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Mr Karl Mercieca

Consultant Ophthalmologist



Special Interests

Glaucoma, Cataract, Medical Education.


Karl Mercieca was appointed as a consultant ophthalmologist with special interest in glaucoma at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in August 2015. He undertook his medical degree at the University of Malta graduating in 2001 and moved to the U.K. in 2005 to pursue a career in ophthalmology. He successfully completed Ophthalmic Specialist Training in the North West deanery in 2014 and subsequently undertook two one-year advanced glaucoma fellowships in Manchester and Cheltenham, working and collaborating with established and internationally renowned glaucoma experts.

Karl has been highly active in ophthalmology research as evidenced by more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has received several research prizes including best poster prize at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) congress and the Peter Watson medal for joint highest score in the FEBOS-GL glaucoma sub-specialty exam. His glaucoma research portfolio includes studies on CSF pulsatility and vascular biomarkers, hyper-spectral imaging, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery and uveitic glaucoma.

Over the years he has also been significantly involved in Medical Education, obtaining a Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice and also representing the Ophthalmic Trainees’ Group on the RCOphth Education committee and NHS Eyes and Vision. He is also honorary senior lecturer at Manchester University and glaucoma co-lead for the MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences degree in addition to being co-chair of the European Glaucoma Society Sub-speciality training and exams committee.

Karl combines his passion for long distance running with fund-raising for ophthalmic charities.