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William Newman

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William Newman
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Medicolegal Practice

Mr. Newman undertakes reports for family, civil and criminal courts. His particular areas of interest are

  • Paediatric ophthalmology

  • Paediatric and Adult Neuro-ophthalmology

  • Visual assessment of children with brain injury/ Cerebral palsy/CVI

  • Retinal haemorrhages and damage to the visual pathway in accidental and non-accidental head injury

 Areas in which he does not provide an opinion are

  • Retinopathy of prematurity

  • Retinoblastoma

  • Vitreo-retinal surgery

  • Age related macular degeneration

  • Refractive (laser) eye surgery

  • Adult cosmetic surgery



Mr Newman was appointed as consultant ophthalmic surgeon at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2016 having spent the previous fourteen years as consultant jointly at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and St Paul’s Eye Unit in Liverpool.

William graduated from The London Hospital Medical College in 1986. Subsequently he trained in Bournemouth, Glasgow and London undertaking fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow (Yorkhill) and in neuro-ophthalmology jointly at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square) and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

He has represented ophthalmology variously on the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the Clinical Reference Group for Specialist Ophthalmic Services and from 2013 – 2017 as Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist. He is an appointed member of the Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Advisory Panel on Driving and Visual Disorders.

His practice is in all aspects of children’s eye care and surgery and has special interests in the effects and treatment of visual disorders following eye or brain injury either congenital or acquired, congenital cataract and the ocular management of craniofacial and oculoplastic disorders.

He has have an active medicolegal practice particularly in relation to disorders of vision in trauma and brain injury.



  • Paediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery including cataract and squint

  • Paediatric and adult neuro-ophthalmology including cerebral visual impairment

  • Paediatric ophthalmic craniofacial abnormalities and oculoplastic surgery

  • Children considered difficult to assess

  • Ocular Trauma

  • Medicolegal ophthalmology



FRCS (Glasg)
LL.M (Medical Law)



  • Hon. Secretary and Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (by election)

  • Member of the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association

  • Member of the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

  • Member of the  European Paediatric and Strabismus Society

  • Member of the British and Irish Neuro-ophthalmology Club

  • Member of the British Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Society

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

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