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Area of Practice Ophthalmology
Specialist Interests

Cataract surgery, retinal diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease

Professional Profile

Frank Ahfat qualified in medicine from Leeds University, with honours and Gold medal in 1989.  After post-graduate ophthalmology training in Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool and Moorfields (London), he was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in 2000.  He specialises in cataract surgery (incl. multifocal and toric lenses) and in retinal diseases, for which he provides a Kent-wide tertiary referral service.  He is a consultant appraiser, Educational Supervisor and Local Faculty Group member (Health Education Kent Surrey & Sussex) and consultant Risk Lead and Serious Incident Investigator at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.  Nationally, he has been Principal Investigator in several national research trials and is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.  He serves as panel member for the NIHR Evaluation Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC).  He is member of NICE Impact & Adoption panel, panel member of the examinations committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) and of the RCO Surgical Skills Faculty.