Jas Singh

Qualifications: BSc Hons, St And, MSc, St And, MBChB Glas, FRCS Ed, FRCOphth

Areas of expertise: Cataract surgery, vitreo-retinal surgery, diabetes

Consulting times: Friday mornings, Other times available on request

Position:

  • Clinical Director for Ophthalmology at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, one of the largest services in Lothian.
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh.
  •  Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Clinical Profile: I have 27 years of experience in ophthalmology, with training experience from well-established institutions such as Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion and the world famous Lions Eye Institute, Perth, Australia.

I have 18 years of experience at consultant-level, including private practice. As a specialist in cataract and vitreo-retinal surgery, I offer a range of lens implant surgery, under topical, local and general anaesthesia. My other interests include diabetic retinopathy and all surgical conditions affecting the retina.

I have a vast amount of experience in both routine and complex cataract surgery and I am able to perform both small and large incision surgery. In addition, I am one of most experienced vitreo-retinal surgeons in Scotland and skilled in managing all major complications of cataract surgery, including early problems and late complications.

I also provide a paediatric vitreo-retinal service at the Royal Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh.

On a personal level, I am happily married with three children and my interests include badminton and golf. I am regularly invited to speak at both local and national events such as the British & Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons and I am honoured to be a member of The High Constables of Edinburgh.

Treatments Offered

  • Lens implants
  • Cataract surgery
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Surgical conditions affecting the retina
  • Paediatric vitreo-retinal services

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
  • Member of British & Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)
  • Member of European Retina Specialists (EURETINA)

Teaching Experience

I enjoy teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate level. I have held prestigious posts such as Training Programme Director & Regional Advisor and taking the lead role in Modernising Medical Careers in Scotland.

I have been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for 18 years and have chaired the Training Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for four years, becoming chief examiner and writing exams.

I am particularly proud of re-designing the FRCS diploma so that it could be undertaken by overseas candidates and helping to create new examining centres around the world, which ensures that ophthalmic surgeons across the globe have equally high standards. I also introduced vitreo-retinal and phacoemulsification surgery in Malawi.

Research interests

  • Clinical ophthalmology
  • Science
  • Responsible for a National Epidemiological Study on Retinal Detachments in Scotland which is recognised as the largest prospective study in the world and has formed the basis of discovering a genetic basis for retinal detachment.

Publications

Mitry D, Charteris DG, Yorston D, Siddiqui MA, Campbell H, Murphy AL, Fleck BW, Wright AF, Singh J; Scottish RD Study Group. The epidemiology and socioeconomic associations of retinal detachment in Scotland: a two-year
prospective population-based study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Oct;51(10):4963-8. Epub 2010 Jun 16. PubMed PMID: 20554615.

Mitry D, Charteris DG, Fleck BW, Campbell H, Singh J. The epidemiology of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: geographical variation and clinical associations. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Jun;94(6):678-84. Epub 2009 Jun 9. Review.
PubMed PMID: 19515646.

D Mitry, J Singh, D Yorston, MA Rehman Siddqui, AL Murphy, A Wright, BW Fleck, H Campbell & DG Charteris. The Predisposing Pathology and Clinical Characteristics in the Scottish Retinal Detachment Study. Ophthalmology 2011;

118:1429-1434

D Mitry, J Singh, D Yorston, MA Rehman Siddqui, AL Murphy, AF Wright, BW Fleck, H Campbell & DG Charteris. The fellow Eye in retinal detachment: findings from the Scottish Retinal Detachment Study. Br J Ophthalmol published online March 3, 2011 doi: 10.1136/bjo.2010.194852

Gupta A, Singh J & Dhillon B Cataract classification system for risk stratification in surgery: Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Volume 37, Issue 7 , Pages 1363-1364, July 2011

Schmoll C, Hegde V, Bennett H and Singh J.  Spontaneous resolution of a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment after normal labor and childbirth. RETINAL Cases & Brief Reports. 6(1):1-3, Winter 2012. doi: 10.1097/ICB. 0b013e3181f66bdc

Mitry D, Awan MA, Borooah S, Syrogiannis A, Lim-Fat C, Campbell H, Wright AF, Fleck BW, Charteris DG, Yorston D, Singh J  Long-term visual acuity and the duration of macular detachment: findings from a prospective population-based study. J.Br J Ophthalmol. 2013 Feb;97(2):149-52. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2012-302330. Epub 2012 Nov 17.PMID:23159447

Mitry D, Awan MA, Borooah S, Siddiqui MA, Brogan K, Fleck BW, Wright A, Campbell H, Singh J, Surgical outcome and risk stratification for primary retinal detachment repair: results from the Scottish Retinal Detachment study. Charteris DG, Yorston D.Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 May;96(5):730-4. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2011-300581. Epub 2012 Jan 18.PMID: 22257789

Kirin M, Chandra A, Charteris DG, Hayward C, Campbell S, Celan I, Bencic G, Vatavuk Z, Kirac I, Richards AJ, Tenesa A, Snead MP, Fleck BW, Singh J, Harsum S, Maclaren RE, don Hollander AI, Dunlop MG, Hoyng CB, Wright AF, Campbell H, Vitart, V, Mitry D.  Genome-wide association study identifies genetic risk underlying primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Aug 1;22 (15): 3174-85. Doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddt169. Epub 2103 Apr 11.