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​Eye ​Department

Welcome to Dorset County Hospital's eye (ophthalmology) department, also known as the Royal Eye Infirmary.

We are located on Level 0, Entrance 2, East Wing, behind the large blue and red sculpture known as 'The Pencils'.

This is a very busy department dealing with some 22,600 appointments, 4,000 procedures and 1,600 operations a year.  Most frequently encountered conditions such as age related maculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, cataract etc. are treated in Dorchester and we have good connections with specialist centres if referral is needed for complex conditions.

Most clinics for children take place in the Children's Centre which is about 100 yards south of the main eye department.

We offer appointments only clinics, not a 'walk in' service and would advise patients to consult their optician, general medical practitioner or minor injury unit for initial treatment and possible referral.

Our Team

Mr Usama Faridi. FRCS-Ophth
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Experienced cataract surgeon. Special interest in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma.
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Miss Lucy Howe. BA Oxon, MBBS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Trained at Moorfields, specialises in medical retina, especially age related maculopathy and diabetic eye disease. Clinical lead and college tutor.
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Mr Athanassius Tadros. MBBCh, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth, FRANZCO
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Completed higher training in UK and Australia. Special interest in cataract and refractive surgery.
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Mr Michael Tsatsos
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Specialist in corneal, ocular surface and complex cataract surgery. Worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital and fellowship trained at Western Eye Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster (London).


Dr Dimitri Carayannopoulos
Staff Grade Doctor
Completed Ophthalmology training in UK. Interested in Medical Retina and Primary Care Ophthalmology


Dr Lucia Vatamaniuc, MBChB
Speciality Doctor
Trained in Moldova, and the UK. Twenty three years experience in general ophthalmology.



​​01305 255779


​01305 255451
​Macular Failsafe Officer
​Emma Fowler
01305 253166
Glaucoma Failsafe Officer
Rachel Jones
01305 255980​

​Secretaries' Contacts

Miss Howe
Mr Tadros
Sally Barnes
01305 255245
​Mr Faridi
Karen Taylor
01305 255300
​Mr Kettledas
Karen Dunkley
01305 255846​
​Mr Goverdhan
Sandie Loft
01305 255260​
​Lisa Keegan
01305 255924

Criteria Based Access Protocols for Treatment

These are the protocols we follow for treatment. Please find links below to the relevant policies on the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's website:


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