Martin Leyland BSc (hons) MB ChB (hons) MD FRCOphth

Martin Leyland BSc MD FRCOphthI started as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading in 2001, and I am currently Clinical Director of Head and Neck Services. I work in Reading and at the West Berkshire Community Hospital, Newbury, specialising in anterior segment ophthalmology, including cataract, corneal, conjunctival and eyelid disease. In 2004 I was appointed as Honorary Consultant to head the Corneal Service at the Oxford Eye Hospital, part of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a trainer for the Microsurgical Skills Faculty of the college. I am a member of the Cochrane Collaboration for Evidence-based Medicine.

I graduated with honours from Manchester University Medical School in 1992, and started my ophthalmology career in 1994 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury, moving to the Western Eye Hospital, London in 1995. From 1998 to 2001 I trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, becoming Senior Resident and culminating in a Fellowship in Anterior Segment ophthalmology (cataract and corneal disease).

My research interests have included cataract surgery, and in particular, on the best means of ensuring excellent unaided (glasses-free) vision following surgery. I was awarded my Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by Manchester University in 2003 for a thesis on the use of multifocal intraocular lenses in cataract surgery.


  • Certificate for Completion of Specialist Training 2001
  • MD 2003 (Manchester University)
  • FRCOphth 1996
  • MB ChB with Honours 1992(Manchester University Medical School)
    Awarded Hewlett Packard Prize for Overall Best Student at Final MB examination and Amit Atmul Shah Memorial Prize for Overall best student at pre-clinical examination.
  • 1st Class Honours Degree (BSc) in Physiology 1989
    Supported by a Joseph Holt Foundation Scholarship.