Mr Saj Ataullah MB BS, FMGEM, FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon




Saj Ataullah graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, London, in 1991. He has over 15 years of experience in ophthalmology (a speciality dedicated to the medical & surgical management of eye disorders). His general ophthalmology training was over a 7 year period in London and Manchester. Subsequently Saj trained extensively in oculoplastic surgery (also called ophthalmic plastic surgery) both internationally and in the UK.

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialised form of plastic surgery that focuses on disorders of the eyelids, eyebrows, tear ducts (the lacrimal drainage system) and the orbit (the bones and tissues that make up the eye socket).

He was appointed as a Consultant Oculoplastic, Lacrimal & Orbital Surgeon in 2002 at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, one of the largest eye hospitals in Europe.

He has a major role in teaching and training of ophthalmic surgeons:

He has co-run an internationally renowned fellowship in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital since 2002. During this time he has trained surgeons from around the world as well as the U.K.
He was appointed as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Tutor for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2005

He has published in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented scientific papers in The USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium as well as the UK.

Saj Ataullah is affiliated to the following organisations:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Founder member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS)
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • British Medical Association
  • Medical Defence Union


Saj Ataullah offers the following procedures:

Cosmetic Surgical Treatments:

  • Eyelid lift - blepharoplasty for hooded or puffy upper eyelids
  • Eyebag removal - blepharoplasty for puffy or baggy lower eyelids
  • Droopy upper lid surgery - ptosis correction
  • Brow lift - including endoscopic surgery with Endotine implants
  • Internal browpexy including Transblepharoplasty Endotine implants
  • Midface lift
  • Fat transfer - Free fat grafts & Coleman fat injections


Cosmetic Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Tear trough rejuvenation with Restylane
  • Anti-wrinkle injections
  • Dermal fillers for upper and lower facial rejuvenation
  • Hyperhidrosis treatment  


Eyelid, Eyebrow & Facial Surgery:

  • Removal of eyelid or facial lumps & bumps
  • Ptosis (droopy upper eyelid) correction
  • Blepharoplasty for upper eyelid hooding (dermatochalasis)
  • Browlift for eyebrow droop / hooding
  • Ectropion (out-turning lower eyelid) correction
  • Entropion (in-turning lower eyelid) correction
  • Blepharospasm surgery  

Watery eye (Epiphora) surgery:

  • Endoscopic or external DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy - tear duct bypass)
  • Lester Jones Tube insertion (for canalicular blockage)
  • Lower lid tightening
  • Punctoplasty for punctal stenosis including perforated punctal plugs
  • Removal of excess conjunctival folds

Facial Palsy procedures:

  • Upper eyelid gold weight insertion
  • Lower lid tightening
  • Eyelid retraction surgery - eyelid recession, eyelid spacers
  • Midface & SOOF lift
  • Brow lift
  • “Crocodile tears” treatment: botulinum toxin injection to lacrimal gland

Thyroid Eye Disease surgery:

  • Orbital decompression surgery for prominent eyes
  • Upper eyelid retraction correction: Mullerectomy & levator recession
  • Lower eyelid retraction surgery : hard palate or dermis-fat spacer grafts
  • Lower eyelid trans-conjunctival fat removal

Eyelid Tumour / Cancer Surgery:

  • Mohs eyelid reconstruction
  • Removal of eyelid tumours
  • Eyelid tumour removal & eyelid reconstruction

Orbital & Eye Socket Surgery

  • Orbital tumour surgery - anterior & lateral orbitotomy
  • Orbital Fracture Repair
  • Enucleation / evisceration & hydroxyapatite / bioceramic orbital implants
  • Secondary eye socket surgery including Coleman fat transfer

Mr Brian Leatherbarrow BSc MBChB DO FRCS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist & Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon
GMC no: 2616443

Mr Leatherbarrow was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic, Oculoplastic and Orbital surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in July 1992 and, having developed a service with a national and international reputation, remained in post until he resigned in 2014. He is now in private practice in Manchester. 

Click here to see photographs of Mr Leatherbarrow's own patients before and after surgery (

He has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology and has been a specialist Consultant Surgeon for over 24 years. His major areas of expertise are oculoplastic, orbital, and lacrimal (watery eye) surgery for which he has a national and international reputation. Details of the operations he undertakes are provided below.

He performs over 250 specialist oculoplastic/orbital/lacrimal operations per year and has received referrals of patients requiring such surgery from all over the U.K. and from as far afield as Australia, Africa, Malaysia, Greece, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, the Ukraine and the Middle East. He consulted and operated in Kuwait for 5 days in March 2014, October 2015 and November 2016.

Mr Leatherbarrow also has a busy medicolegal practice, undertaking 100-150 specialist reports for solicitors each year. He was awarded the Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate in May 2015.

He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1982, training in general ophthalmology at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital before undertaking subspecialty training fellowships in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, where he also trained with plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dermatological surgeons and neurosurgeons.

He is the author of a major textbook ‘Oculoplastic Surgery’ (published by Martin Dunitz, 2002). The second edition of this major textbook was published by Informa Healthcare in Dec 2010 ( He is currently working on the 3rd edition which is due for publication in 2017.


He was the Section Editor for oculoplastic and orbital surgery for EYE, the scientific journal of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, for over 10 years. He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He was the founder Treasurer of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society ( 2001-2006 and was the President of the society until June 2014. He is a fellow of the Royal College or Ophthalmologists and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is a member of:

  • The British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS)
  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) *
  • The European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (ESOPRS)
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Manchester Medical Society
  • The North of England Ophthalmological Society
  • The British Medical Association
  • The Faculty of Expert Witnesses for Doctors (FEW)

* Interspecialty member:

He ran an internationally renowned subspecialty fellowship for over 20 years, training surgeons from around the world. He has over 95 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed 5 textbook chapters.

Click here to download details of Mr Leatherbarrow's journal publications 1986-2015.

He has presented scientific papers, given lectures and run courses in many countries including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Leatherbarrow lecturing on cosmetic eyelid surgery London

He undertakes all operations within the fields of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, lacrimal surgery and orbital surgery. He is also well known for managing the complications of cosmetic eyelid surgery undertaken by plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons and ENT surgeons. The operations he undertakes include:

Cosmetic Oculofacial Surgery

  • Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) for hooded or puffy upper eyelids. (The video below shows the postoperative progress of one of Mr Leatherbarrow's patients following upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery - click here).
  • Blepharoplasty for puffy or baggy lower eyelids or “eye bags” (transconjunctival blepharoplasty with fat repositioning, transcutaneous blepharoplasty, tear trough / dark hollow surgery, arcus marginalis release, septal reset and orbicularis muscle suspension surgery)
  • Eyebrow lifts including endoscopic brow/forehead lift, direct brow lift, small incision eyebrow lift, pretrichial brow and forehead lift, coronal brow and forehead lift, and transblepharoplasty eyebrow lift using Endotine implants
  • Cosmetic ptosis correction ( droopy upper eyelid surgery)
  • Facial fat grafts (Coleman fat injections and microfat/nanofat injections for the eyelids)
  • Fat pearl transfer for the management of upper and lower eyelid hollows (upper lid sulcus defects)

Mr Leatherbarrow can produce audited results of his blepharoplasty surgery on request. He presented his results at national and international scientific meetings in 2014 and 2015. 

He also undertakes non-surgical cosmetic treatments including tear trough rejuvenation, facial anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler injections (Restylane and Juvederm) which are used to enhance the results of such surgery, or where appropriate, to replace them entirely.

Eyelid, Eyebrow and Facial Surgery

  • Eyelid/periocular tumour removal and reconstruction
  • Reconstruction of Mohs’ micrographic surgery defects
  • Ptosis surgery (correction of droopy upper eyelids)
  • Upper lid blepharoplasty for hooded upper eyelids or loose skin (dermatochalasis)
  • Ectropion correction (lower eyelids that turn out)
  • Entropion correction (upper or lower eyelids that turn in)
  • Orbicularis myectomy for blepharospasm
  • Thyroid eye disease surgery for upper and lower eyelid retraction/blepharoplasty
  • Surgery for facial palsy including gold weight implantation/mid-face lift/brow lift/watering eye

Orbital Surgery

  • Orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease (protrusive eyes)
  • Orbital tumour removal
  • Orbital fracture repair

Socket Reconstructive Surgery

  • Enucleation/evisceration and orbital implant surgery including hydroxyapatite (coral) and bioceramic implants
  • Exenteration surgery
  • Secondary socket reconstruction with orbital implants/dermis fat grafts/Restylane sub-Q injections

Lacrimal Surgery (watering or watery eye surgery)

  • Endoscopic and external dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) and stent
  • Lester Jones tube insertion and nasal septoplasty surgery
  • Punctoplasty and eyelid repositioning surgery


Patients travel from far afield for surgery. The following is an example:

Jan's Story

"My name is Marzena. I am Polish. I would like to share my son’s story.
Jan had a very unfortunate accident at the age of 18 months. During a routine walk he fell down and a thorn of a rose badly injured his right eye. It was a very serious penetrating injury due to which he lost completely his eye sight in his right eye.
After some time the eye became more and more deformed. Apart from abnormal appearance the rising pressure in his right eye was causing strong headaches. When Jan turned 11 it was recommended to remove his sick eye.
We did some research regarding the current options available throughout the world. We finally, came across a recommendation of Mr. Brian Leatherbarrow who specializes in various eye surgeries and is also known for carrying out eye-implant surgeries with excellent results. Mr Leatherbarrow agreed to perform Jan’s surgery. At the same time it turned out that the Surgeon cooperates with a very experienced Ocularist, Mr Robin Brammar. So we came to Manchester with great hope.
Jan underwent his surgery in July 2009 and 2 months later he had his artificial eye fitted.
Jan's artificial eye looks and moves like a real eye. We are extremely happy with the final results of the surgery and the artificial eye work. I cannot even find words to express our gratitude to the wonderful specialists and their gifted hands who changed Jan's appearance"'.


              Jan's appearance preop                                 Jan's appearance postop

Click here for information about Mr Robin Brammar, Ocularist

Click on the following link to go to Mr Leatherbarrow's personal website

Mr Khalid Ikram MB BS, FMGEM, FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon



Click here to see Khalid talking about the importance of eye health screening.

Click here to go to Khalid's personal website.                                       

Khalid Ikram graduated in medicine from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, at the University of London in 1991. He then trained extensively in ophthalmic surgery in Southampton, Oxford and Manchester. At Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Khalid undertook an advanced specialist training period (fellowship) in corneal and refractive procedures. This involved, uniquely for a UK fellowship, both laser vision correction (excimer laser) and specialized intraocular surgery.

Khalid commenced his NHS consultant post in 2002, working mainly at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport. He is also an honorary consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH), one of the largest ophthalmic teaching & training centres in Europe.

In his NHS post, Khalid has extensive responsibilities in the teaching and training of junior ophthalmic surgeons and is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists tutor for ophthalmology at Stepping Hill Hospital, where he is also lead consultant for ophthalmic surgery. As college tutor, Khalid also sits on the regional specialist training committees, selecting individuals for advanced ophthalmic surgical training in the North-West, and also monitoring and assessing and appraising their progress. At MREH, his work includes the supervision and training of the fellow in corneal and refractive surgery.

Khalid also has a particular interest in improving the standards of assessment and planning for cataract and refractive lens surgery, and has run teaching conferences in biometry at both a national and international level.

Having extensive experience in general ophthalmic care and specialising in small incision cataract surgery, Khalid has further developed a considerable expertise in the refractive aspects of such surgery. He is experienced in a large variety of refractive surgery techniques (corneal excimer laser and intraocular lens surgery) for the management of conditions such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and presbyopia (age related reduction in the eye’s ability to focus on near targets).

Khalid Ikram is a member of the UK and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

In 2011-12 Khalid was instrumental in helping to bring Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery to the UK, for the first time.

Khalid’s expertise as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon consists of:

  • Small incision sutureless refractive Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive lens surgery or clear lens extraction (CLE)
  • Laser vision correction
  • Surgical correction of short and long sightedness
  • Correction of age-related long-sightedness or Presbyopia (PRELEX)
  • Use of specialist intraocular lenses (to deal with near vision & astigmatism problems)
  • Dry eye conditions
  • Removal of pterygium
  • Surgery for conjunctival cysts and lesions
  • Corneal disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Removal of eyelid and facial skin lumps and bumps

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