Dr Stephen Doyle is originally from the North-West, having been born in Manchester, educated in Bolton and now lives in Chorley in Lancashire with his family.
He graduated from Guy's Hospital in 1973 and, after lecturing there in Anatomy, did his ophthalmic training both in London and in Manchester. He has also done a degree in Biochemistry.
He worked for many years as an ophthalmologist in the Corneal Unit in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and for 11 years did most of his refractive laser eye surgery at the Optimax Laser Eye Clinic in Manchester. This clinic collaborated with the Eye Hospital and also with the North Wales NHS Trust so that NHS patients with various corneal disorders could have them corrected using the excimer laser. At present he works from the Visualase clinic in Bolton. Dr Doyle has published on various aspects of refractive surgery and also on his other special interests of Keratoconus and Down's Syndrome. He has presented papers at various congresses, often in conjunction with the team of researchers at Manchester Optimax and the school of Optometry at UMIST. He has lectured on refractive surgery for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and regularly gives talks on refractive surgery to groups of doctors, optometrists and other professionals. He is one of the authors of the book "Refractive Surgery - a Guide to Assessment and Management" published in the UK by Butterworth and Heinemann in January 2004 for professionals in the field.
Dr Doyle has been a Nuffield Scholar and a Medical Research Council Scholar. He has been a council member of the British Society for Refractive Surgery ( www.bsrs.co.uk )and also belongs to the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery ( www.escrs.org ) He has been doing laser refractive surgery for the last 20 years, and has lasered about 20000 eyes to date.