Professor Robert MacLaren

Professor Robert MacLaren

Ophthalmology 03493087

  • Not Fee assured
  • Not in Open Referral network
Not Fee assured
Not in Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Surgical retinal

About me

Robert MacLaren is Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Honorary Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Faculty Member and Founding Theme Leader of the Moorfields-UCL, Institute of Ophthalmology Biomedical Research Centre. From 2010-2012 he was also Theme Leader for Brain Research at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Bodley Fellow of Merton College Oxford.

Previous notable achievements in ophthalmic surgery include defining the equations for lens power predictions for cataract surgery in extreme myopia (J Cataract Refract Surg 2005) and hyperopia (Am J Ophthalmol 2007); the first in human gene therapy trial for choroideremia (Lancet 2014; New Engl J Med 2016; Nature Med 2018); the first ever use of a robot to operate inside the human eye (Nature Biomed Eng 2018); the first gene therapy treatment to reverse vision loss in retinitis pigmentosa (Nature Med, 2020) and the first gene therapy trial for the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, together with Gyroscope Therapeutics (

Although listed as 'not fee assured', all surgical and outpatient fees will be charged as per Bupa guidelines. Cataract patients will however be offered the full range of intraocular lenses, many of which are not covered by Bupa reimbursement. Therefore patients opting for some of the more advanced lenses (e.g. multifocal) may incur an additional shortfall outside of their policy.

Areas of interest

Cataract surgery; Cataracts; Age related macular degeneration (AMD); Eyes; Diabetic retinopathy; Retinal disease / surgery; Visual disorders; Medical retina; Vitreoretinal surgery; Anterior segment surgery (eyes);

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