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Dr Eric Mayer Ophthalmologist

Dr Eric Mayer BMBCh PhD FRCOphth FRANZCO

Dr Eric Mayer


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Dr Eric Mayer has many years of experience in routine and complex ophthalmic surgery. He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all retinal conditions, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, retinal vein occlusion and macular hole. Dr Mayer provides both medical and surgical treatment of these conditions, with expertise in vitreoretinal surgery, laser treatment and eye (intravitreal) injections. In addition to treating retinal conditions, Dr Mayer is a cataract surgeon, with considerable experience in traditional (manual) and laser cataract surgery.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • Established the first clinic for genetics in eye disease at Bristol Eye Hospital, UK
  • Founder and initiator of bio-electronic interfacing developments and human retinal neural stem cell work in the UK. This work led to the first identification of stem cells in the human retina.


  • Teaching role at the University of Cambridge, UK
  • Supervision of research students at a number of universities in the UK
  • Medical and surgical teaching and training in several medical units in the UK

Other professional achievements

  • Involved in seminal research in the field of neural stem cell transplantation in the late 1980s – demonstrated transplant learning, gene transfer and use of FGF for cell growth, and was the first to culture neurospheres from neural stem cells
  • Reviewed papers and research grants for leading medical journals and organisations
  • Examiner for the International Council of Ophthalmology, working with the late, great Peter Watson
  • Consultant ophthalmic and vitreo-retinal surgeon, Bristol, UK

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Australian Medical Association


  • National Career Scientist Award, UK Department of Health Research and Development

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Oxford, UK
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Neurosurgery and neuro-ICU, Cambridge, UK
  • Ophthalmology training, Windsor, St Thomas' Hospital and South West Hospitals, UK
  • Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship to Messrs Markham and Grey, Bristol Eye Hospital, UK

Additional languages spoken

  • French

Research & publications

Since completing his PhD in the field of neural transplantation, Dr Mayer has maintained an interest in research. The retina has been one of his main areas of research. He has investigated the clinical aspect of medical and surgical retinal disease, as well as retinal cell biology. In addition, he has conducted research in the field of central nervous system repair and regeneration, and he has an ongoing interest in stem and progenitor cells, having been involved in the early work in this field.

Dr Mayer has 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters and contributions to the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and other books.

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