Lash, Mr Stephen

Stephen LashBM, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FRCOphth, MBA




Vitreo-retinal surgery and cataract

Training and education

  • Trained as an optometrist at Aston University, Birmingham
  • Pre-registration optometry training at Essex County Hospital Colchester, 1993 to 1994
  • Southampton Medical School, 1995 to 1999
  • Ophthalmology training on Wessex rotation, 2002 to 2009
  • MBA with distinction from Southampton Business School, 2007 to 2009
  • Fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery in Melbourne, 2009 to 2010


Mr Lash has worked at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since March 2010, initially as a locum consultant before becoming a permanent staff member in April 2011.

Mr Lash trained as an optometrist in the early nineties prior to studying at medical school in Southampton. After completing house jobs at UHS he trained in ophthalmology, completing basic surgical training at Bournemouth eye unit and then Southampton eye unit. He subsequently completed his higher specialist training on the Wessex rotation between Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton. He did his vitreo-retinal fellowship in Melbourne before gaining his consultant post at Southampton eye unit.

Key achievements

  • Gaining a distinction in his MBA completed whilst training in ophthalmology.
  • Establishing and developing a private patient strategy for Southampton eye unit to support the unit including the ‘premier’ cataract service.
  • Establishing a quarterly optometric education meeting within the eye unit.

Awards and prizes

  • George Wheatcroft Prize for the top mark in further investigative techniques in his optometry professional qualifying examinations, 1994
  • Edith Newitt prize for medical finals at Southampton Medical school, 1999
  • Runner up two years in a row in the National Duke Elder Ophthalmology prize
  • CMI prize for the top mark in his MBA, 2009


  • Marketing and ophthalmology published in the Journal of Management and Marketing in Healthcare, 2010
  • Various publications around developing referrals from optometrists and the interface between optometrists and ophthalmologists
  • Research interests include the application of various management disciplines to medicine and the effect of vitreous on visual function.