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Johnny Moore

Johnny Moore

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Phone: +353 1 442 8771
Professor Johnny Moore is a well respected Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in ocular surface reconstruction, laser refractive surgery, cataract and other intra-ocular eye surgery and has personally completed over 15,000 treatments.
In addition to performing surgery, Professor Moore is actively involved in teaching, training and helping to run an online cataract and refractive MSc course through the University of Ulster. This course is designed to train both surgeons, optometrists, laser technicians and others involved in this area from around the world in the intricacies of laser and refractive cataract surgery.
Johnny has spent time training and researching in various parts of the world including Australia where he trained in ocular surface reconstruction. He also carried out research for his PhD thesis in Harvard Medical School, Boston and trained under Professor Dimitri Azar.
Johnny helped to found the Ocular Surface Research Group in the University of Ulster, Coleraine and continues to be actively involved in this research both clinically and through the laboratory, regularly publishing in international journals and successfully acquiring grant funding for this work.


Degree:  1986 – 1991 Queen’s University of Belfast
Undergraduate Medical School

Postgraduate  examinations:

  • 1991  MB., BCh., BAO.
  • 1993  FRCOphth. Part I
  • 1994  FRCOphth. Part II (Optics and Refraction Module)
  • 1996  FRCOphth. Part III
  • 2002 Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST), Royal College of Ophthalmology, UK.
  • 2002 Ph.D. The Role of Cytokines, Gene Therapy & other Modalities in Ocular Surface Reconstruction.  Supervisors: Professor AP. Adamis, Professor AW. Stitt & Professor DB. Archer.
Two chapters of PhD thesis were published as an extensive paper in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2002 43 (9), 2905-2915), an additional two chapters were published in a special focused issue on ocular inflammation in DNA and Cell Biology (2002 21 (5/6): 443-451). A fifth chapter was published on ocular surface reconstruction in Cornea (2001 20 (7): 753-756).


  • 1987     Distinction in Biochemistry
  • 1990     Sir John Henry Biggart Prize in Ophthalmology
  • 1991     Megrath Prize: in Ophthalmology
  • 1991     Finalist: Megrath Prize in Surgery
  • 1991     Fifth Place: Megrath Prize in Medicine
  • 1991     Finalist: Robert Skelly Memorial prize in Medicine

Overseas Experience

  • 1990 Thika General Hospital, Kenya.
  • 1998 Ophthalmologist on Mercy Ships “Anastasis” Benin, West Africa.
  • 2000 Clinical and Research Anterior Segment Fellowship, Flinder’s  Medical Centre, Australia.
  • 2001 Ophthalmology Research Fellowship, The Retina Research Institute for Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
  • 2007 Corneal lamellar graft training with Massimo Busin


  • 1991   MB., BCh., BAO.
  • 1993 FRCOphth. Part I
  • 1994 FRCOphth. Part II (Optics and Refraction Module)
  • 1996 FRCOphth. Part III
  • 1997   The Dr. JD. Williamson Prize for best research paper from QUB
  • 2000   BMA Film Competition- Winner of the uk multimedia category with: “Interactive video guide to eye movement disorders”
  • 2000     Richard Havelock Charles Scholarship & Medal, Queen’s University of Belfast Research Fellowship
  •             Prize
  • 2000 Patrick Trevor-Roper Travel Award Fund awarded from Royal College of Ophthalmologists London
  • 2001     Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School Boston: Research Fellowship in
  •             Ophthalmology (June 2001 Graduation)
  • 2002 Ph. D.
  • 2004 Visiting Professor, Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster
  • 2004 Grand finalist and second prize 25K Science & Business Innovation Award.
  • 2004 E-tutor Certificate, Campus One, University of Ulster
  • 2004  Applied for membership of The Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE) / Higher Education Academy.
  • 2007  International Society of Ocular Oncology best poster presentation prize.  I was supervisor for the postgraduate student awarded a prize for the research entitled: P63 expression in conjunctival proliferative diseases.
  • 2008     Good Clinical Practice course
  • 2009  Most Read Paper awarded for manuscript, “Concordance between common dry eye diagnostic tests” ranked third in top 10 most read papers in the British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • 2010 NILTG for Animal Scientific Procedures Certificate (Personal Licence)
  • 2011  Team research presented by post-doctoral researcher has been honoured with a prestigious award recognising their work in the field of immunology. The 2011 Cora Verhagen Immunology Award was given to the best presentation of research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • 2011     1 year medical statistics course (with Prof E Goodall QUB)
  • 2013  Two novel patent submissions
  • 2013  Awarded Exceptionally Good Reviewer for Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science
• 1000 LASER Refractive Surgeries
• 40 Phakic IOL- Artisan, Artiflex, Staar posterior chamber phakic iol
• 90 DSAEK, 20 DALK
• 32 laser INTAC surgeries
• 30 manual INTAC surgeries
• X5 Keraflex procedures
• Penetrating keratoplasties; 84
• Experience of limbal stem cell grafts
• Experience with Keratoprosthesis procedures both (Dohlmann) type one and two
• Cataract; 8000 by Phaco, 95 by ECCE combined with arcuate keratotomies, astigmatic, accommodative lenses and multifocal 900 with new asymmetrical MPLUS multifocal
• Glaucoma50 Trabeculectomies and 20 combined phacotrabeculectomies
• 30 Trabeculectomies with MMC
• 9 I-stent glaucoma procedures
• Squint;  90 Squints
• Lid surgery;  experience in a broad range of procedures
• Treatment of vitreoretinal conditions; retinal tears by Cryotherapy and Laser Photocoagulation
• Extensive experience with Yag Laser

Medical Ophthalmic Experience:

• Extensive experience with treatment of Diabetic and other Retinopathies with Argon Laser; greater than 500 Focal + PRP.
• Uveitis and other ocular inflammatory disease management, including the use of all forms of local and systemic immunosuppression.
• Director of Ophthalmology at Sports Surgery Clinic
1991-1992 Pre-Registration House Officer, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
Units:  Medicine, Cardiology, Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery.
1992-1993        Anatomy Demonstrator – QUB/RVH A & E Department joint position.
1992-1993        Casualty Officer, Royal Victoria Hospital.
1993-1995        Senior House Officer, Ophthalmology Department, RVH, Belfast.
1995-1996        Locum Registrar: Ophthalmology Department, RVH, Belfast.
1996-1999        Specialist Registrar: Ophthalmology Department, Altnagelvin Hospital.
Londonderry & Ophthalmology Department, RVH., Belfast.
1999-2000        Research Fellow, Ophthalmology Department, RVH, Belfast.
2000-2000               Clinical anterior segment fellow Flinders Medical School Adelaide, Australia.
2000-2001 Ophthalmology Research Fellow, The Retina Research Institute for Diabetic    Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
2001-2002               Specialist Registrar Ophthalmology Department, RVH, Belfast.
2002-2003        Clinical anterior segment fellow, Joint Post in Birmingham & Midlands Eye Centre & Department of Ophthalmology, Bedford Hospital, Bedford.
2003-2006 Locum Consultant Royal Group of hospitals & Lagan Valley Hospital
2007- 2013 Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast
2004 – Present Visiting Professor, Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Member of European Vision and Eye research association
  • Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the British Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of Northern Ireland Recognised Research Group of Infectious Diseases
  • Member of Northern Ireland Recognised Research Group of Vision Science
  • Member of Bowmans Club
  • Member of OTAG 2011
  • Member of OTAG subgroup Research Audit Clinical Governance 2012
  • Member of Royal College of Ophthalmology research committee 2010- 2012
  • Member of Council for UKISCRIS 2012

1997 –   Course committee member BSc. Hons. Optometry, University of Ulster
2000-2012    Reviewer for Experimental Eye Research Journal
2004-2012    Reviewer for the Royal College of Ophthalmology Journal Eye
2004- 2012   Reviewer for British Journal of Ophthalmology
2004-    International Advisory Committee member (invited) for the 2nd European Workshop
on Personalised Health.
2004- 2012   Reviewer for Current Eye Research
2005-2012    Reviewer for Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science
2006-2012    Reviewer for Cornea
2007- 2012   Reviewer for Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
2008- 2012   Reviewer for European Journal of Ophthalmology
2010-2012   Reviewer for Eye & Contact Lens
2011-2012   Reviewer for Graefes Archives of Ophthalmology
2012            Reviewer for Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
2011-2012  UK Ocular Transplant Group Committee
2012           UK Ocular Transplant Group subcommittee- research & audit
2011 – External Examiner for Irish College of Ophthalmology
2012    UKISCRS Council Member

• de Wit DW, Diaz JM, Moore TC, Moore JE. Refractive lens exchange for a multifocal intraocular lens with a surface-embedded near section in mild to moderate anisometropic amblyopic patients. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012 Aug.
• Leccisotti A, Aslanides IM, Moore JE, Shah S. Keratoconus and keratoectasia: advancements in diagnosis and treatment.J Ophthalmol. 2012;2012:526058. Epub 2012 Feb 29.
• Liao H, Irvine AD, MacEwen CJ, Weed KH, Porter L, Corden LD, Gibson B, Moore JE, Smith FJD, Moore CBT, McLean WHI (2011) Development of allele-specific therapeutic siRNA in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy.  PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e28582. Epub 2011 Dec 12
• Eirini Skiadaresi; Colm McAlinden; Giuseppe Ravalico; Jonathan Moore.Optical coherence tomography measurements with the LENTIS Mplus multifocal intraocular lens. Graefes Ophthalmology in press
• Jonathan E Moore and CB Tara Moore.  Dry Eye Testing In Glaucoma. Glaucoma.  Volume 7, Issue 1.  2011.
• Clare G, Moore TC, Grills C, Leccisotti A, Moore JE, Schallhorn S. Early Flap  Displacement after LASIK. Ophthalmology. 2011 Sep;118(9):1760-5. Epub 2011 May 6
• Moore JE, Vasey GT, Dartt DA, McGilligan VE, Atkinson SD, Grills C, Lamey PJ,  Leccisotti A, Frazer DG, Moore TC. Effect of Tear Hyperosmolarity and Signs of Clinical Ocular Surface Pathology upon Conjunctival Goblet Cell Function in the Human Ocular Surface. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 3;52(9):6174-80. Print  2011. PubMed PMID: 21519030.
• McAlinden C, Skiadaresi E, Pesudovs K, Moore JE. Quality of vision after myopic and hyperopic laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Apr 13; PubMed PMID:21497047.
• McAlinden C, Skiadaresi E, Moore JE. Visual and refractive outcomes following myopic laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy with a flying-spot excimer laser. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Mar 14; PubMed PMID:21406326.
• McAlinden C, Moore JE. Multifocal intraocular lens with a surface-embedded near section: Short-term clinical outcomes. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Mar; 37 (3) :441-5. PubMed PMID:21333867.
• McAlinden C, Moore JE. Higher order aberrations using the NIDEK OPD-Scan and the VISX WaveScan. J Refract Surg. 2010 (In Press)
• McAlinden C, Moore JE. Comparison of higher order aberrations after LASIK and LASEK for myopia. J Refract Surg. 2010; 26: 45-51.
• Novitskaya ES, Dean SJ, Moore JE, Moore TCB, Nagendran S, Sharma A. Effects of some ophthalmic medications on the pupil size: a literature review. Can J Ophthalmol 2009;44(2).
• Goodall EA, Moore JE, Moore CBT. The estimation of approximate sample size requirements necessary for clinical and epidemiological studies in Vision Sciences. Eye 2008; in press
• Novitskaya ES, Moore JE, Athanasiadis Y, Moore CBT, Sharma A. A highly sensitive technique for imaging and effective monitoring of staining of the ocular surface defect. Eye 2008; Aug 1.
• Dean SJ, Novitskaya ES, Moore CBT, Moore JE, Sharma A. Documentation of corneal epithelial defects with fluorescein enhanced digital fundus camera photography. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 2008;36(2):113-8.
• .Novitskaya ES, McGilligan VE, Moore J, Sharma A, Dean S, Moore T. Difficulties imaging Herpes Simplex Keratitis with FITC labelled anti- HSV-1 antibodies in an ex-vivo model. (2008) Cornea  in press
• Atkinson SD, Moore JE, Shah S, Sharma S, Best RM, Leccisotti A, Alarbi M, Rimmer D, Gardiner T, Moore CBT. P63 expression in conjunctival proliferative diseases: pterygium and LOC syndrome. Curr Eye Res 2008;33(7):551-8.
• Novitskaya ES, Moore JE, Dean SJ, Athanasiadis Y, McGilligan VE, Moore T, Sharma A. Imaging the epithelial defects of the ocular surface with digital fundus camera using fluorescein angiography settings. Cornea 2008 in press
• Graham JE, Moore JE, Moore JE, McClurg B, Moore CBT. Cross contamination of hospital ophthalmic slit lamps by ocular bacteria. American Journal of Infection Control 2008;36(8):605-6.
• Graham JE, Graham RLJ, Beirne R, McGilligan VE, Downes CS, Moore JE, Moore CBT, McMullan G. The use of conjunctival swab for the proteomic characterisation of Dry Eye Syndrome. Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics 2008;1:20-33.
• Graham JE, Moore JE, Goodall EA, Dartt DA, Leccisotti A, McGilligan VE, Moore TC. Concordance between common dry eye diagnostic tests. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Sep 9.
• Novitskaya ES, Dean SJ, Moore JE, Moore CBT, Sharma A. A novel method to study fluorescein staining of the ocular surface using the fluorescein angiogram setting of the fundus camera. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2007 Sep;30(4):258-9.
• Graham JE, Berrar D, McGilligan VE, Leccisotti A, Moore JE, Bron AJ, Moore CBT. Attitudes towards diagnostic tests and therapies for dry eye disease. Ophthalmic Research 2008; in press.
• Graham JE, Moore JE, Jiru X, Moore JE, Goodall EA, Dooley JSG, Hayes V, Dartt DA, Downes SC & Moore CBT. Ocular Pathogen or Commensal: A PCR Based Study of Surface Bacterial Flora in Normal and Dry Eyes. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2007;48:5616-5623.
• .Kaji Y, Usui T, Ishida S, Yamashiro K, Moore CBT, Moore JE, Yamamoto Y, Yamamoto H, Adamis AP. Inhibition of diabetic leukostasis and blood-retinal barrier breakdown with a soluble form of a receptor for advanced glycation end products. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2007 Feb; 48 (2):858-65.
• Antonio Leccisotti, MD, PhD, Johnny Moore, FRCOphth, PhD. Haze after photorefractive keratectomy caused by iatrogenic lagophthalmos.  JCRS 2006
• Boutboul S, Black GC, Moore JE, Sinton J, Menasche M, Munier FL, Laroche L,Abitbol M, Schorderet DF. A subset of patients with epithelial basement membrane corneal dystrophy have mutations in TGFBI/BIGH3.Hum Mutat. 2006 Jun;27(6):553-7
• Tan MH, Bryars J, Moore JE. Use of nerve growth factor to treat congenital neurotrophic corneal ulceration. Cornea. 2006 Apr;25(3):352-5
• Moore JE, Shah S, Kumar V, Ainsworth JR, Page AB, McLean WH. Follow up of patients with ocular scarring secondary to LOC syndrome treated by amniotic membrane transplantation. Br J Ophthalmol. 2005 Aug;89(8):939-41.
• Moore JE, Herath GD & Sharma A. Continuous curvilinear capsulorrhexis with use of an endoscope. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2004 May; 30(5):960-3.
• Moore JE, Herath G. & Sharma A. Endoscopic visualisation to aid deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty. Eye. 2004 Feb;18(2):188-91.
• McLean WHI, Irvine AD, Hamill KJ, Whittock NV, Coleman-Campbell CM, Mellerio JE, Ashton GS, Dopping-Hepenstal PJ, Eady RA, Jamil T, Phillips RJ, Shabbir SG, Haroon TS, Khurshid K, Moore JE, Page AB, Darling J, Atherton DJ, Van Steensel MA, Munro CS, Smith FJ. & McGrath JA. An unusual N-terminal deletion of the laminin {alpha}3a isoform leads to the chronic granulation tissue disorder laryngo-onycho-cutaneous syndrome. Hum Mol Genet. 2004 Feb 1;13(3):365.
• Usui T. Ishida S. Yamashiro K. Kaji Y. Poulaki V. Moore J. Moore CBT. Amano S. Horikawa Y. Dartt D. Golding M. Shima DT. & Adamis AP. VEGF164 (165) as the pathological isoform: differential leukocyte and endothelial responses through VEGFR1 and VEGFR2. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2004 Feb; 45 (2):368-74.
• Moore JE, Kumar V & S Shah. Threatment of the complications of LOGIC syndrome using amniotic membrane. A video guide. Electronic British Journal of Ophthalmology Dec 2003.
• Moore CBT, Moore JE, Kaji Y, Frizzell N, Usui T, Poulaki V, Campbell IL, Stitt AW, Gardiner TA, Archer DB. & Adamis AP. The role of advanced glycation end products in retinal microvascular leukostasis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2003 Oct; 44(10):4457-64..
• McLean WHI, Irvine AD, Hamill KJ, Whittock NV, Coleman-Campbell CM, Mellerio JE, Ashton GS, Dopping-Hepenstal PJ, Eady RA, Jamil T, Phillips RJ, Shabbir SG, Haroon .Moore JE. McMullen TCB. Mahon G. & Adamis AP. The Corneal Epithelial Stem Cell. (DNA & Cell Biology, Focused issue on The Molecular Pathogenesis & Inflammation of Ocular Infectious Diseases 2002 May 21:5/6 p443-451.
• Moore JE, McMullen CBT, Campbell IL. Rohan R. Afshari NA, Kaji Y. Usui T. Archer DB. & Adamis AP. The Inflammatory Mileu Associated with Conjunctivalised Cornea and its Alteration using IL-1RA Transfection Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2002 Feb 43: 9 p2905-2915.
• TS, Khurshid K, Moore JE, Page AB, Darling J, Atherton DJ, Van Steensel MA, Munro CS, Smith FJ & McGrath JA. An unusual N-terminal deletion of the laminin alpha3a isoform leads to the chronic granulation tissue disorder laryngo-onycho-cutaneous syndrome. Hum Mol Genet. 2003 Sep 15;12(18):2395-409. Epub 2003 Jul 15.
• Moore JE & Sharma A. Endoscopic visualisation to aid posterior corneal and capsulorrhexis surgery:- a video guide. Electronic British Journal of Ophthalmology, Jan 2003.
• Moore JE, McMullen CBT, Campbell IL, Rohan R, Afshari NA, Kaji Y, Usui T, Archer DB &  Adamis AP. The Inflammatory Mileu Associated with Conjunctivalised Cornea and its Alteration using IL-1RA Transfection, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2002 43 (9), 2905-2915.
• Moore JE, McMullen CBT, Mahon G and Adamis AP. The Corneal Epithelial Stem Cell. DNA and Cell Biology 2002 21 (5/6): 443-451.
• Irvine AD, Moore JE, Coleman C, Swensson O, Morgan S, McCarthy J,  Smith FJD, Black GCM & McLean WHI.  A novel mutation in KRT12 associated with Meesmann’s epithelial corneal dystrophy. Br. J Ophthalmol. 2002 86(7): 729-32.

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