Currently, Mr. Richard Best is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. He qualified from Queen’s University Belfast Medical School in 1988 with a Distinction in Medicine and Surgery and an Honours degree in Biochemistry. He started training in ophthalmology in 1990 at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and obtained the Fellowship of Ophthalmology (FRCOphth) from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2004. During his training he developed an interest in retinal surgery and in 1996 undertook a fellowship in advanced vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Michigan in the USA, one of the leading centres for retinal surgery in the world. In 1997 he was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast where he currently practices. He was Clinical Director for Ophthalmology at the Royal Victoria Hospital from 2004-2008.
His areas of special interest are diseases and surgery of the retina, including retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and macular diseases including age related macular degeneration. He also has an active interest in small incision cataract surgery. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997.