Dr Gerard McGowan

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Dr Gerard McGowan is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and retinal specialist graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2005. He completed 7 years of ophthalmic training at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow. He subsequently entered into a 1 year advanced medical training vitreoretinal fellowship in Glasgow. This was followed by a second international vitreoretinal and medical retina fellowship at the world renowned Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Melbourne, Australia. His main research interests include the quantification of metamorphopsia and the incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large submacular haemorrhage.


  • Lachlan MacNeil Scholarship Travel Award 2011. Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
  • Scottish Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit Grant 2012
  • Dorey Bequest Scholarship Travel Award 2012. Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
  • ARVO Pauline and Oswald Lapp Travel Award 2013. USA. For contribution to research and innovation in macular disease
  • Saint Lazarus Trust Award 2013
  • ALCON outstanding poster award Feb 2014 Scottish Ophthalmology Club
  • ARVO M.I.T Outstanding poster award May 2014. USA

Current Initiatives
Dr McGowan is the principal investigator for the Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit Study which aims to be the first study in the world to identify the incidence of acute large submacular haemorrhage. Mr McGowan serves on the UK royal college of ophthalmologists surgical training faculty, which trains junior surgeons throughout the UK. He also sits on the national ophthalmic selection panel. He has given 20 international presentations and published in highly regarded peer review journals. He has recently been appointed to the ESASO VR faculty to train European vitreoretinal surgeons in Switzerland. Mr McGowan is one of the UK's busiest vitreoretinal surgeons, performing up to 10 vitreoretinal (and 8-10 cataract) procedures per week . He is head of the prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow, which is the largest eye department in Scotland.


  1. McGowan G, Yorston D, Strang NC, Manahilov V. D-CHART: A Novel Method of Measuring Metamorphopsia in Epiretinal Membrane and Macular Hole. Retina 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26441261.
  2. Moore PP, McGowan GF, Sandhu SS, Allen PJ. Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess complicated by endogenous endophthalmitis: the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Med J Aust. 2015 Oct 5;203(7):300-1.
  3. González-López JJ, McGowan G, Chapman E, Yorston D. Vitrectomy with subretinal tissue plasminogen activator and ranibizumab for submacular haemorrhages secondary to age-related macular degeneration: retrospective case series of 45 consecutive cases. Eye (Lond). 2016 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.65. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27055681.
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Research Interests

  • Quantification of metamorphopsia
  • Incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large sub macular haemorrhage (SMH) secondary to age related macular degeneration.
  • Principal investigator for the SMH Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit Study which aims to be the first study to identify the incidence of acute large submacular haemorrhage.


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General Procedures

  • Cataract surgery (+ toric and premium multifocal iols)
  • Yag laser capsulotomy
  • Laser iridotomy
  • Pan retinal photocoagulation laser
  • Laser retinopexy (retinal holes and tears)
  • lumps and bumps excision/incision and drainage

Vitreo-Retinal Procedures

  • Surgical Vitrectomy (23G and 25G)
  • Retinal assessment for flashing lights and floaters
  • Surgical Vitrectomy for Floaters
  • Retinal detachment surgery
  • Vitrectomy for diabetic eye disease
  • Vitrectomy for Epiretinal Membrane Peel
  • Vitrectomy for Macular Hole (without posturing)
  • Vitrectomy for complicated cataract surgery repair
  • Intravitreal injections for wet age-related macular degeneration
  • Intravitreal injections for diabetic macular oedema (including Ozurdex and Iluvien implants)
  • Intravitreal injections for Retinal Vein Occlusions (including Ozurdex)
  • Medical Management of Diabetic retinopathy (including injections and retinal laser treatment)