Mr Richard Stead

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBChB, BSc(Hons), FRCOphth

Personal profile

Mr Richard Stead has been working as a consultant ophthalmologist at Queens Medical Centre since 2015. Over the last 20 years Ophthalmic health has been both his academic and professional focus.

A first-class degree in Optometry, finishing top of the year, led to a greater interest in the treatment of eye conditions and spurred Richard on to leaving a career in Optometry and committing to training in medicine.

Throughout his training in Leicester, Richard was always focussed on Ophthalmology, winning the local Keeler prize and finishing in the top three of the prestigious national Duke Elder prize before undertaking an elective at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Richard completed his specialist training at The Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, gaining his fellowship to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists quickly.

A fellowship in glaucoma at the renowned Birmingham Midland Eye Centre followed in 2014. In 2015 Richard gained his substantive consultant post as a Glaucoma specialist in the Queens Medical Centre acting as part of the team providing tertiary glaucoma care for the East Midlands.

Along with the management of Glaucoma, Richard is an accomplished cataract surgeon and general Ophthalmologist. Richard is the current Royal College tutor for trainee Ophthalmologist in the area, training and supporting current candidates on the specialist training programme. Richard has extensive research published and continues to strive to develop new techniques and procedures.

He was one of the first to perform the iStent procedure in the Region and maintains a keen interest in the development of minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery which is a rapidly expanding area of development. This is in addition to performing more traditional trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgeries. Richard continues to perform complex cataract surgeries and is involved with the surgical training of more junior ophthalmologists.

As a patient you will find Richard is a friendly consultant able to explain the best course of management available for your condition. He prides himself on being open and honest. Patient feedback rates Richard’s communication skills most highly, able to adapt to the needs of the patient and those around them.

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • UK and Eire Glaucoma Society
  • Midland Glaucoma Society
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Medical Protection Society

Clinical Interests

  • Complex glaucoma and phacoemulsification cataract surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma tube surgery

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