Mr. Edward John Ridyard

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBChB (Hons), BSc (Hons), FRCOphth


  • MBChB (Hons), Medicine, University of Manchester 2007-2013, graduated with Honours
  • BSc (Hons), Anatomical Sciences, University of Manchester, 2010-11
  • FRCOphth, Fellow Of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, December 2019


  • I have been a substantive Consultant Ophthalmologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (the largest teaching hospital in Europe) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds since 2022.
  • My areas of expertise include: Cataract, Glaucoma, Emergency Ophthalmology and Ocular Trauma.
  • I have performed over 2000 cataract procedures, performing approximately 800 cataract surgeries per year as well as approximately 200 Glaucoma surgeries per year. In addition I'm part of the On Call rota at Leeds NHS Trust where I see all types of Ophthalmic pathology including Emergency Ophthalmology and Ocular Trauma.
  • I am up to date with current developments in medico-legal practice and have attended courses organised by Bond Solon, the Expert Witness Institute and MediLaw.
  • I have received 9 academic prizes including the Royal Society of Medicine Ophthalmology Prize and the Ethicon Foundation Grant.
  • I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a member of the European Glaucoma Society and UK/Eire Glaucoma Society.

Medicolegal training

  • SpecialistInfo - Medicolegal Essentials Course, 28th April 2021
  • Expert Witness Institute - Expert Essentials, 26th April 2022
  • MediLaw - How to start, build and run a successful medicolegal practice, 8th September 2023
  • Bond Solon - Excellence in Report Writing - Written Evidence, 16th April 2024

Current appointment

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist Specialising in Glaucoma and Complex Cataract Surgery
    Ophthalmology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds

Previous appointments

  • Trainee Selected Component (TSC) Glaucoma and Complex Cataract Surgery
    Ophthalmology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds
    Glaucoma – Mr Peter Galloway and Miss Salina Siddiqui
    February 2021-Feb 2022
  • Ophthalmic Specialist Trainee (ST1-ST7)
    Yorkshire Deanery
    August 2015-Feb 2022


  • RCOphth Ethicon Foundation Travel Grant Prize, 2019
  • Royal Society of Medicine Ophthalmology Prize, 2019
  • Haag Streit Best Slit Lamp Imaging Award, 2019
  • JHG Holt Fund Prize, 2010 - a bursary of £1000 for high academic performance in Medicine
  • Poster of Distinction Prize at ASGBI international conference, 2012
  • Measuring Quality of Life in Oculoplastic Surgery. 2nd Best Oral Presentation of the Conference. BOPSS, 2012
  • Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize Examination, 2012
  • Pyxus by Inovus - making laparoscopic surgery training more readily available National public vote prize for best piece of medical innovation, Fastbleep, 2011
  • Best Oral Presentation of the Day - North West Endocrinology Society annual meeting, 2011
  • First Prize for Best Audit at Clinical Audit and Practice Advisory Group (APAG), EJRidyard Ophthalmology Audit and Evidence-based Medicine Meeting, 10 September 2010, Coventry, UK

Training Courses

Communication skills

  • London Eye Course – Communication skills OSCE practice
  • MPS Managing Your Risk Course (improve awareness of non-verbal communication techniques as well as verbal communication)
  • Lead Academy Workplace Communication Training Course
  • MPS PRISM Communication Skills Course – Communicating Risk: A Two Way Conversation


  • MDU Ethics Course
  • London Eye Course – Ethics skills OSCE training
  • MPS Managing Difficult Patient Interactions course
  • MPS PRISM – Confidentiality in Clinical Practice (and ethical duties to patients)


International participation

  • February - March 2011 - I competed in the Great Britain Duathlon Qualifying series: Emberton park, Clumber park and Rutland park
  • March 2011 - qualified for the Great Britain Duathlon team
  • April 2011 - received my GB colours representing the UK in Limerick, Ireland at the European Duathlon Championships

Mr. Edward John Ridyard
Mr. Edward John Ridyard

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