Tom Eke, MD
I am an ophthalmologist, specialising in glaucoma and cataract surgery. I do nearly all of my surgery under local anaesthesia (LA), using a ‘less is more’ approach. I use topical-intracameral LA for virtually all cataract surgery, subconjunctival-intracameral LA for glaucoma surgery, and either no-snip sub-Tenon’s or sub-conjunctival LA for cyclodiode laser.
My ‘face-to-face upright seated positioning with topical-intracameral anaesthesia’ technique is very useful for patients who cannot lie flat for cataract surgery.
My publications cover safety and complication profiles of LA techniques, improving the patient experience, and managing difficult cases. I have been a member of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society (www.boas.org) since its inauguration, and have been a council member for many years. I was co-chair of the committee that produced the 2012 joint Royal Colleges’ national Guideline on LA for Ophthalmic Surgery. I hope that my work will contribute to improved safety, outcomes, and satisfaction, for patients who undergo eye surgery.