Mr Robert Longhurst

Mr Robert Longhurst

BSc (Hons) MCOptom FBDO DipTp (IP) Prof Cert Glauc

Ophthalmology

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1 specialist

5 years of experience
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
5
Bedside Manner
4.83
Explanation
4.83

Top feedback

“I was immediately put at ease by the friendly demeanor of Mr Longhurst. I was impressed how quickly he diagnosed what the issue was with my eyes after I had been referred by my opticians. “
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Subspecialties

  • Glaucoma
  • Retina
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Consultation fees

New appointment: £250

Follow-up appointment: £200

Practices worked at

Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road, Reading, United Kingdom, RG1 5AN
3 reviews

George Eliot Hospital

18 Eliott way, Nuneaton, United Kingdom, CV10 7DJ
0 reviews

West Berkshire Community Hospital

Benham Hill, London, United Kingdom, RG18 3AS
0 reviews

About

Mr Longhurst is a Consultant Optometrist with a registered independent prescribing specialty and a higher qualification in glaucoma. A former dispensing optician, he has passed both the qualifying exams set by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration, leading to the FBDO and MCOptom qualifications, respectively. He is registered with the GOC under number 01-28534 and is on the National Performers List in respect of the NHS General Ophthalmic Service.

Robert did post-graduate training in glaucoma at Central Middlesex Hospital and has passed masters level examinations in the same. He has passed similar examinations in advanced visual science, ocular nutrition, investigative ophthalmic science, ocular therapeutics, prescribing for disorders of the eye, retinal and macular disorders, and refractive surgery at Birmingham’s Aston University.

In June 2019, he passed the Therapeutics Common Final Assessment and gained his Diploma in Therapeutics (Independent Prescribing) from the College of Optometrists. The following month and following a further four-month period of study at Cardiff University, he gained his higher qualification in glaucoma.

He works as a Consultant Optometrist for several NHS contractors and currently sees glaucoma patients at West Berkshire Community Hospital and eye casualty patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital where he also has an honorary consultant appointment. He previously worked in a paediatric clinic alongside a team of orthoptists, carrying out cycloplegic refractions and indirect ophthalmoscopy.

In addition to his NHS work, he has practicing privileges at 25 Harley Street and sees private glaucoma and dry eye patients and performs comprehensive routine eye exams and diabetic retinopathy screening. Former patients of Mr Longhurst have included several well-known celebrities.

Robert has been involved in teaching and research since his first peer-reviewed paper was published in May 2015 and has given several lectures on dyslexia and the spontaneous Pulfrich effect, including an invited lecture at Oxford University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Aston University.

He is available for medicolegal work and has worked as an expert witness for both the Association of Optometrists and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians at GOC fitness to practice hearings.

Robert is a Freeman of the City of London and was admitted as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in April 2017.

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Medical procedures

  • Comprehensive eye examination
  • Refraction
  • BlephEx
  • Insertion of punctal plugs
  • Removal of conjunctical concretions
  • Nasolacrimal duct syringing
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Special interests

Visual dyslexia

Neuro-optometry

Glaucoma

Blepharitis

MGD

Dry eye 

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Education

  • MCOptom College of Optometrists 2015
  • BSc (Hons) University of Ulster 2013
  • Diploma in Therapeutics (Independent Prescribing) College of Optometrists 2019
  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma College of Optometrists 2019
  • FBDO Association of British Dispensing Opticians 2007
  • University Diploma (Ophthalmic Dispensing) Anglia Ruskin University 2007 
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Reviews

Overall
5
Explanation
4
Bedside Manner
4

I have always found Mr Longhurst to be friendly and courteous and to patiently answer any questions I have asked.

Patient seen for:
Glaucoma
04-09-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

I was immediately put at ease by the friendly demeanor of Mr Longhurst. I was impressed how quickly he diagnosed what the issue was with my eyes after I had been referred by my opticians.

Patient seen for:
Glaucoma
02-09-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Robert Longhurst carried out an examination and then advised that I seek out specialist care in another related profession. He was kind and attentive and, unlike other medical professionals, very keen on adopting an inter-disciplinary approach to medicine. My medical issue is now largely resolved thanks to his intervention.

Patient seen for:
Eye problems
Ophthalmology
31-08-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

He was a very kind and attentive proffessional doctor. He explained everything very well and put me at ease. He was very helpful.

Patient seen for:
Dry Eyes
Blepharitis
29-08-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

I went to see Mr Longhurst after suffering from viral conjunctivitis and allergies. He was very personable and friendly and explained what was wrong with my eyes in terms I could understand. Mr Longhurst was very easy to contact when I had questions and would always respond to my emails very promptly.

Patient seen for:
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Dry Eyes
Allergies
29-08-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Dr Robert Longhurst helped me with a very painful stye because of which my whole eye was swollen. Dr Robert diagnosed the problem very quickly and prescribed me some eye drops and antibiotic ointment which got rid of the swelling and pain in just a few days. I highly recommend him if you have any similar problems with your eyes.

Patient seen for:
stye
28-08-2020

Peer recommendations

Recommended by 1 doctor for:
1

Ophthalmology

Ms Elizabeth Dolatshahy Hawkes
Ms Elizabeth Dolatshahy Hawkes
Ophthalmology

28-08-2020

Robert is a skilled and knowledgeable optometrist. We have worked together for some time managing emergency eye disease. Would recommend him without hesitation.

For specialty: Ophthalmology
For procedures: Urgent Eye Care
Connection: Is a colleague

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