Meet Our Doctors

JOHN MATHEWS

JOHN MATHEWS

Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Medical Retina Specialist

MBBS, DNB (Ophth), MNAMS, FRCS (Edin)

DIVYA MATHEWS

DIVYA MATHEWS

Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Glaucoma Specialist

MBBS, MS (Ophth) FRCS (Edin)

JONATHAN BHARGAVA

JONATHAN BHARGAVA

Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Oculoplastic Specialist

MB ChB 

SUNILDATH CAZABON

SUNILDATH CAZABON

Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Vitreo-Retinal Specialist

FRCS (Ophth) 

John Mathews

MBBS, DNB (Ophth), MNAMS, FRCS (Edin)

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Specialist Interest

  • Cataract
  • Medical Retina
    – Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
    – Diabetic retinopathy
    – Retinal vein occlusion
    – Intravitreal injections for retinal pathology.
    – Laser photocoagulation for retinopathy and maculopathy
    – Photodynamic laser therapy for retinal pathology.
  • Eye trauma
  • External eye disease.

Biography​

Mr. Mathews was appointed as a Private Eye Consultant at Stanley Eye Unit, Abergele in 2009. After successfully graduating medical school, he went on to train in ophthalmology at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India. He then went on to train further in the United Kingdom at the Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester. He underwent subspecialty training in Medical retina at the Manchester University Hospital under Prof. Paulo Stanga. 

He took up the lead role for the management of medical retinal pathology at Stanley Eye Unit in 2009.  He has worked to establish new models of medical retina care across the region. He is in the process of setting up shared care retinal service across North Wales.

He specialises in retinal disorders that require medical treatment, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy, retinal vein occlusions, ocular trauma and cataract surgery.  Part of this management includes laser therapy, intravitreal anti-VEGF therapies. 

Mr Mathews has a longstanding interest in medical education and training. He is extensively involved in the teaching of optometrists, General practitioners and nurses.

 

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

  1. Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  2. American Academy of Ophthalmology
  3. Medical Retina Secretary for CHIL Factor (Clinical Health Informatics in Leadership)
  4. Member of AIOS (All India Ophthalmological Society)

Divya Mathews

MBBS, MS (Ophth) FRCS(Edin)

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

 

Specialist Interest

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
    • – Primary open-angle glaucoma
      – Narrow-angle glaucoma
      – Secondary glaucoma
      – Uveitic glaucoma
  • Eye trauma
  • External eye disease.Her areas of expertise are the surgical and medical management of glaucoma and adult cataracts.

Biography

 

Mrs Mathews was appointed as a Private Eye Consultant at Stanley Eye Unit, Abergele in 2009. She trained in general ophthalmology initially at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India. She then went on to train further in the UK at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. She underwent subspecialty training in glaucoma at the Manchester University Hospital, and undertook a fellowship period in Warrington Eye Hospital to train under Mrs. Wishart who was one of the pioneers in Non- Penetrating surgery in the UK.

She has set up non penetrating surgery in Abergele but also performs penetrating glaucoma surgery’MIGS procedures and Glaucoma Tube surgery. She now performs over 200 Viscocanalostomy a year at Stanley eye unit. She has recently published and presented her results at various meetings across the UK and internationally. 

She is the glaucoma lead for North wales and has worked to establish new models of glaucoma care across the region. She has also trained nurse practitioners to create a team to lead the development of shared care in glaucoma. She has been involved in establishing 3 Ophthalmic Diagnostic.

 

 

Treatment centres, one at Deeside, the second at Colwyn bay and third at Caernarfon as a part of this shared care scheme.

The Glaucoma unit has 1 fellowship attracting national and international candidates. The unit has also recently acquired recognition by the Royal college of Ophthalmologists for TSC in Glaucoma.

Mrs Mathews has a particular interest in teaching and training and has been responsible for conducting Wet-lab sessions for non-penetrating surgery to train other consultants across the UK (in the North at Warrington and in the south at surrey). Mrs Mathews is regularly invited to lecture on glaucoma surgery around the country.

 

Jonathan Bhargava

MB ChB

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

 

Specialist Interest

  • Cataract surgery
  • Oculoplastic
  • lacrimal surgery

Biography

 

Mr Jonathan Bhargava a Consultant ophthalmic surgeon with specialist expertise in cataract surgery, oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery.

I have a particular special interest in cataract surgery. I perform safe, efficient, injection free cataract surgery. I run a dedicated cataract assessment clinic on Monday afternoons that is able to offer safe, efficient surgery within days.

I have recently been appointed to the position of ‘Chair of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Cataract Workforce Guidance Committee’ that aims to provide a nationwide gold standard for cataract treatment which is an extremely exciting project to deliver safe, efficient and sustainable cataract services for the future.

I also run a busy oculoplastic service at the Countess of Chester Hospital. I offer extensive expertise and experience in the treatment of all eyelid (droopy/saggy eyelids, blepharitis, eyelid lesions etc.) and watery eye conditions including surgical solutions.

I also practices general ophthalmology including the medical management of glaucoma and many other conditions.

I believe in offering a service of the highest quality to all my patients and giving every patient the time that they require for their consultation.

Qualifications

MB ChB University of Sheffield 1997

Additional training
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2007
GMC registration

Reference number 4411846
Details of entry to specialist register
Ophthalmology, 2007

Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Specialist register of the General Medical Council

Honorary Secretary of the North of England Ophthalmological Society

Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust

Chair of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Cataract Workforce Guidance Committee.

Sunildath (Joey) Cazabon

FRCS (Ophth)

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon

 

Specialist Interest

  • Multifocal and Toric Lens Implants
  • Intraocular Lens Implant for Macula Degeneration
  • Electronic Low Visual Equipment

Biography

 

Joey Cazabon is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon. He completed his Ophthalmic surgical training at St Paul’s Eye Unit, Liverpool in 2006. In addition, he has undertaken a year of specialist Vitreoretinal surgical fellowship training at Oxford Eye Hospital.

He worked as a Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Oxford Eye Hospital and Southampton University Hospital before relocating to Chester in 2008. He established the Medical and Surgical Retinal Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital when he was appointed as a consultant in 2008.

He continually audits his own practice to maintain the highest standards of medical and surgical care.

His surgical expertise encompasses all aspects of vitreoretinal surgery including micro-incisional techniques as well as sutureless cataract surgery. He has particular expertise in macular hole surgery, retinal detachment surgery, epiretinal membrane surgery, diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion and successful treatment for floaters.

Current memberships           

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Surgeons

British Medical Association

North of England Ophthalmological Society

 

Research 

Committee member of Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network Ophthalmology Speciality Research Group. 

Numerous publications in peer review journals.

 

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