Mr Stephen Talks

MB BChir, MRCP, FRCOphth, MA

  • Specialities Ophthalmology
  • Telephone 01670 811745 / 07875 552387 / 07791 336181
  • Year of first qualification 1988
  • Email
  • Languages spoken


  • GMC Number 3285275
  • Fax 01912 811 379


Mr. Talks has worked as a Consultant Ophthalmologist, both at the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle and at the Nuffield Hospital, since 2000, providing specialist cataract surgery, medial retinal diagnosis and treatments, as well as general ophthalmic care. He trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, Oxford and Birmingham, after medical training in London and qualifying from Cambridge University.

He performs about 700 cataract procedures a year with excellent results taking particular care to try and tailor a patient’s need for glasses to their requirements. This involves the careful consideration of the use of monofocal, toric or multifocal lenses.

He is an internationally recognized expert in medical retinal diagnosis and management, in particular macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, giving several lectures a year both in the UK and abroad. He is actively involved in teaching including running a retinal imaging course annually for the last 8 years at the Royal College annual congress.

He is lead for the medical retina service in Newcastle. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and on the Scientific committee and has been for the last 4 years. He is a council member of the Oxford Congress (10 years). He is chair of the North East retinal group, since 2004.


  • Weekly Monday 09:00 - 12:00
  • Weekly Wednesday 17:30 - 19:30


Current posts

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Other interests

Advisor to the RNIB and Macular Society. Helped write the Royal College guidelines on retinal vein occlusions and macular degeneration.

Personal interests

Painting, bird watching, travel

Member of

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Oxford Congress
  • American Academy of Ophthalmologists
  • British Medical Association
  • North East Ophthalmological Society
  • Chair of the North East Retina Group


He is actively involved in clinical trials of potential new treatments for macular degeneration and retinal vascular conditions and studies of new clinical approaches and enhancing the use of imaging. In 2016 in is involved in 7 trials at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. He has had 6 publications in 2015/16 in peer reviewed scientific ophthalmic journals.

UK first-year visual acuity outcomes of providing aflibercept according to the VIEW study protocol for age-related macular degeneration - James S Talks, for the aflibercept users group; accepted Ophthalmology 2016

Br J Ophthalmol doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-306719 - New vessels detected on wide-field imaging compared to two-field and seven-field imaging: implications for diabetic retinopathy screening image analysis. SJ Talks; V Manjunath; D Steel; T Peto; R Taylor.

Eye (2015) 29, 416–423; doi:10.1038/eye.2014.320; published online 16 January 2015 - Wide-field imaging and OCT vs clinical evaluation of patients referred from diabetic retinopathy screening, V Manjunath, V Papastavrou, D H W Steel, G Menon, R Taylor, T Peto, and J Talks.

Contributed to three papers that provide teaching: Retina. 35(8):1489-1506, August 2015 - TREAT-AND-EXTEND REGIMENS WITH ANTI-VEGF, AGENTS IN RETINAL DISEASES, A Literature Review and Consensus Recommendations, K. B FREUND, .., JAMES TALKS, et al.

Eye 29, 721-731 (June 2015) | doi:10.1038/eye.2015.48 - Defining response to anti-VEGF therapies in neovascular AMD, W M Amoaku, U Chakravarthy, R Gale, .., J Talks, et al.

Eye (2015) 29, S1–S11; doi:10.1038/eye.2015.77 - Aflibercept in wet AMD beyond the first year of treatment: recommendations by an expert roundtable panel, M McKibbin, .., J Talks.


Mr Stephen Talks works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa On Demand
  • ESMI
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • HealthFund
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • SecureHealth
  • Tesco Bank
  • Universal Provident
  • Westfield Health WPA

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

Mr Stephen Talks does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

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