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Suite 24 Blackrock Clinic
Rock Road
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2064596


Paul O’Brien commenced private practice in the Blackrock Clinic in 2007 after sub-specialist corneal fellowship training in Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.  In 2008 he commenced public practice as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, Dublin. He worked as a Consultant there until 2015 before moving to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Since mid-2017, he has focused solely on private practice, operating in the Blackrock Clinic and Hermitage Clinic.

He began training as an eye surgeon in 1998 and completed specialist higher surgical training in 2006 under the guidance of the Irish College of Ophthalmology.

His main areas of expertise are in Cataract Surgery, Corneal Graft Surgery and Refractive Laser Eye Surgery and his main research interests includes the corneal endothelial cell layer and refractive outcomes following cataract surgery. His results from cataract surgery are added to a European database (Eurequo) run by the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.

To date he has performed more than 5000 cataract or refractive laser eye operations. The Blackrock Clinic eye laser department was established in 1995 and has developed a very high reputation in providing excellent post operative outcomes.

New lenses are now in use which can help patients achieve good distance and reading vision following cataract surgery. These are becoming very popular due to the added advantage of giving good near visual acuity (previously not achievable after cataract surgery). The main disadvantage with these lenses is the resultant side effect of glare after surgery. This may affect a patient's confidence in night-time driving.
In addition patients with significant astigmatism can now also get good unaided visual acuity after cataract surgery if toric (astigmatism neutralising) intraocular lenses are selected. Not every patient is suitable for these type of lenses but this can be discussed at your consultation. Presently the health insurance companies cover the cost of a standard lens (for distance vision only) and patients are charged the excess cost of the special multifocal lens (€500). Toric lenses range in price from €250-750 depending on the amount of astigmatism. Many patients without insurance opt to have cataract surgery performed privately in Blackrock Clinic rather than waiting for an appointment in public hospitals. The fee is as follows; Blackrock Clinic fee €995;  Surgeon fee €1000;  Anaesthetist fee €325;  Pre and Post-op Visit  €250  (€150/100);  A-Scan Biometry to measure lens size required  €95 (both eyes are measured);  Total for single eye cataract surgery  €2665  (Tax deductible expense meaning €533 can be claimed back from Revenue).

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.

He previously sat as a council member in the Irish College of Ophthalmologists and chairman of the Scientific & Yearbook Committee as well as being on the Professional Competence Committee (between 2011-2014).

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