Mr Paul John Tomlins


MBChB, PGDip(CatRef), MD, FCROphth

GMC number: 6037809

Practising since: 2001



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Paul Tomlins is a specialist corneal and cataract surgeon working in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

He completed his basic medical training at the University of Birmingham and started ophthalmological training in 2001 in the West Midlands.

In 2009, he joined the University of Birmingham as a Clinical Lecturer where he was able to develop a passion for teaching the next generation of doctors, both lecturing Medical Students as well as developing new online teaching.

He developed his research interests into Dry Eye Disease, performing basic science into the immunology of the ocular surface in patients with severe Dry Eye Disease. This research won the Bron Award in 2013 and he was awarded a Doctor in Medicine by the University of Birmingham in 2018.

He completed a Corneal and Anterior Segment Fellowship in Nottingham, under Professor Harminder Dua in 2014, learning how to deal with complex corneal and ocular surface disease.

In 2015 he moved to Cheltenham General Hospital. He has been able to continue his interest in teaching, developing online teaching materials, and simulated surgical teaching. He has developed the corneal service, introducing techniques such a corneal cross-linking and other new services putting the patient and their needs at the centre of everything he does.

Special interests

Main interests:

  • cataract
  • dry eye disease
  • corneal surgery.

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Patients with Dry Eyes suffer from gritty, sore, or painful eyes, and persistent symptoms can significantly impact your daily life. Finding the correct combination of treatment is vital in relieving symptoms, but with guidance, you can find the right treatment to find relief from the symptoms of dry eye disease.

Corneal Surgery encompasses surgical techniques to clear the cornea and restore clear vision to patients. This can range from minor procedures, to pterygium exicision, to more complex procedures such as corneal transplants.

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Treatments and tests offered by Mr Paul John Tomlins at Nuffield Health

  • Cataract Surgery

Locations Mr Paul John Tomlins works with

Related experience


He has performed basic science research into the immunological mechanism behind dry eye disease at the University of Birmingham.


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Other posts held

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Insurers Mr Paul John Tomlins works with

Mr Paul John Tomlins works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Mr Paul John Tomlins does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Paul John Tomlins does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

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