Ms Natasha Spiteri is a consultant ophthalmologist with a special interest in cornea, the anterior segment of the eye and cataract and refractive surgery.
She graduated from Medical School in Malta in 2004, after which she undertook ophthalmic training in the Mersey region in the UK.
Ms Spiteri then spent a year of further intensive training in corneal disease in Sydney, Australia,
where she gained experience in corneal transplant and other corneal surgery.
Upon her return to the UK in 2017, she took up a consultant post at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Here, she has been invested much time and effort developing the cornea service, which now offers a range of corneal transplant procedures, and also provides a more comprehensive range of treatment options for dry eye disease and other corneal pathology.
During her first year back in the UK, Ms Spiteri also undertook a postgraduate diploma in cataract and refractive surgery with the University of Ulster, where she learned about various surgical and laser treatment options to reduce dependence on spectacles.
Ms Spiteri holds a private practice at Nuffield, The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester where she offers cataract surgery including complex cases, pterygium surgery, YAG laser posterior capsulotomy treatment, as well as detailed management plans for cases of persistent blepharitis and dry eye disease, amongst other general eye conditions.
In February 2022 Ms Spiteri joined the team at Newmedica in Shrewsbury, who currently offer cataract surgery and YAG laser posterior capsulotomies to both NHS and private patients, with other services to be offered in the near future.
As at January 2023, Ms Spiteri has carried out over 2500 cataract procedures with a capsule rupture complication rate of 0.83% (benchmark national average for UK ophthalmologists is 1.1%).
Ms Spiteri has a particular passion for education and training, and is currently College Tutor at the Countess of Chester Hospital, responsible for the coordination and delivery of local training of young ophthalmologists. Ms Spiteri has been appointed to the training faculty of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, where she regularly participates in cataract and microsurgical training courses, including as lead trainer.
Ms Spiteri has been active in research work, with publications in various peer-reviewed journals. Most recent research work has looked into newer techniques as an alternative to corneal transplant surgery.
Education & Training
MD, University of Malta, Malta
Ophthalmic Specialist Training, Mersey Deanery, UK
Corneal Fellowship, Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia
Post-graduate Diploma in Cataract and
Refractive Surgery (distinction), University of Ulster
Spiteri N, Hirnschall N, van Bysterveldt K, Lin Hou A, Moloney G, Ball M, Vincent AL. Impact of TCF4 Repeat Number on Resolution of Corneal Edema after Descemet's Stripping Only in Fuchs Dystrophy: A Pilot Study. Vision (Basel). 2021 Oct 9;5(4):47.
Moloney G, Petsoglou C, Ball M, Kerdraon Y, Höllhumer R, Spiteri N, Beheregaray S, Hampson J, DʼSouza M, Devasahayam RN. Descemetorhexis Without Grafting for Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy-Supplementation With Topical Ripasudil. Cornea. 2017 Jun;36(6):642-648.
Spiteri N, Romano V, Brunner M, Steger B, Kaye SB. The Management of Corneal Neovascularisation – Update on New Clinical Data and Recommendations of Treatment. European Ophthalmic Review, 2016;10(2):86–93.
Herbert D, Romano V, Baylis O, Spiteri N, Kaye SB, Ahmad S. Corneal Collagen Cross-linking for Keratoconus. European Ophthalmic Review, 2015;9(2):115–20.
Spiteri N, Dubois V. Non-penetrating glaucoma surgery. Optometry in Practice. 2015;16(4):157-61.
Spiteri N, Romano V, Zheng Y, Yadav S, Dwivedi R, Chen J, Ahmad S, Willoughby CE, Kaye SB. Corneal angiography for guiding and evaluating fine needle diathermy treatment of corneal neovascularization. Ophthalmology. 2015 Jun;122(6):1079-84.
Spiteri N, Sidaras G, Czanner G, Batterbury M, Kaye SB. Assessing the quality of ophthalmic anaesthesia. J clin anaesth. 2015 Mar;133(3):285-9.
Romano V, Spiteri N, Kaye SB. Angiographic guided treatment of corneal neovascularization. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun;122(6):1079-84.
Spiteri N, McCormick A. Periocular Basal Cell Carcinoma. Optometry in Practice. 2013; 14(3):97-105.
Spiteri N, Choudhary A, Kaye SB. Pigmentation of the Cornea Secondary to Tinted Soft Contact Lens Wear. Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine. 2012;2012:852304.
Spiteri N, Tu KL, Kaye SB. Sub-epithelial Infiltrates in Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty in the Presence of a Corneal Rust Ring. Cornea. 2011;30(4):460-1.
Saliba N, Owen ME, Beare N. Tattoo associated uveitis. Eye. 2010;24(8):1406.
- 2015 -
Sueke Prize for presentation of clinical research work on the use of fine needle diathermy
for the treatment of corneal neovascularisation,