Ophthalmologists
  • Greek Society of Ophthalmologists

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Royal Surrey County Hospital

Useful Links

Research Interests

  • Corneal transplant for endothelial cell failure and Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Refractive Surgery

Personal profile

Mr Michael Tappin’s main surgical interests include cornea, cataract, anterior segment, refractive laser and lens surgery.

Training and Appointment

He trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London before undertaking fellowships in corneal and refractive surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia.

Mr Tappin offers the full range of vision correction procedures as well as laser cataract surgery, a minimally invasive procedure performed using a laser which eliminates the use of a blade. He also performs the new Sulcoflex DUET Lens Exchange – an adjustable solution to correct vision at all distances and the first to offer lifelong reversibility.

Publications, lectures and teaching

In 2005, he became the first surgeon in the UK to perform an endothelial cell transplantation now known as DMEK. The pioneering technique is a less invasive surgery to treat Fuchs Dystrophy and endothelial cell failure. He also recently published a new surgical technique for the treatment of pterygium.

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