Brian Leatherbarrow

Consultant Ophthalmologist & Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon

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.

He has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology and has been a specialist Consultant Surgeon for 27 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 operates privately at his clinic Face & Eye in South Manchester, at the new Spire Manchester Hospital, and at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital where he is an honorary consultant.

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 150-200 specialist medical 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.

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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 ( The 3rd edition was published in October 2019:

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Mr Brian Leatherbarrow

  • Achievements

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 AssociationThe Faculty of Expert Witnesses for Doctors (FEW)

* Interspecialty member

Areas of Expertise

  • Cosmetic Eyelid/Brow Surgery – Blepharoplasty (eyebag and excess skin removal),  Eyebrow Lifts including Endoscopic Brow Lifts, Mid-Face Lifts, Structural Fat Grafting (Coleman Fat Injections), Microfat Grafting, and Fat Pearl Grafting
  • Tear Trough Rejuvenation
  • Ptosis Surgery (surgery for droopy upper eyelids)
  • Entropion/Ectropion Surgery
  • Eyelid/Periocular Tumour Surgery
  • Eyelid/Facial Skin Lumps
  • Eyelid & Orbital Reconstruction following Trauma
  • Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Orbital Decompression Surgery
  • Orbital Tumours
  • Socket Reconstructive surgery including Hydroxyapatite (Coral) Implants
  • Eyelid and Eyebrow Surgery following Facial Palsy
  • Watering Eye Surgery including Endoscopic DCR/Lester Jones Tube Surgery
  • Reconstruction of Mohs Micrographic Surgery defects
  • Anti-wrinkle Injections
  • Dermal Filler Injections for Eyelid/Facial Rejuvenation (Restylane & Juvederm)

Jan’s Story – Coral Implant

Coral orbital implant

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 before his surgery

Jan’s appearance following his surgery and the fitting of his artificial eye (ocular prosthesis)

Specialist Treatment

Contact us now to find out how we can help you with your eye, eyelid, facial or skincare needs. You will find our website contains a great deal of helpful information about what we do. We welcome email enquiries.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00-18.00

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED


Get in touch

2 Gibwood Road
Northenden, Manchester
M22 4BT

Tel: 0161 947 2720


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Clinic Closure Notice

It is with great sadness that we have had no option but to temporarily close the Face & Eye Clinic as of Friday 27th March 2020 in order to prevent a wider spread of COVID-19.

The Face & Eye Clinic has always been committed to providing a safe environment for patients and staff, in which high quality care can be delivered. Please rest reassured that we will continue to do so as soon as we are able to reopen our clinic.

What is important to know at the moment:

  • We are calling all patients who are affected to inform them that their appointment has been cancelled – telephone consultations may be offered where appropriate.
  • During the closure our mailbox will be continually monitored. We are remaining active to support you with anything you may need and will be happy to answer any queries you have.
  • You can also find information on our website
  • If you are a Face & Eye post-op patient with an urgent concern, please call the mobile number for your consultant which you were provided with when discharged. Please be aware that, during this period of closure, the consultants may not be able to respond immediately, as they may be undertaking vital NHS work. If you do not receive a response, please email

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We will keep you updated on any changes and look forward to seeing you back at the clinic very soon.

Please stay at home, stay positive and look after each other.

Brian Leatherbarrow, Saj Ataullah, Khalid Ikram