Mr 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.
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 3000 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.
The Kamra corneal inlay is also used in this practice in conjunction with LASIK in suitable patients over the age of 50 years to allow them to read without the need for glasses. This type of treatment is especially good in these patients if they are longsighted (hyperopic) as well as needing reading glasses (presbyopic).
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).