See the world clearly with Vision Scotland

Meet our team

Our clinical and administrative teams have one goal. To provide you with clinically excellent eye surgery in a safe, aseptic environment where you feel relaxed, confident and reassured at all times.

Meet our surgeons

You can be sure that you are in expert hands with Vision Scotland. Our surgeons have over 40 years’ combined experience and between them have carried out well in excess of 15,000 cataract surgeries. In fact, we now each perform over 2,500 successful cataract procedures every year, helping patients overcome their sight issues and get back to their confident selves.

Mr Jonathan J Ross

MBChB (Glas) MRCSEd (Edin) FRCOphth (Lon)

Originally from Edinburgh, Jonathan is a leading specialist in refractive cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. As the only eye surgeon in Scotland capable of carrying out pioneering lens surgery for patients with advanced macular degeneration (1 of only 4 in the whole of the UK), he is one of Scotland’s busiest surgeons. With more than 10,000 eye operations under his belt, patients can be sure they are in safe, experienced hands. Following his training in London, Liverpool and Glasgow, Jonathan went on to work as a consultant in New Zealand before founding Laser Vision Scotland in 2010. A few years later in 2014, he formed a new partnership with Sanjay Mantry, and today heads up Vision Scotland, offering a wider range of treatments across our 4 pioneering clinics. Jonathan is also an active member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
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Mr Sanjay Mantry

MBChB FRCOphth (Lon)

Sanjay is our leading specialist in refractive surgery and laser eye surgery – and is internationally recognised as an expert in his field with an enviable reputation within the global eye surgeon community. After completing his specialist surgical training over the course of 10 years in Birmingham and Nottingham, Sanjay relocated to Scotland, where he currently lives in Glasgow with his wife and 2 children. As well as running our busy clinics in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Sanjay also find the time to deliver lectures on emerging techniques at prestigious international conferences and helps train the next generation of refractive surgeons. He is also an active member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Bowman Club.
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Manjit Mehat

MBChB PhD FRCOphth (Lon)

Manjit Mehat is an award-winning eye surgeon who specialises in cataract and retinal surgery, including floaters, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and retinal detachment surgery. He also manages patients for the medical treatment of retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and blood vessel disorders of the retina. Manjit provides a bespoke, patient-centred service for the management of cataract and retinal problems.

Manjit has undertaken 8-years of advanced surgical and research training at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital. This included a two-years retinal surgery fellowship where he performed complex retinal and cataract surgery. His world class surgical training means that you can expect the most advanced clinical and surgical expertise available.

He has modernised inpatient retinal surgery in Edinburgh through the implementation of day-case surgery for all vitrectomy, retinal detachment surgery, macular hole surgery and epiretinal membrane surgery. This practice is supported with over 5 years of safety data from his clinical practice both in Edinburgh and London.

Mr Mehat also performs ultra-small gauge (25g and 27g) vitrectomy surgery for the treatment of retinal and macular diseases including; macular hole, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, diabetic retinopathy and surgery for debilitating floaters. He has also introduced posture-free macular hole surgery to Edinburgh.
Manjit also performs micro-incision sutureless cataract surgery and is the point of referral for the management of complex and more challenging cataract surgery. In the private sector he also offers toric and premium intraocular lenses (IOL), to reduce dependence on glasses. He also provides advanced cataract surgery for the treatment of previously complicated cataract surgery, including dropped nucleus, dislocated IOL, exchange of IOL.
Mr Mehat has acclaimed research expertise in retinal disease with a particular focus on the application of gene and stem-cell therapy to treat blindness. He is currently chief surgeon for the first retinal gene therapy trial in Edinburgh. Manjit has also been a senior investigator in the world’s first gene therapy trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2015) and more recently was the lead author for the first stem-cell transplantation for inherited macular degeneration in Europe.

Mr Mehat’s NHS practice is currently based at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavillion in Edinburgh and consults privately at the Spire Shawfair and The Edinburgh Clinic.

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Jonathan Foulds

MBChB, BSc hons, FRCOphth

Jonathan Foulds is a dynamic and innovative surgeon specialising in both cataract and oculoplastic surgery.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Professor Wallace Foulds, an internationally
renowned Scottish Ophthalmologist who helped start up the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Jonathan decided to follow suit into a career in ophthalmology.
Jonathan qualified in 2006 from the University of Dundee Medical School. After completing his medical training, he went on to be accepted onto the East of Scotland, Ophthalmology specialty training programme, before taking up an NHS consultant post in Fife in 2015.

Jonathan works as an NHS Consultant in NHS Fife alongside his work with Vision Scotland. He runs a weekly high volume cataract list within both his NHS and Vision Scotland practices, and is responsible for training the next generation of junior surgeons.
Jonathan would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your surgical needs on an individual basis. He offers cataract surgery using micro-incisional and sutureless techniques, and provides YAG-laser capsulotomy for post cataract surgery clouding.

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Mark Stoddart

MBChB, B Med Biol, FRCOphth

Mark, a dedicated father of two from Paisley, possesses vast experience in Ophthalmology. His journey began during an enlightening two-month elective at an 800-bed Eye hospital in India. He completed surgical training in the UK and Australia, specializing in Oculoplastic and Lacrimal surgery.

Mark excelled as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Dumfries for 23 years and currently focuses on high-volume cataract surgeries at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. He actively supports NHS Shetland, offering various ophthalmic services. An early adopter of cutting-edge technology, he introduced innovative treatments, receiving national recognition.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, skiing, wildlife photography,
and music.

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Shohista Saidkasimova

FRCOphth

Ms. Saidkasimova is an experienced ophthalmologist with over a decade of experience. She holds fellowships from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow, and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. She offers both NHS and private consultations, taking a patient-centric approach by addressing their concerns and explaining surgical procedures.

She’s actively involved in training new ophthalmologists, serving as a training lead for the British and Eire Vitreoretinal Society and an
examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Her academic interests are extensive, with numerous
publications and speaking engagements in ophthalmology and medical history. Beyond her professional work, Ms. Saidkasimova engages in charitable projects in various countries, including Jerusalem, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, and at the Turkish-Syrian border.

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Meet our optometrists

Our experienced optometrists are experts at diagnosing problems with vision, ocular diseases and also detecting other health issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. You will meet our friendly team during diagnostics tests and scans, ensuring the highest standards of patient care and working closely with our surgeons to ensure you feel cared for well after your procedure.

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John T Fox

BSc(Hons) MCOptom

John is our refractive cataract surgery and laser eye surgery specialist, with over 30 years’ experience as an optometrist. After studying in Glasgow, John moved to Edinburgh where he developed his skills and expertise at a number of clinics before joining the Vision Scotland team in 2019. With him he brought vast experience of assisting surgeons and understanding the importance of patient care. John has a real passion for putting minds at rest and supporting patients through their journey to better eye health, addressing any concerns quickly and helping them find the best options available Outside of the clinic, John is a keen musician, enjoys fitness, running and climbing and loves the exploring the West Highlands of Scotland.
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Neil Barnes

Optometrist

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Catriona Kennedy

BSc MCOptom Dip Tp (IP)

After graduating in Glasgow in 2005, Catriona moved to Edinburgh where she still lives with her husband and two young daughters. Over the course of 14 years, she broadened her experiences at a number of independent optometry practices. Where, amongst other things, she gained her independent prescribing qualification.

In 2019 we were lucky enough to welcome her to Vision Scotland where she has been an invaluable asset ever since. Catriona helps with our initial assessments for patients who are interested cataract surgery or refractive surgery, and provides the highest levels of post-op care.

Catriona is also a member of the General Optical Council, the Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists.

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Meet our admin team

You will experience exceptional levels of care courtesy of our friendly, dedicated admin team. They are your advocates, ensuring your experience with us is smooth, seamless and even enjoyable. 

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Victoria Beesley

Registered Manager
Edinburgh

Danielle Hendry

Patient Care Manager
Edinburgh

Pauline from Vision Scotland

Pauline Rossi

Clinic Manager
Vision Scotland Edinburgh

Tracy from Vision Scotland

Tracy Carlisle

Patient Care Manager
Stirling

Laura from vision scotland

Laura Devine

Patient Care Manager
Glasgow

Claire Hush

Patient Care Manager
Spire Edinburgh

Natasha from Vision Scotland

Natasha Caplan

Patient Care Manager
Glasgow

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Elaine Shepherd

Secretary and PA

Meet our clinical team

Kaitlin Smart

Senior Staff Nurse
Vision Scotland Edinburgh

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Lucyna Schwenzer-Kaplon

Theatre Manager
Vision Scotland Edinburgh

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Louise Thomson

Ophthalmic Nurse
Vision Scotland Edinburgh

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