Consultant: Michel Michaelides 2017-06-30T12:57:34+00:00

Michel Michaelides is a London Harley Street Inherited Retinal Diseases Specialist

Michel Michaelides BSc MB BS MD(Res) FRCOphth FACS

Medical Retina & Inherited Retinal Specialist

  • Areas of expertise: Medical Retina, Inherited Eye Disease and Paediatric Ophthalmology

  • GMC Reg no: 4426013

  • Consultant’s CV: Download CV here


  • 2008: FRCOphth 2012 FACS
  • 2004: MD (University College London)
  • 2001: MRCOphth
  • 1997: MB BS (King’s College London)
  • 1994: Intercalated BSc Pharmacology, 1st Class (Kings College London)


  • European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society
  • European Society of Retina Specialists
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The British Eye Study Group
  • The Macula Society

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Michel Michaelides, Professor of Ophthalmology

Michel Michaelides is Professor of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in the departments of Medical Retina, Inherited Eye Disease and Paediatric Ophthalmology; and is a Department of Health funded Professor at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He is a recipient of a career development award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (USA) – an award which is rarely given to non-US applicants; and has gained membership of the highly prestigious Macula Society in the USA.

He has undertaken a medical retina and genetics clinical fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and a combined ophthalmic genetics and paediatric ophthalmology clinical and research fellowship at the internationally renowned Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

He undertook a period of dedicated research (2002-2004), with his doctoral thesis entitled: ‘Cone and Central Receptor Dystrophies – A Clinical and Molecular Genetic Investigation’.

His clinical and research interests include diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration and inherited eye disease in adults and children; with over 90 peer-reviewed publications and 14 co-authored book chapters. He collaborates closely with Professors Robin Ali and James Bainbridge in the UK and Professors Joe Carroll and Richard Weleber in the USA, culminating in multiple publications and presentations relating to both acquired and inherited retinal disease and the development of new treatments. He is actively involved in retinal clinical trials investigating novel and established therapies, being a principal investigator in 6 on-going clinical trials. He has an excellent research and clinical reputation.

Professor Michaelides is a Professor of Ophthalmology at University College London based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, one of the leading vision research centres in the world, and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the largest and oldest eye hospitals in the world.

His research and teaching revolves around retinal disease, which accounts for the commonest causes of visual loss in children, the working age and the retired population in the western world.

Professor Michaelides leads research studies to improve our understanding of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular oedema and inherited retinal diseases, both in children and adults. Inherited retinal disease now represents the commonest cause of visual loss in the working age population and the second commonest in childhood in the UK.

Professor Michaelides is also involved in the development of novel treatments for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and inherited retinal disease, both in the laboratory and also in terms of undertaking clinical trials to determine the safety and effectiveness of these new treatments.

He has research grant funding of over £8 million to undertake research into retinal disease from a broad range of funders, including the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Foundation Fighting Blindness (USA), Fight for Sight, Macular Society and the National Institute for Health Research.

In terms of his clinical role, he is a Consultant in the Departments of Medical Retina, Inherited Eye Disease and Paediatric Ophthalmology, having regular clinics in both adult and paediatric inherited and non-inherited retinal disease. He is regularly involved in delivering therapies for retinal disease, including intravitreal treatments and laser treatments, both with conventional laser and photodynamic therapy.

Treatments that Michel Michaelides performs at Clinica London

Macular Degeneration


General Ophthalmology

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What our patients say

“Dear Professor Michel Michaelides , Thank you very much for your letter of the 4th September 2012. Ths means so very much to myself and Victor, during this terrible stressful time. Ever sind my first consultation with you, the caring dedication and understanding I have received from you has been priceless. Thank you with all my heart. Wishing you a healthy and happy future. Yours sincerely Doreen S.”
Doreen S.
“Dear Dr. Michaelides,
I just wanted to express mine and my parents gratitude for arranging to see us all today and taking the time to answer all our questions. We left with a much greater understanding of the issues involved with genetic testing, the potential pattern of inheritance I have, and a renewed optimism over advances that could be happening in the field. It was also very helpful and reassuring to see Dr Amar again and be introduced to Jonathan the genetic counsellor – please do pass on our thanks to them as well. Yours sincerely Rachael S.”
Rachael S.
“Dear Professor Michaelides ,
Well done and thank you! You saw me last November for my annual RP assessment. You recommended to see the Glaucoma unit which I duly attended last week. (There was a delay because I had a cataract op in February)
I do indeed have glaucoma as well as RP.
Thankfully glaucoma is likely to be treatable with drops, so now at last the deterioration in my sight may be least partially arrested.
I hope you will recommend to the retinal team that all RP suffers are tested for Glaucoma at fitting intervals. Yours sincerely, Edmund S.”
Edmund S.
“Dear Professor Michaelides ,
On behalf of my mother as well as myself, I would like to thank you for the consultation we had with you last Friday regarding my Usher Type 2/ RP condition. The knowledge and advice you shared with us was much appreciated. Today I received copy of the letter which you sent to my GP as record of the consultation. You might recall I mentioned that I have and indoor cycling frame which is great for an ex-road cyclist. If you should have any other patients who have to give up cycling on the road, I can recommend the “e-motion rollers” which is an American product and allows cyclists to ride their actual bike without modifications – suitable only for road bikes with high tyre pressure. Kind regards, Chris B.”
Chris B.
“Thank you for this, it’s nice to know you got the information you needed and were treated with respect. The team at Clinica London are good and the key thing, as you say, is seeing someone with the speciality in retinal degeneration. David “
“Dear Michel, My wife and I wish to thank you for your kindness and attention with regard to my poor eyesight. Your caring attitude and honest approach to help relieve my problem and find the best solution is overwhelming. And it is with this in mind we would like to express our sincere thanks for everything you have done for me. Kind regards, Maurice K”
Maurice K.

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