Mr Andrew Luff

Founding Consultant

Andrew is one of the UK’s most respected eye surgeons. He has more than 30 years’ experience in ophthalmology, with more than 10,000 vitrectomy procedures to his name, and in excess of 20,000 cataract operations.

Andrew began his career in general surgery, having trained in medicine first at Oxford University and then at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London. He made the move into ophthalmology in 1988, training at Southampton’s highly regarded General Hospital and the world famous Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. The late 1980s was an exciting time for ophthalmology; eye surgery was experiencing huge leaps forward, from improved optics and micro-instrumentation to breakthrough cataract and macular treatments.

Andrew’s work has tracked many of those advances. He was one of the first British surgeons to use intravitreal injections (where medicines are injected into the vitreous of the eye to treat conditions like age-related macular degeneration or AMD). He remains an enthusiastic proponent of new technologies, such as the exciting Red Light Therapy for AMD.

As a high-volume surgeon who specialises in retinal and cataract surgery, Andrew is often asked to take on complex cases by colleagues. This includes issues like implant lens exchanges, ocular trauma, and eyes that have had difficult first procedures.

During his time in the NHS, he served as Clinical Service Director at Southampton General, playing a key role in establishing a chair of Ophthalmology there. He continues to act as a reviewer for grant applications and lectures regularly to optometrists and general practitioners. He now works full-time in the private sector.

Memberships: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Britain and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons. European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. European Society of Retinal Specialists.

Outside Sapphire? Andrew is a season ticket holder and long-term sufferer at Southampton Football Club. He is also a frustrated brass band player who knows his way around a cornet.