Optegra celebrates its 15th birthday

MP Angela Richardson (centre) cuts the ribbon with Optegra’s Surrey team (L-R) surgeon Mr Alex Shortt, Lorand Berecki, Martina Zillwood-Hunt, Nin Lasham, Jamie Camp, Optegra NHS Director Richard Armitage

After treating more than one million eyes, specialist ophthalmic clinic Optegra marked its 15th anniversary with a visit to its first UK hospital in Guildford, Surrey, from local MP Angela Richardson.

It launched a second operating theatre there, which the MP officially opened, and now runs 11 hospitals and clinics.

These treated around 3,000 NHS cataract patients pre-pandemic, but this shot up to over 35,000 in the past year.  

Chief executive Dr Peter Byloos said more clinics would open in the next year following one in York last month.