Prof Ian Christopher Lloyd

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Paediatric Ophthalmologist


Professor Chris Lloyd is a Consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London. He holds an honorary Chair (Professorial status) from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester and has honorary consultant status at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

He became Manchester's first sub-specialist Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist in 1995 after training at St Bartholomew’s' Hospital London, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and as a clinical fellow at GOSH. He and his colleagues developed the MREH paediatric eye service into a large tertiary referral and teaching centre. He returned to GOSH as a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist in February 2016.

He is regularly invited to lecture and run training workshops both nationally and internationally. Professor Lloyd has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 11 book chapters and published (with Prof Scott Lambert of Stanford University, California) a textbook on Congenital Cataract diagnosis and management. He received the University of Sydney's Claffy medal in 2006 for his work in this field. 

He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in the diagnosis and management of inherited eye disorders and childhood cataract.  He has collaborated with Professor Graeme Black and the ManGen genomic team in the development (and subsequent introduction to the NHS) of a targeted next generation sequencing panel for improving the precision of diagnosis of children with cataract. 

Over the last 12 years he has organised several teaching workshops at both AAPOS (the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) and the Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 

He has served as a board member of the European Paediatric Ophthalmology Society (2012 to 2016) and the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology Association (2011 - present).

He is currently Chairman of the Paediatric Sub-committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.


Professor Lloyd has extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of paediatric ophthalmic problems.  He is happy to see children for the following:

  • Visual assessment/vision testing of babies and children 
  • Assessment of the baby or child with suspected poor vision 
  • Testing (refraction) for long-sight, short-sight and astigmatism 
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye) 
  • Strabismus (squint) and double vision 
  • Problems with convergence and eye muscle balance  
  • Childhood and congenital cataract 
  • Allergic eye disease 
  • Lid inflammation/Blepharitis 
  • Eyelid cysts (styes/chalazion) 
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Watery and sticky eyes 
  • Inherited eye disease 
  • Paediatric neuro-ophthalmic problems and eye problems in children with neuro-developmental delay - including patients with brain tumours and craniofacial abnormalities 
  • Congenital and paediatric cataract
  • Inherited eye disorders
  • Childhood strabismus (squint)
  • MBBS (St Bartholomew’s, London 1985)
  • FMGEMS Diploma (Harvard 2015)
  • DO (RCS England 1987)
  • FRCS (England 1989)
  • FRCOphth (1990)
  • Visual development after congenital and paediatric cataract
  • Genomics of paediatric cataract

News & Publications

Lloyd, IC., Lambert, SR. Springer, 2017. Congenital Cataract: A Concise Guide to Diagnosis and Management. 

Self, JE., Lloyd, IC. 2017 "Taylor and Hoyt's Paediatric Ophthalmology".

Gillespie, RJ., Urquhart, J., Lovell, SC., Biswas, S., Parry, NRA., Schorderet,  DF., Lloyd,  IC., Clayton-Smith, J., Black. GC.  2015. Abrogation of HMX1 function causes rare oculo-auricular syndrome associated with congenital cataract, anterior segment dysgenesis & retinal dystrophy. Invest. Ophthalmol.

Gillespie, R., O’Sullivan, J., Ashworth, JL., Bhaskar, S., Williams, S., Biswas, S., Kehdi, E., Ramsden, S., Clayton-Smith, J., Black, G., Lloyd, IC. 2014.  Personalised diagnosis and management of congenital cataract by next generation sequencing. Ophthalmol. 

Ahmed, TY., Turnbull, AMJ., Attridge, JF., Biswas, S., Lloyd, IC., Au, L., Ashworth, JL. 2014 Anterior segment imaging in Mucopolysaccharidoses Type I, II and VI.  Eye.

Chan, WH., Biswas, S., Lloyd, IC., Wraith, JE., Mercer, J., Ashworth, JL. 2013. Does the timing of treatment affect the ocular phenotype in patients with Mucopolysaccharidosis I homozygous for the L490P mutation? Eye.

Cosgrave, E., Lloyd, IC. 2012. Headache and Visual Loss. “Challenging Cases in Pediatric Ophthalmology”. Robbins SL, Baber LJ and Granet DB: American Academy of Paediatrics.

Jalil, A., Au, L., Khan, I., Ashworth, J., Lloyd, IC., Biswas, S. 2011. Combined trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy augmented with 5-fluorouracil in paediatric glaucoma. Clin Exp Ophthalmol.

Chan, WH., Ashworth, JL., Biswas, S., Lloyd, IC. 2012. Congenital and infantile cataract – aetiology and management.  Eur J Pediatr.

Ashworth, J., Biswas, S., Wraith, JE., Lloyd, IC. 2006. Mucopolysacchari doses and the Eye.  Survey of Ophthalmology.

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