Mr. Brian Leatherbarrow

meet_mr_leatherbarrow_tnMr Leatherbarrow was appointed as a consultant ophthalmic, oculoplastic and orbitofacial surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in July 1992. He is now in full time private practice in Manchester. He remains an honorary consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital where he regularly undertakes private oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery under general anaesthesia. He also operates at the Spire Manchester Hospital. His areas of expertise are oculoplastic, orbital, and lacrimal surgery. He performed over 500 specialist oculoplastic/orbital/lacrimal operations per year (plastic surgery operations around the eyes and upper face) for over 25 years. He now performs approximately 250-300 operations per year, working in close conjunction with his consultant ophthalmic & oculolpastic colleague Mr Paul Cannon.

He has a busy aesthetics practice at the clinic Face & Eye in South Manchester, supported by experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners.  The clinic can be contacted on: 0161 947 2720 or via email: The clinic is close to Manchester airport and easily accessible via the motorway network and by train.

Mr Leatherbarrow lecturing in Athens about his posterior approach Muller’s muscle resection operation for the management of droopy eyelids (blepharoptosis)


He also has a busy medicolegal practice, acting as an expert witness, producing over 150 specialist reports per annum for solicitors. He undertakes reports for both plaintiffs and defendants. He undertakes consultations for expert witness reports at his clinic Face & Eye in Manchester. His medicolegal website is

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* Please note that these contact details are for his medicolegal practice only – please go to the home page for his contact details for his aesthetic, oculoplastic, orbital, and lacrimal surgery practice.

He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1982. He trained in general ophthalmology at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital before undertaking subspecialty training fellowships in oculoplastic surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and and in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, where he also gained experience with plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, maxillo-facial surgeons and dermatological surgeons.

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He is the single author of the major textbook ‘OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY(1st edition published by Martin Dunitz, 2002, the second edition published by Informa Healthcare, December 2010). The 3rd edition was published by Thieme in October 2019:

NEW REVIEW — LEATHERBARROW / Oculoplastic Surgery, 3rd Edition.  Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 2020, $299.99.

Leatherbarrow, Brian, BSc, MBChB, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth

ISBN: 978-1-62623-689-9, 703 pages, hard cover.

This title includes an access code for the ebook version.

Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD(Bridgeport Hospital)

This is a superbly written and illustrated book that spans the gamut from reconstructive to cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and surrounding structures.

The author, who is experienced in this endeavor, wishes to offer readers a pragmatic approach to the treatment of lid and periorbital conditions. This book successfully informs and educates those who partake in this field of medicine.

This book requires basic understanding. It is beneficial to oculoplastic
surgeons and physicians who wish to expand their knowledge base.

This comprehensive book includes relevant anatomy of each ocular disorder. It presents surgical and non-surgical approaches for each condition with numerous high-quality color photographs and illustrations. Each chapter addresses technical considerations and potential complications, along with suggested readings. This book is divided into 29 chapters and commences with basic principles regarding surgery and the related anatomy of the lid and surrounding region. Subsequent chapters highlight eyelid, cosmetic, orbital, lacrimal, and trauma surgery in a concise and comprehensive manner.

Readers seeking a practical approach to the treatment of periocular conditions will be richly rewarded.

He was the founder Treasurer of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) ( 2001-2006. He is a former President of BOPSS (2011-14).

He is also a member of:

  • The European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (ESOPRS)
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

He is an inter-specialty member of BAAPS, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( ) in recognition of his expertise in aesthetic eyelid surgery and the management of other surgeons’ complications of such surgery.

He ran an internationally renowned sub-specialty training fellowship in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery for over 20 years, training surgeons from around the world.

BAAPS member certificate 18-04-20

He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and he has contributed 6 book chapters, including a chapter on blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) in the major textbook Scott-Browns Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery 8th Edition CRC Press 2018. He has presented scientific papers, given lectures and run courses in many countries including the United States, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Click on BL publications for a list of his medical journal publications covering the period 1986-2020.

His practice is also supported at the Face & Eye clinic by Mrs Rebecca Rietdyke (Becky), specialist optometrist, at the clinic (Eye2C Optometry) and at the optometry practices “Johnson & Leatherbarrow Opticians”.” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”> Click here to find out more about the optometry practice. Becky and Mr Leatherbarrow also own Leatherbarrow & Johnson opticians in Sale Cheshire (formerly Maloney opticians) – https:/ and Leatherbarrow & Johnson opticians Atkins Burgess opticians in Poynton Cheshire (formerly Atkins Burgess opticians) – and can also see patients there


Mr Leatherbarrow lecturing to GPs about the important role the optometrist now plays in primary care ophthalmology.

Becky at Eye2C Optometry
BL-lecturing-2296-300x287 Mr Leatherbarrow’s and Mr Cannon’s consulting and minor treatment room at the Face & Eye Clinic
Waiting-room-face-and-eye-24497-300x190 The waiting room at the Face & Eye Clinic
Operating-theatre-Face-and-Eye-45112-300x199 The operating theatre at the Face & Eye Clinic

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