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Andrew Matheson
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Andrew Matheson qualified in optometry in 1982. He is a fellow of the British College of Optometrists and the American Academy of Optometry and has the British College higher qualifications in Ocular Therapeutics, Glaucoma and Ocular Disease.

He was the first optometrist in the UK to obtain the British College qualification in Ocular Therapeutics in 1999. He was one of the first optometrists in the UK to perform intravitreal injections to treat wet macular degeneration and other retinal diseases and to use amniotic membranes to treat patients with severely damaged corneas.

In April 2006 he became one of the first Optometrists on the General Optical Councils Specialist Register as a Supplementary Prescriber and Additional Supply Optometrist. This greatly increases the range of disease that can be treated in primary care optometry. In 2010 He was one of the first wave of optometrists to gain full Independant Prescribing with the DipTpIP qualification. Independant Prescribing Optometrists can treat eye disease in their own rights, within their field of experience. This means often it is no longer necessary to refer a patient to a hospital eye department, but treat them instead within the community.


Andrew Matheson specialises in Anterior Eye therapy, in particular treating dry eye,Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Blepharitis ans Anterior Uvietis or Iritis.  He first started in this field in the late 1980’s and has fitted punctal implants for over 20 years. He has a steady stream of patients from all parts of the UK and even some from further afield. He also has several other interests including ophthalmology co-management of ocular disease. He is registered with several private health care providers to provide ophthalmology co-management services (BUPA registration number 30015547). He holds the DipGlauc qualification that allows him to independently manage glaucoma patients in a practice setting.

He has been training both with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry since 1995. He achieved American Academy of Optometry fellowship status in 1996. His MSc in Clinical Optometry was achieved with merit from City University in 2004. His MSc project for this study was entitled “Does the use of a Silicone Hydrogel bandage contact lens reduce corneal staining and subjective symptoms in a selected group of dry eye patients?"

He has lectured on a variety of subjects to varied audience including optometrists, general practitioners and other heath professionals. He has written a number of articles mainly on Ocular Therapeutics and Dry Eye Management, but also on ophthalmic instrumentation.