Edward Lee

MA (Oxon) BM BCh PhD FRCOphth

Retinal Detachment, Vitrectomy, Macular Hole, Epiretinal Membrane, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Vitreous Haemorrhage, Floaters

Quick Facts…

Mr Edward Lee specializes in a list of eye-related procedures related to the retina. He is trained in numerous and varied medical procedures for patients requiring vitrectomy, retinal detachment surgery, macular hole surgery, cataract surgery or treatment for floaters (among many other conditions).

Mr Lee presently is a consultant Ophthalmologist and Surgeon practising in Centre for Sight, Oxshott centre and at a number of private hospitals around London, including in Ashtead, Croydon and North Cheam. His NHS base is the Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is the head consultant for retinal services.

In his recent research, Mr Lee and his team have published a pilot study following retinal detachment repair displacement of the retina, relative to its pre-detachment position that can be detected with auto-fluorescence imaging. They are in the process of conducting a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the role of posturing as a means of preventing retinal displacement.

Education & Training

Mr Edward Lee studied Medicine at Oxford University, where he won an Open Academic Scholarship from Brasenose College and a number of prizes following end of year exams. Since qualifying he has worked in the UK and New Zealand before sub-specialising with specialist fellowships at St.Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Mr Lee is a frequent presenter at national and international ophthalmology meetings. His principal areas of research relate to improving patient outcomes following retinal surgeries. His PhD thesis was on evolving treatments, including gene therapies and stem cell techniques, for retinal causes of visual loss.

Edward Lee has over 35 research papers published in the medical and scientific literature. The majority of these relate to patient outcomes following retinal surgeries. He has ongoing research projects related to improving the quality of vision following retinal surgeries and avoiding symptoms of distortion.

Interests & Specialty

Research Interests:

Mr Ed Lee continues to be active in the ophthalmic research community, focusing on improving patient outcomes from retinal surgeries. He utilizes the latest small-gauge equipment and cutting-edge protocols for a focus on patient results.

Special Clinical Interests:

  • Retinal Detachment Surgery
  • Vitrectomy
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Surgery
  • Retinal disease
  • Surgery for Diabetic patients
  • Uveitis and Inflammation
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Vein Occlusions
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Vitreous Haemmohage
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Maculaa Oedema
  • Floaters
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
Current Memberships
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Member of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
  • Member of the European Society of Retina Specialists
Affiliated Insurance Companies

Centre for Sight is recognised by a number of private medical insurance companies and Mr Edward Lee is a registered provider to:

  • Aviva
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Friendly
  • Healix
  • Health-Online
  • Simply Health
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship and Research Grant “Cone photoreceptor rescue in inherited retinal degenerations” (2009)
  • Regional audit presentation prize, South-east regional teaching day (2004)
  • Brian Harcourt case presentation prize, Yorkshire Deanery (2002)
  • Short-listed for BM BCh Finals prize (Oxford University) (1999)
  • Open Scholarship (Brasenose College, Oxford) (1995)
  • Collection Prizes x2 (Brasenose College, 1994&1995)
  • Distinction in 1st BM (Oxford University Medical School) (1995)
  • Academic Exhibition (Sherborne School, Dorset) (1991)
  • Rodrigues IA, Lee EJ and Williamson TH. Measurement of retinal displacement and metamorphopsia following epiretinal membrane or macular hole surgery. Retina 2016;36(4):695-702. [Original Study]
  • El Housseini Z, Lee E, Williamson TH. Incidence of lens touch during pars plana vitrectomy and outcomes from subsequent cataract surgery.  Retina 2016;36(4):825-9 [Original Study]
  • Lipinski DM, Barnard AR, Singh MS, Martin C, Lee EJ, Davies WI, MacLaren RE.CNTF Gene Therapy Confers Lifelong Neuroprotection in a Mouse Model of Human Retinitis Pigmentosa. Mol Ther. 2015 Aug;23(8):1308-19 [Original Study]
  • Lee E, El Housseini Z, Steel DHW, Williamson TH. An analysis of the outcomes for patients with failed primary vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.  Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014;252(11):1711-6 [Original Study]
  • Shunmugam M, Lee E, Williamson T. Characteristics of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment and their relationship to success rates of surgery.  2014;34(7):1421-7 [Original Study]
  • Williamson TH, Lee E. Idiopathic macular hole: analysis of visual outcomes and the use of Indocyanine green or Brilliant blue for internal limiting membrane peel.  Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2014;252(3):395-400.  [Original Study]
  • Lee EJ, Williamson TH, Hysi P, Shunmugam M, Dogramaci M, Wong R, Laidlaw DAH. Macular displacement following rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013;97:1297-302.  [Original Study]
  • Williamson TH, Shunmugam M, Rodrigues I, Dogramaci M, Lee E. Characteristics of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment and their relationship to visual outcome. Eye. 2013 Sep;27(9):1063-9 [Original Study]
  • Lee EJ, Singh MS, Jones HE, Ahmed B, Andolina IM, Clements JTC, Luong V, Munro PM, Lawton MPC, Grieve KL, Aylward GW, Sillito AM, MacLaren RE. Assessment of 180 degree rotation of the choroid as a novel surgical treatment for age-related macular degeneration. IOVS. 2012; 53(6):2523-32 [Original Study]
  • Dogramaci M, Lee EJ, Williamson TH. The incidence and the risk factors for iatrogenic retinal breaks during pars plana vitrectomy. Eye (Lond). 2012 Feb 17. [Original Study]