Mr Stephen Charles is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal surgeon consulting at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and BMI The Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle.
He has extensive expertise in the surgical and medical treatments of vitreous and retinal diseases: retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease, and macular problems (eg. macular hole, macular pucker, age-related macular degeneration, including intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy) together with modern cataract surgery.
Mr Charles studied Medicine at Oxford University and the Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1983. He underwent specialist training in Newcastle, Cambridge (where he completed an MD thesis) and Manchester, with extensive sub-specialist training in vitreoretinal surgery. He worked as vitreoretinal fellow in Manchester under Professor David McLeod. Mr Charles then worked as Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo, Norway, from 1995 until appointed Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 1997.
Mr Charles has an interest in medical education and training: he has organised the internationally recognised Vitreoretinal Fellowship programme at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital since 2000, training vitreretinal surgeons from as far a field as Australia and New Zealand. He regularly gives lectures on vitreoretinal surgery, and also is a regular speaker on ophthalmology training courses for General Practitioners. He is a council member of the North of England Ophthalmological Society.