Mr. Deepak Chitkara
“I strive to be the best in the world not just try my best.”
Deepak Chitkara, Clinical Director
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
For over 20 years Mr Chitkara has established a reputation as one of the leading expert in Refractive or Corrective Eye surgery in UK and Internationally.
Graduate of Manchester University Medical School in 1983 – MBChB with Honours in Physiology and Biochemistry
Trained as an Eye surgeon in Manchester and North East England passing his specialist post-graduate exams and became a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist (FRCOphth) in 1993.
He developed a passion for corrective (refractive) eye surgery during his specialist training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery in USA. The fellowship was completed with distinction under Professor Marguerite McDonald in New Orleans in 1995. Prof McDonald is the first person in the world to perform Laser eye surgery and a world renowned authority in Corneal and Laser Eye surgery.
During the training with Prof Mcdonald he was among the first in the UK to perform LASIK laser eye surgery. He also wrote the Chapter on Laser Eye Surgery for the Reference Manual in Corneal surgery.
As part of his research project he helped to develop the First Radar tracking Excimer Laser for corrective eye surgery produced by Autonomous Technologies. This same technology is used today by NASA to dock the space shuttle with the International Space Station and is now used in eye lasers to follow the eye during laser treatment.
Appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Sunderland in April 1995 and then at University Hospital in Aintree, Liverpool from 1995 to 2001. At Aintree Hospitals he established the Cornea Clinic performing high volume cataract surgery and corneal transplants.
He was one of the first surgeons to perform Implantable Contact lens Surgery in UK as part of a research team developing this alternative new technology for correcting vision. He is now one of the most experienced surgeons in UK performing this surgery routinely. This Implantable Contact lens surgery is now considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for corrective eye surgery.
He was also one of the investigative group of surgeons in Europe looking to use Intacs corneal implants for correction of shortsight and astigmatism in 1997. Intacs is now established as a treatment for Keratoconus to correct astigmatism. He is now considered one of the most experienced surgeons in UK to perform this technique.
In 2001 he jointly developed one of the most advanced and successful accommodating Implants for correcting near vision, the Tetraflex’ Lens implant. This lens has been used by the majority of clinics in UK to correct near vision as part of Lens Exchange surgery or cataract surgery. As a consequence of this collaboration he was appointed Clinical Director for research and development of Lenstec Intraocular lenses Inc.
Mr Chitkara established and became one of the Directors of Boots Laser Eye clinics in 2001. As Director his role was to develop and monitor all protocols for laser treatments in all the clinics, Audit of quality control and training of all staff including doctors.
In 2004 Mr Chitkara founded Viewpoint Vision Services ltd, an independent Private Corrective eye surgery clinic with the aim of providing the most advanced and comprehensive corrective surgery clinic in the North. He was also appointed a member of the European Refractive surgery committee for Bausch and Lomb laser companies. He has continued to develop his interest in corrective surgery especially the treatment of presbyopia (corrective treatment for Reading glasses). This special interest includes the use of advanced technologies such as multifocal implants accommodating implants and corneal Inlays to correct for presbyopia.
In 2008 Mr Chitkara was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon In St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to modernise Cataract surgery in the Area. He established the first Rapid Access Cataract Service in St Helens as well as surgery under topical anaesthesia. This introduction led to virtual elimination of waiting lists for cataract surgery in St Helens for the first time in its history and to double the throughput of cataract surgery in the area.
Most recently he has introduced one of the most advanced technology for correcting near vision in the form of “Raindrop’ Implants. Viewpoint remains at the leading edge of technological developments in Corrective surgery and is the one of only two clinics in UK accredited to perform this procedure.
Mr Chitkara maintains an academic interest. He is also:
- Reviewer for the ‘Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’, ‘Ophthalmology’ and ‘Cornea’ journals.
- Former Member of Editorial Advisory Board for ‘Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today’.
- Author of several chapters on Cataract and Excimer laser surgery in 6 different textbooks.
- Former Council member of UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (UKISCRS)
- Member of all major European and American Intraocular Implant and Refractive societies such as American academy, ESCRS, ASCRS and IIIC.
- Invited speaker, faculty member and chairman at all major international cataract and refractive conferences worldwide on a routine basis.
If you are interested in scheduling a refractive surgery consultation with Mr Deepak Chitkara, please contact Viewpoint Vision Services in St. Helens today.
Mr Deepak Chitkara is also available for consultations at:
- Oaklands Hospital, Manchester
- Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle
- iSight Clinic, Southport
- Woodlands Hospital, Kettering, Northamptonshire
- Abbey Sefton Hospital, Liverpool
- American Academy Of Ophthalmology
- International Intraocular Implant Club
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- Royal College of Ophthalmologist
- North of England Ophthalmological Society