About Paul

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. To date, he has performed more than 10,000 cataract or refractive laser eye operations.

Irish Medical Council Number

20396 (On specialist register for ophthalmic surgery)


2006 – CCST ophthalmology (certificate of completion of surgical training)
2005 – ECFMG certified (US Medical License Exams)
2002 – MRCOphth (UK)
2001 – FRCSI (Ophthalmology)
1998 – MMedSci (Anatomy)
1996 – MB BCh BAO

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Appointments

2007 – Present: Blackrock Clinic
2008 – Present: Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan
2008 – 2015: Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital Dublin
2015 – 2017: Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Previous Appointments

2006 – 2007: Corneal fellow in Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH), London (Sub-specialty training)
2002 – 2006: Specialist Registrar (SpR) in the Irish Higher Surgical Training Program
2001 – 2002: Registrar in Ophthalmology in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) and the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital (RVEEH)
1998 – 2000: Senior House Officer (SHO) in Ophthalmology in the RVEEH


Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (Council Member and Chairman of the Scientific & Yearbook Committee)
  • Member of the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons



Long-term Results of Combined LASIK and Monocular Small-Aperture Corneal Inlay Implantation

Igras E, O’Caoimh R, O’Brien P, Power W.
J Refract Surg. 2016 Jun 1;32(6):379-84.


Patient experience of laser in situ keratomileusis and monocular small-aperture corneal inlay implantation for the surgical compensation of presbyopia and additional ametropia

Igras E, O’Caoimh R, O’Brien P, Power W.
Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2016 Nov;44(8):728-730


Corneal inlay implantation complicated by infectious keratitis

Duignan ES, Farrell S, Treacy MP, Fulcher T, O’Brien P, Power W, Murphy CC.
Br J Ophthalmol. 2016 Feb;100(2):269-73.


Targeted mydriasis strategies for diabetic retinopathy screening clinics

Dervan EW, O’Brien PD, Hobbs H, Acheson R, Flitcroft DI.
Eye (Lond). 2010 Jul;24(7):1207-12.


Endothelial keratoplasty: case selection in the learning curve

O’Brien PD, Lake DB, Saw VP, Rostron CK, Dart JK, Allan BD.
Cornea. 2008 Dec;27(10):1114-8.


Descemetocoele from exposure keratopathy

Yap YC, Mandalia P, O’Brien P, Barampouti F, Kodati S.
Ann Ophthalmol (Skokie). 2007 Sep;39(3):259-60.


Risk factors for a postoperative intraocular pressure spike after phacoemulsification

O’Brien PD, Ho SL, Fitzpatrick P, Power W.
Can J Ophthalmology. 2007 Feb;42(1):51–55


Editorial; Comments on: Update on punctual plugs

O’Brien PD, Power W.
Comprehens Ophth update. 2006 Sept-Oct;7(5):213-4.


Subjective difficulty of each stage of phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by basic surgical trainees

Dooley IJ, O’Brien PD. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2006 Apr;32(4):604-8.


Visual experiences during vitreous surgery under regional anesthesia: A multicenter study

Tan CS, Mahmood U, O’Brien PD, Beatty S, Kwok AK, Lee
VY, Au Eong KG.
Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;140(6):971-975.


Investigation and management of an epidemic of Hydroview intraocular lens opacification

Altaie RW, Costigan T, Donegan S, O’Brien P, Mahmood U, Bogdan AJ, Beatty S.
Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2005 Nov;243(11):1124-33.


The influence of pharmacological mydriasis on biomicroscopic evaluation of the glaucomatous optic nerve head

O’Brien PD, Bogdan AJ, Fitzpatrick P, Beatty S.
Eye. 2005 Nov;19(11):1194-9.


Does extended wear of a tight necktie cause raised intraocular pressure?

Talty P, O’Brien PD.
J Glaucoma. 2005 Dec;14(6):508-510


Patient pain during pupil stretching of small pupils in phacoemulsification performed using topical anesthesia

O’Brien PD, Fitzpatrick P, Power W.
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2005 Sep;31(9):1760-3.


Dry eye: diagnosis and current treatment strategies

O’Brien PD, Collum LM.
Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2004 Jul;4(4):314-9. Review.


Risk factors for endothelial cell loss after phacoemulsification surgery by a junior resident

O’Brien PD, Fitzpatrick P, Kilmartin D, Beatty S.
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2004 Apr;30(4):839-43. PMID: 15093647.


Patient pain during different stages of phacoemulsification using topical anesthesia

O’Brien PD, Fulcher T, Wallace D, Power W.
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2001 Jun;27(6):880-3. PMID: 11408135.