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Meet the Glaucoma team


Consultant Ophthalmologists:

Registered medical practitioners dealing with diseases, injuries and operations involving the eyes.

Diseases of the eyes include Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration. The Consultant Ophthalmologists make high level decisions and judgments that are based on an understanding of the complexities of ophthalmic conditions.


The Consultant Ophthalmologist works with a team of medical and other healthcare professionals to provide leadership and co-ordination to that team.


Daniel Byles
Consultant Ophthalmologist

I have been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the West of England Eye Unit since 2001, specialising in Glaucoma and also in Cataract surgery and general diseases of the eyes. I also provide a Visual Electrophysiology Service to investigate causes of poor vision and a Botulinum Toxin clinic for people with abnormal facial movements.  My other clinical interests include LASIK laser correction of short and long sightedness at Exeter Nuffield Hospital.


I Trained at Cambridge University and Bristol Medical Schools. My ophthalmic training was in Oxford with a Glaucoma and Corneal Fellowship at Bristol Eye Hospital. My other roles in the Eye Unit include Lead Clinician for Ophthalmology and Peninsular Medical School Specialty Lead for Ophthalmology.

Contact Info of Secretary: Tracey Gillbard tel: 01392 406010


Michael Smith
Consultant Ophthalmologist
I have been a Consultant at the West of England Eye Unit (WEEU) since 2008 and have a special interest in Glaucoma. I attended medical school at the University of Glasgow and undertook ophthalmic training in the South West, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Brisbane, Australia. In 2008 I completed a Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Glaucoma at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Contact Info of Secretary: Karen Randall tel: 01392 406316


Glaucoma Nurse Specialist:

An autonomous practitioner responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients with Glaucoma, Glaucoma Suspects or Ocular Hypertension.  As team leader there is a responsibility to facilitate practice development, innovation and research, and to teach and assess members of the multidisciplinary team.


Jane Kingett
Glaucoma Nurse Specialist
I have worked as an Ophthalmic Nurse for 20 years in the following areas; theatre, ward, outpatients department and Eye A&E.  I have been in my current post since 2003 and have recently undertaken my LGV licence in order to drive the Mobile Eye Clinic to various locations for reviewing Glaucoma patients in the community.


Glaucoma Practitioners:

As well as having Nursing Degrees and previous ophthalmic experience, we work closely with the consultants and other members of the health service such as Opticians and GP’s to provide screening and follow-up care for glaucoma patients. Glaucoma Practitioners undergo MSc Glaucoma modules in assessment and management of Glaucoma and non medical independent prescribing qualifications.


Rachel Garratt
Glaucoma Practitioner
I have worked in the Glaucoma Unit since July 2009, during which I have completed two Masters level modules in Glaucoma with Manchester University. Previous to moving to the Glaucoma Unit, I worked in Ophthalmic Theatres for a year as a scrub nurse. Prior to developing an interest in Ophthalmology, I have worked in Main Operating Theatres covering all specialities, for NHS Direct as a nurse advisor and also on Yeo ward caring for Oncology patients. I trained here at Exeter and during my training worked part time as a nursing assistant and also for Marie Curie caring for patients in their own homes.
My clinical interests are Ophthalmology and Oncology.


Tom Howard
Glaucoma Practitioner
As the newest member to the Glaucoma team, I have been working in the West of England Eye Unit (WEEU) for 3 years as an Orthoptist, diagnosing and managing ocular motility disorders. At present I am studying towards the completion of a Masters in Glaucoma and Allied Health Provision.


Glaucoma Imaging Technicians:

Provide technical support for Glaucoma Practitioners in carrying out Glaucoma screening and follow-up clinics. We record patients’ visual acuities, carry out Humphrey visual field assessments, perform digital stereoscopic optic disc photography, retinal topography scans and optical coherence tomography images of the eye.


Jessica Sanders
Glaucoma Imaging Technician
I have worked at the Glaucoma Unit since October 2009, where I carry out various technical assessments to visually record the appearance of patients’ optic nerve/optic discs. I also drive the Mobile Eye Clinic to various locations for reviewing follow-up patients in the community.
Before working at the Glaucoma Unit, I spent 6 years studying photography and lens-based media, gaining my BA (hons) Degree in Photography and working in various photography studios. I enjoy using the equipment and find it rewarding to utilise these skills to benefit patient care. My particular clinical interests include Glaucoma and other eye diseases, and Medical Photography.


Deborah Christopher
Glaucoma Imaging Technician
I have worked at the Glaucoma Unit since October 2009, where I operate a variety of machines in order to carry out visual assessments for both new referrals and regular follow-up Glaucoma patients. I undertake these examinations both on site at the RD&E Hospital and on the Mobile Eye Clinic for visiting patient’s in the community.  
Before working at the Glaucoma Unit, I worked for a year as a Clerical Officer on the Breast Care Unit. As a Glaucoma patient myself, I have a clinical interest in Glaucoma and visual loss.


Vicki Turner
Visual Field Technician
I work as a Humphrey visual field technician within the Glaucoma Unit. My main duties are recording visual acuities, performing visual fields, and demonstrating and dispensing drop aids to patients. I also organise the Glaucoma Support Group meetings, and perform Legal DVLA checks for drivers with some visual loss. I joined the Glaucoma Unit in February 2004. Previous to working at the Eye Unit, I worked as an Auxiliary Nurse on Bramble Children’s Ward, EMU, A&E and Taw Ward.


Carrie Barker
Glaucoma Secretary – (awaiting bio)
Booking Appointments, arranging clinics, typing appointment letters to patients, answering queries from patients.

Contact Tel: 01392 406045.