Mr. John Bolger


Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director

Mr Bolger is one of the first surgeons to introduce micro incision cataract surgery to the UK. He is invited to lecture extensively both in Britain and abroad, and his surgery master classes are very highly rated. He has carried out over 30,000 cataract operations and among his patients are 20 other eye surgeons.

In his free time Mr Bolger enjoys flying helicopter, playing the classical guitar, baking bread and pastries and making fresh pasta.


  • Ophthalmology
  • Laser Refractive Surgery ( SMILE, Presbyond, Lasik, PRK, PTK)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Macular Degeneration

Current memberships:

  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of American Cataract & Refractive Surgeons’ Society

“Ever since I have become an ophthalmic surgeon I have been aware what a fabulous job I have. I am very lucky that I entered ophthalmology just when it was about to undergo a series of revolutionary advances. Small incision cataract surgery (phakoemulsification) with the insertion of a lens implant has changed the lives of millions of people worldwide. I am very privileged that I have met the two most important eye surgeons in modern ophthalmology, Harold Ridley, inventor of the lens implant and Charles Kelman, inventor of phakoemulsification. Thanks to them cataract surgery is one of the few true cures in modern medicine. After a cataract operation the patient can live a totally normal lifestyle.


The advent of the femtosecond laser which allows SMILE procedure, is also one the revolutions that is taking place during my career. For the first time it makes laser vision correction safer than contact lenses.


And at this time too we are seeing amazing changes is the treatment of glaucoma and wet macular degeneration. With modern treatment patients with these diseases can expect to keep normal vision. These constant advances always excite me and keep my enthusiasm fully energised. In this way I know that I am always giving each of my patients the best and latest treatment whatever their condition.

I get great satisfaction from teaching young ophthalmologists as they begin their surgical careers. To learn ophthalmic surgery safely requires great care and dedication from both the teacher and the student. Happily most of the first steps for the junior surgeon take place in a laboratory setting where the surgery in simulated in a pig eye. My colleagues tell me that so far I have taught over 1500 surgeons worldwide and it is very satisfying when they subsequently meet me at conferences and update me about their success. The future of the specialty is secure.”