- Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
- Lead Surgeon
Mr Richard Packard was senior surgeon at the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor. He qualified as a doctor in 1970 from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He passed the FRCS in ophthalmology in 1976 whilst a registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital. In 1978 he was awarded his MD at London University for a thesis on choroidal malignant melanoma.
In 1979 as Senior Registrar at Charing Cross Hospital working under Eric Arnott he first started to perform phacoemulsification. In 1981 he published the first description in the medical literature of the use of a folded soft lens in cataract surgery.
Since then he has continued to teach phaco techniques as well as being involved in the development of new intraocular lenses, phaco machines and other instrumentation and has lectured in 60 countries He was a board member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons from 1999-2007. He has chaired the ESCRS Video Competition Judging Panel since 2000.
He is on the Education Committee of ESCRS and runs the Cataract Didactic Teaching Course. He gave the IIIC Medal lecture for 2014. In 2015 he gave the Binkhorst Lecture at ESCRS and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from UKISCRS. In 2018 he will be he Honored Guest of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.