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Mr Gerard McGowan

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Vitreoretinal Specialist


Practises at: Ross Hall Hospital, Ross Hall Clinic Braehead


Personal Profile

Mr Gerard McGowan is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Specialist at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, which is the largest eye department and centre of excellence for eyes in Scotland.

He graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2005. He completed seven years of ophthalmic training at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow. He subsequently entered into a one year advanced medical training vitreoretinal fellowship in Glasgow. This was followed by a second international vitreoretinal and medical retina fellowship at the world renowned Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

His main research interests include the quantification of metamorphopsia and the incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large submacular haemorrhage. He has won numerous prizes throughout his career including the Lachlan MacNeil travel scholarship 2011, Dorey/Lister RCOphth travel award 2012, the Pauline and Oswald Lapp ARVO travel award 2013, the 2014 St Lazarus charity award and the ARVO M.I.T prize 2014.

Mr McGowan serves on the UK Royal College of Ophthalmologists surgical training faculty, which trains junior surgeons throughout the UK. He also sits on the national ophthalmic selection panel. He has given 20 international presentations and published widely in highly regarded peer review journals. He has recently been appointed to the ESASO VR faculty to train European vitreoretinal surgeons in Lugano, Switzerland.

Mr McGowan is one of the UK's busiest vitreoretinal surgeons and is head of the prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow, where he teaches vitreoretinal surgeons from all over the world.

Clinical Interests

  • Cataract surgery
  • Complex cataract surgery
  • Vitreoretinal diseases
  • Retinal tears (laser retinopexy)
  • Floaters
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Macular hole
  • Retinal detachment
  • Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy)
  • Age related macular degeneration (ARMD)
  • Eye trauma
  • General ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser yag
  • Capsulotomy
  • Laser photocoagulation
  • Laser peripheral iridotomy
  • Eylea injection

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists London
  • Surgical Skills Faculty
  • National Selection Board in Ophthalmology
  • British and Irish Vitreoretinal Society (BEAVRS)
  • Scottish Vitreoretinal Society (SCIVRS)
  • Euretina

Mr Gerard McGowan

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Gerard McGowan discusses the conditions he sees and the treatments he offers.

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Floaterectomy Surgery

We are proud to offer patients Floaterectomy surgery - a quick, minimally invasive and more permanent solution for the treatment of floaters. Mr Gerard McGowan is the Consultant Ophthalmologist at Eye Care Scotland, located at Ross Hall Clinic Braehead, who performs Floaterectomy surgery.

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Vitreo-Retinal Service

We are delighted to offer patients a world class, dedicated Vitreo-Retinal service for conditions such as macular hole and retinal detachment. Mr Gerard McGowan, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Eye Care Scotland, located at Ross Hall Clinic Braehead, is our Vitreo-Retinal Specialist. 

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