Clinical Staff

cataract surgery in exeter

Mr Roland Ling, BM, BCh (Oxford); FRCOphth (London)

Roland Ling read Medicine at Oxford University and qualified in 1994. He started his career in Ophthalmology in 1996 and had most of his ophthalmic training in the South West of England.

In 2002 he was awarded a prestigious Retinal Fellowship in the University of Toronto, and spent a year specialising in Retinal Diseases in one of the top centres in North America. He returned to England in 2003 and was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Exeter.

Mr Ling performs Cataract surgery to a high standard using the latest Micro incisional technique (MIC) and Intraocular Lens Technology. He also specialises in treating Retinal Disorders. He was the first Retinal Specialist in the South West Peninsula to introduce anti-VEGF treatment (Avastin and Lucentis). He brought innovative vitreoretinal technologies to Exeter. He was the first Retinal surgeon in the South West Peninsula to transition to the 23-Gauge small incisional suture less vitrectomy system. He is an acknowledged expert in the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, and was Lead Clinician for the Exeter Diabetic Eye Screening Service.

In 2015 Mr Ling set up the Medical Eye Clinic in Exeter in partnership with his Optometry colleagues, Mr James and Charles Bill. This independent, privately owned eye clinic specialises in high end Micro Incisional Cataract surgery (MIC) and is the first clinic to have the full Zeiss Cataract Surgery Suite in the UK. The Medical Eye Clinic uses the extensive range of Intraocular Lenses from Zeiss, and proudly becomes the Zeiss Reference Centre in the UK.

Mr. Ling combines his consummate professional skills with an amiable personality. He is sensitive to the treatment needs of his patients, and place great emphasis in cultivating understanding and involvement of his patients in their treatments.

Mr Ling is married with three children. He is a keen amateur violinist in his leisure time, and enjoys making music with his children who are also budding young violinists.

john park

Mr Jonathan Park, BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), FRCOphth

Mr Park is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a specialist interest in medical and surgical retina.

Mr Park qualified as a doctor from the University of Bristol in 2005 with honours in medicine and surgery. He completed an additional year of research to be awarded an honours degree in anatomical sciences.

Mr Park then completed seven years of Ophthalmic surgical training in South West England. Following this, he completed an internationally respected retinal specialist fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada. This provided extensive experience in the treatment of retinal disorders at the largest retinal unit in North America.

Mr Park provides cataract surgery tailored to fit the specific requirements of each individual patient he treats. Given his retinal surgery sub-specialty training, he also provides cataract surgery for complex cases.

Mr Park offers care for a variety of retinal eye diseases including age related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vein occlusion, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment, macular hole and epi-retinal membrane. This includes the provision of intra-vitreal injections, laser procedures and vitrectomy surgery.


Mr Salman Waqar, MBBS, FRCOphth

Mr Salman Waqar, MBBS, FRCOphth

I completed my basic medical qualification (MBBS) from Rawalpindi Medical College (University of Health Sciences) Pakistan in 2005.This was complimented by two years of Foundation training in north-east England and a year of work in cardiothoracic surgery in Sheffield, where I passed the MRCSEd (General Surgery) examination. I then completed seven years of specialist ophthalmic training on the south-west rotation (Devon and Cornwall), followed by a one year sub-specialty glaucoma fellowship in Exeter.

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and hold memberships with the United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. I have published over 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present regularly at national and international meetings.

My clinical areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of general and acute ophthalmic conditions. I specialise in the medical, laser and surgical treatment of Glaucoma (including minimally invasive glaucoma implants and aqueous shunt surgery), along with suture less micro-incision cataract surgery.

My academic interests include using virtual reality simulation to investigate surgeon performance and the development of innovative surgical instruments to improve patient safety. I am also involved in teaching medical students as part of the faculty with the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry, and regularly supervise trainee eye surgeons in my NHS practice.

Miss Fiona Irvine MB, BS, FRCOphth

Miss Irvine completed medical training at the Royal Free School of Medicine, University of London. Her ophthalmic training was mainly at Addenbrookes Hospital (Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), as well as surgical training at Gartnavel General Hospital NHS Trust in Glasgow and a fellowship in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery in Melbourne Australia.

Since her appointment as Consultant Ophthalmic, Oculoplastic and Orbitofacial Surgeon in 2007, Miss Irvine has performed over 400 specialist oculoplastic/orbital/lacrimal operations per year (plastic surgery operations around the eyes).

She has a good working relationship with colleagues in other specialties including: dermatology, plastic surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, radiology, histopathology, ENT surgery, and oncology.

Miss Irvine also runs a renowned subspecialty training fellowship in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery, which has been running for six years, training surgeons locally and from around the world.

Keith Allman

Dr Keith G. Allman MBChB MD FRCA

Dr Allman has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust since 1999. His anaesthetic training was completed in Perth, Western Australia, and the Nuffield Department of Anaesthesia, Oxford, where he spent two years as the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Research Fellow. He is author of “Anaesthesia for Cataract Surgery” in Yanoff and Duker’s US textbook of Ophthalmology and co-author of the Royal College of Anaesthetist’s Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Guidelines 2016-17. In 2016 he was co-opted as anaesthetic advisor for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) committee on Cataract Surgery, and has been council member of the British Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society (BOAS) since 2009, becoming President in 2017. He is also Editor of the bestselling “Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia” and has lectured on Ophthalmic Anaesthesia across four continents. In 2008 he first described the ‘Incisionless’ technique of sub-Tenon’s anaesthesia for Cataract Surgery, which is now used worldwide. Dr Keith Allman has recently been elected the President of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia society.

Mr Charles P Bill BSc MC Optom

Mr Charles P Bill BSc MC Optom

Charles graduated from Glasgow University in 1996 and finished his training at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Charles still runs a paediatric clinic at Torbay Hospital. Through his role in Bill opticians and the Medical Eye clinic Charles became chairman of Devon Local Optical Committee (2011-2015) and remains vice chair to this day. He speaks regularly at the National Optometry Conference and is involved in the training of optometrist through their CET program. The Medical Eye Clinic is a registered provider of CET training for optometrists.

He has done extensive work nationally including becoming a director of LOCSU and speaking to Members of Parliament about eye health care.

Charles is a supporter of high quality healthcare and as managing director of the Medical Eye clinic makes sure that this is delivered to all the patients that enter.

Mr James W Bill FBDO (CL)

Mr James W Bill FBDO (CL)

James first qualified as a dispensing optician in December 1993 and then went on to gain The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ specific Contact Lens Practitioners qualification.

Before returning to Devon James managed a number of prestigious practices in London’s West End. These including fashionable outlets in Covent Garden and Kings Road, as well as a Contact Lens Clinic in Wigmore Street, considered by many in the industry to be the home of optometry in Britain.

James has overseen the gradually expansion of the Bill Opticians group and firmly believes that the route to a successful optical practice is making ocular health the number one priority. Very few optical businesses would be able to cope with all aspects of a patient’s eye care needs but James is pleased that the affiliation between Bill Opticians and The Medical Eye Clinic can provide this. Eye examinations, spectacles, contact lenses, on-going eye disease monitoring and complex eye surgery can all be provided by our highly trained clinicians.


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