Mr Ayad Shafiq


FRCOphth, MRCPaeds, DCh, BA, BM & BCh

GMC number: 3548341

Practicing since: 1991



Consultation times

  • Tuesday 17:30 - 20:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 11:30
  • Overview

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Mr Shafiq has been an Ophthalmology Consultant at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, since 2001. He is an Honorary Consultant at Sunderland Royal Infirmary. 

He graduated in Medicine from Oxford University Medical School, obtaining a Masters in Natural Sciences first from Cambridge University. 

He performs over 500 adult cataract operations per year, and consistently performs the most operations per list of any other surgeon at Newcastle. His speed and skill are utilised to make surgery a quick, comfortable and easy experience for his patients. Mr Shafiq treats astigmatism and uses multifocal lenses in appropriate situations and offers a bespoke service for each patient. He has a complication rate of less than one per hundred operations which is published via the

Mr Shafiq is the manager and a partner at a partnership of eye surgeons that works closely with the Nuffield Health Hospital, CESP Northeast. The CQC has inspected the partnership, with a ‘GOOD’ rating. 

He is the most experienced children's cataract surgeon in Newcastle and sees children with all eye conditions as well as adults with Squint or lazy eyes. He is well known for his affable manner with children and parents. 

CESP contact details:
Email address
Telephone 07977 215594

Special interests

  • Microincision phakoemulsification cataract surgery and lens implants 
  • Strabismus (Squint) 
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology 
  • Posterior Capsule Opacification 
  • General Ophthalmology 

Other interests

Mr Shafiq has an international reputation for research and world leading treatments in Retinopathy of Prematurity, a potentially blinding condition that affects premature babies. 

He is a specialist adviser to the CQC, and inspects other hospitals and eye departments. 

He acts as an expert in cases for the GMC. 

Personal interests

Family, hockey and cycling

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Ayad Shafiq at Nuffield Health

  • YAG Capsulotomy
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Excision of skin lesion
  • Squint surgery

Locations Mr Ayad Shafiq works with

Related experience


CE Willoughby, A Shafiq, et al, "CRYBB1 mutation associated with congenital cataract and microcornea", Molecular Vision, 11, 2005, 587-593 

Elliott S, Shafiq A., "Interventions for infantile esotropia", Cochrane Database Systematic Review, 1, 2005, CD004917 

Hallet, Willoughby, Shafiq, Kaye, Bolton-Maggs, "Pitfalls in the management of a child with mild Haemophilia A and a traumatic hyphaema", Haemophilia, 6, 2000,118-9 

F Skarmoutsos, S Sandhu, G Voros, A Shafiq, "The Use Of Optical Coherence Tomography in the Management of Cystoid Macular Edema in Paediatric Uveitis", Journal of AAPOS, 10, 2006,173-174 

K Jain, A Shafiq, J Deveny, G Robert, "Surgical Outcome for Removal of Subfoveal Choroidal Neovascular Membranes in Children", Retina, 22, 2002, 412-417 

Moutray T, Napier M, Shafiq A, Fryer A, Rankin S, Willoughby CE., "Monozygotic twins discordant for phacomatosis pigmentovascularis: evidence for the concept of twin spotting", American Journal of Medical Genetics, 3, 2010, 718-720 


  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Ophthalmology
  • North of England Ophthalmology Society

Other post held

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle


Mr Ayad Shafiq does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Ayad Shafiq has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:

Mr Shafiq uses equipment owned by CESP (North East) LLP in which Mr Shafiq is a partner. CESP (North East) LLP wholly own a 3D Optical Coherence Tomography Machine and a YAG laser. They are maintained and used exclusively by CESP (North East) LLP. Mr Nicholas Strong is the lead Consultant for this company.

Mr Ayad Shafiq does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.