Larry Benjamin trained in Brighton, The Western Eye Hospital, Moorfields and The Oxford Eye Hospital. He was appointed as a Consultant in 1990 and since then has developed interests in Cataract surgery, the management of Diabetic Retinopathy including the use of early vitrectomy and surgical training. He was the first chairman of the Surgical Skills Sub-committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists during which he helped to develop the College microsurgical skills courses and chaired the committee which updated the latest College cataract surgical guidelines. He has served as the Chairman of the Education Committee and Senior Vice President of the College. He has also served as the programme secretary to the ophthalmic section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
He is currently chair of the microsurgical skills committee at the RCOphth.
He currently serves on the council of UKISCRS and is its current President.
He has been a volunteer faculty member for Orbis the flying eye hospital charity and is chairman of its programme committee for Europe Middle East and Africa.
Stephen Vernon trained at Bristol University Medical School and then in Bristol and Oxford Eye Hospitals and was a Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospital Nottingham from April 1986 until June 2015 running services in glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and neuro-ophthalmology, He now practices privately and, since his appointment in May 2016, in an honorary capacity as the Vice President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He was a pioneer of shared care in glaucoma in the early 1990s and later chaired the Royal College Glaucoma Guidelines working Party, and the Department of Health Working Party on Glaucoma Management. He was the President of the Midland Ophthalmological Society in 2001 and later the inaugural Chairman of the revitalized UKEGS in 2005 having served on the committee for many years previously. He currently chairs the ATHENA educational programme for glaucoma.
He has over 175 scientific publications mainly on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy detection and management. He was the director of BEAP, a large-scale epidemiological project on eye disease in the elderly that ran from 2002 to 2006 and is still providing valuable data from on-going analysis. In 2008 the University of Nottingham bestowed upon him the title of Honorary Professor and in 2009 the College of Optometrists awarded him an honorary fellowship in recognition for his research into glaucoma and for his work for the College.
His spare time is spent directing and appearing in amateur dramatic productions, improving his golf and driving a 7.5-ton support vehicle and being an assistant mechanic for his son’s motor racing team.
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