Keith Barton is a Consultant in the Glaucoma Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and Honorary Reader at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology. He qualified in Medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, having also obtained an intercalated First Class Honours BSc in Medical Microbiology. Dr Barton completed his residency training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine after which he was appointed to the Glaucoma Service at Moorfields in 1996, becoming director in 2005 for 6 ½ years.
His main clinical and research interest is the surgical management of glaucoma, especially uveitic and other secondary glaucomas. He has a particular interest in the use of Aqueous Shunt Devices and has been an investigator and steering group member of a number of internationally renowned trials, including the Tube versus Trabeculectomy and Primary Tube versus Trabeculectomy Studies. In addition he co-chairs the Ahmed Baerveldt Comparison Study and is a member of the trial management committees of two UK government funded surgical trials, the Lasers in Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertentsion (LIGHT) Study and Treatment of Advanced Glaucoma (TAGS) Study. Dr Barton has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as reviewing for 17 ophthalmic journals. In 2014 he became Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology and is an editorial board member of 3 other journals. He has been visiting professor at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Florida, University of North Carolina, University of California, San Diego and has served as Hong Leong Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore from 2011 to 2014.
Dr Barton has been invited to lecture on every continent. Noteworthy invitations include the American Glaucoma Society (2013), the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Glaucoma Subspecialty Day (2002, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2015), the Yale Glaucoma Symposium (2009), the French Glaucoma Society (2015), the German Ophthalmological Society (2003, 2006 and 2011) and the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2009. Dr Barton also organises and runs glaucoma educational symposia which have attracted significant acclaim, including The Glaucoma Galaxy – A Hitch-hiker’s Guide (2007) and the Moorfields International Glaucoma Symposium (annually from 2008 – 2013 and 2015).
Dr Barton has been active in charitable work. Since 2012 he has chaired the International Glaucoma Association, a UK-based, patient-centred charity. Formerly a keen runner who has completed 5 marathons, including Boston, he has put his energy into raising money for Moorfields Eye Charity and the International Glaucoma Association through sporting activities including two 100 mile cycle rides. In 2004, he was introduced to charitable work in Africa by Don Budenz, and became involved in charity-run clinics in Ghana, providing clinical care and also as an investigator in the Tema Eye Survey, a population-based study that reported a high prevalence of glaucoma in Ghana