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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.
- 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
I have always found Mr Longhurst to be friendly and courteous and to patiently answer any questions I have asked.
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.
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.
He was a very kind and attentive proffessional doctor. He explained everything very well and put me at ease. He was very helpful.
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.
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.
Robert is a skilled and knowledgeable optometrist. We have worked together for some time managing emergency eye disease. Would recommend him without hesitation.