Enquiries: 01305 251150


Updated 18 February 2021


Mr Usama Faridi

FRCS-Ophth  Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh  2000
Clinical Fellowship in Glaucoma  Royal Devon and Exeter 2012

Initial Ophthalmic training in Pakistan at postgraduate Medical Institute Lady Reading Hospital
Locum Glaucoma Consultant at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Highly experienced cataract surgeon
Sub-specialty expertise in Glaucoma
Experience of Glaucoma shared care service
Vast experience in clinical research, audit and teaching.

Special interests
Medical and surgical management of Glaucoma

Royal Eye Infirmary - Dorset County Hospital                                 

01305 255300 


Miss Lucy Howe

BA Oxon
Cert Med Ed

Medical Retinal Fellowship undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Interest in medical education and completed a Certificate in Medical Education.
Trustee of the Macular Disease Society.

Special interests
Medical retina, especially age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease

New treatments introduced
The Medical Retinal Service and Deputy Ophthalmic Sister Tracy Glen have introduced a Rapid Access Service for patients suspected of having wet macular degeneration. Patients can be referred directly by their GP or optometrist. Tel: 01305 255192

01305 255186


Mr Srinivas Goverdhan


CCT in Ophthalmology Sept 2011 GMC - specialist register, London
FRCOphth, Ophthalmology July 2011 Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
PhD in Ophthalmology Aug 2008 University of Southampton, Southampton
FRCSEd, Ophthalmology June 2000 Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Mr Goverdhan is a UK trained Ophthalmologist with wide surgical expertise. He completed his Ophthalmology specialist training in Wessex followed by fellowship training in Oxford. He is an experienced high volume cataract surgeon having performed over 6000 cataract procedures till date. He delivers high quality cataract services for patients with all cataract complexities. His visual outcomes are 100% with one of the lowest complication rates in the UK (as published in the UK National Cataract Surgeons Audit survey of 2018).

Mr Goverdhan was awarded a PhD for his research into the "Immuno-Genetics of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)" from University of Southampton in 2006 (recipient of NIHR funded PhD research grant). He was also the recipient of a HEFCE senior clinical lectureship award in Medical retina from 2010 to 2015 at Southampton for clinical research and gene therapy for AMD (collaboration with Prof Lotery).

Mr Goverdhan is actively involved in patient benefit research programmes and NIHR clinical trials. He is currently leading Eye research and novel NHS clinical trials in AMD for patient benefit at REI. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on Cataracts and AMD in prestigious international and UK journals. He is a Wessex deanery certified Educational Supervisor and Clinical Tutor.

Special interests
Mr Goverdhan is currently the Clinical Lead for Cataract surgery and Age- related macular degeneration (AMD) at REI, DCHFT. Besides AMD, he also has specialist interest in the treatment of other retinal diseases like Diabetic retinopathy, Retinal Vein Occlusions, Uveitis, etc using new injection therapies and laser treatments. 

New treatments introduced
New intraocular lens implants including TORIC IOLs for cataract surgery at DCHFT.

New treatment pathways for Cataract Surgery with the introduction of Medisight EPR (Electronic Patient Records) and for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Dorset County Hospital ophthalmology department has not been involved in Ophthalmic research till now, but this has changed. Dorset patients had been unable to participate in novel and new clinical ophthalmology treatments until now.

Mr Goverdhan has for the first time started eye research clinical trials with the help of DCHFT research team and we have been able to complete recruitment and exceeded our target for the new STAR AMD clinical trial (ID 18040).

More Clinical trials are being recruited for which will raise the research profile of the Eye Unit at DCHFT besides supporting Wessex recruitment for clinical trials and provide a diversification of trial portfolios in Ophthalmology.

Mr Goverdhan established a world first novel animal model of dry Geographic AMD using laser, he also set up the first laser induced wet AMD animal models for Vision Research Group/collaborators at Southampton University.

Mondays – Blandford Community Hospital
Tuesday to Friday – REI, Dorset Community Hospitals Foundation Trust

01305 255260 (Secretary Sandie Loft) 

Key members of the team
Tracy Glen, Research Nurse lead for Ophthalmology
01305 255253