Miss Melanie Chak
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Oculoplastics (eyelid and watery eye disorders), cataracts, primary care ophthalmology
Melanie Chak MA (Cantab) MBBS MD FRCOphth was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon to lead the oculoplastics service. She provides a comprehensive service for patients with disorders of the eyelids: ectropion, entropion, ptosis, droopy lids, lumps on eyelids, eyelid bags/excessive skin and tear drainage systems. She also provides small incision cataract surgery and leads clinics in acute and general eye conditions at the Great Western Hospital and Eldene sites. Miss Chak also has an interest in facial cosmetic surgery and has been injecting botulinum toxin for over 10 years. Melanie's undergraduate training was at Cambridge University and the Royal Free Hospital, London. After graduation in 1997 she underwent thorough and comprehensive training in all aspects of ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital, London and as a Specialist Registrar at Oxford Eye Hospital. She also completed 2 years of intensive research on cataract outcomes leading to a higher degree at Great Ormond Street Hospital/University College London. Melanie also trained intensively for 2 years in eyelid and tear drainage surgery. This advanced sub speciality training was at Oxford Eye and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.
Research and Publications: Miss Chak has published widely mostly on her research on cataracts and oculoplastics disorders. She has presented nationally and internationally including at the British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society and the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meetings. Melanie continues to teach GPs and Optometrists. She started the Ophthalmic A and E and Primary Care Course in 2013.
Personal Interests: Miss Chak has three young boisterious children who keep her busy. She enjoys running and dancing and going for long walks in the countryside. She is an avid cook and grower of vegetables with variable success! Website: www.bodenmedical.co.uk