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Mr David Armstrong

Consultant Ophthalmologist

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Mr David Armstrong is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is based at the Royal Victoria Hospital.  He also performs NHS Ophthalmology Clinics in Ballymena Health and Care Centre and cataract surgery in South Tyrone Hospital. As part of his interest in Emergency Eye Care, Dr Armstrong is Trust Lead for Emergency Eye care services at the Belfast Trust.

After leaving Northern Ireland in 1993, Dr Armstrong spent 10 years in a combination of basic research (BSc Biochemistry), and applied research; culminating in a PhD in Medicine (Ophthalmology), studying the healing processes involved in the eye. He completed his medical school degree, from the University of Manchester, in 2007.
Towards the end of Dr Armstrongs 7 years specialist ophthalmology training in Northern Ireland, he held a joint appointment with the Queens University of Belfast as a Clinical Lecturer, researching areas of diabetic eye disease.  He continues to hold a position of Honorary Lecturer at Queens University.
Dr Armstrong regularly sees patients with general, emergency and specialist eye conditions and he particularly enjoys performing cataract surgery.

His private practice rooms are at Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Belfast.


BSc Biochemistry University of Dundee 1997

PhD Medicine, Ophthalmology University of Liverpool 2004

MB ChB University of Manchester 2007

Fellow Royal College Ophthalmologists, London 2017

Additional Training

Academic Clinical Lecturer, Queens University Belfast, 2015-2017

Professional bodies (Positions held in last 3 years)

FRCOPHTH Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London 2015

Honorary Lecturer Queens University Belfast 2017


Hiscott P, Armstrong DJ, Batterbury M, Kaye S. Repair in avascular tissues: fibrosis in the transparent structures of the eye and thrombospondin 1. Histol Histopathol 1999; 14:1309-1320

Armstrong DJ, Hiscott P, Batterbury M, Kaye S. Expression and distribution of thrombospondins in the normal and wounded cornea. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2001; 42: S901

Armstrong DJ, Hiscott P, Batterbury M, Kaye S. Corneal stromal cells (keratocytes) express thrombospondins 2 and 3 in wound repair phenotype. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 2002; 34:588-593

Armstrong DJ, Hiscott P, Batterbury M, Kaye S. Keratocyte Matrix interactions and thrombospondin 2. Molecular Vision 2003; 9:74-79

Hiscott P, Armstrong DJ, Batterbury M, Kaye S. The role of thrombospondin 2 in keratocyte: matrix interactions. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2003; 44:S899

Hiscott P, Paraoan L, Choudhary A, Ordonez JL, Al-Khaier A, Armstrong DJ. Thrombospondin 1, thrombospondin 2 and the eye. Prog Ret Eye Res 2006; 25(1) 1-18

Armstrong D, Lagan M, Sinton J, Kaye S and Willoughby C. Ocular Phenotype and Therapeutic Interventions in the Ectodermal Dysplasia Keratitis-Ichthyosis-Deafness Syndrome. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013;54: E-Abstract 3873

Lechner J, Porter L F, Rice A, Vitart V, Armstrong D J, Schorderet D F, Munier F L, Wright A F, Inglehearn C F, Black G C, Simpson D A, Manson F and Willoughby C E (2014) Enrichment of pathogenic alleles in the brittle cornea gene, ZNF469, in keratoconus. Hum Mol Genet 2014 Oct 15;23(20):5527-35.

Loughrey B, Armstrong D, Lockhart C J, Classical eye signs in bacterial endocarditis QJM (2015) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcv055 First published online: 11 March 2015.

Colin E Willoughby; Chitra Sambare; Judith Lechner; Vidya Chelerkar; Kalyani Sodimall; Milind Killedar; Sangeeta Malani; Sagarika Patyal; David Armstrong; Madan Deshpande Genetically-directed targeted clinical surveillance in juvenile open angle glaucoma. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.2015; 56(7 ):2543

Napier, ML, Armstrong, DJ, McLoone, SF & McLoone, EM 2016, 'Congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction: Comparison of two different treatment algorithms' Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, vol 53, no. 5, pp. 285-291. DOI: 10.3928/01913913-20160629-01

Moutray T, Evans JR, Armstrong DJ, Azuara-Blanco A. Different lasers and techniques for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD012314. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012314.

Obasanmi Gideon, Lavery Nuala-Jane, Hombrebueno Jose R., Lynch Aisling, Chen Mei, Armstrong David, Lois Noemi, Xu Heping. Alterations in Circulating Leukocyte Populations in Diabetic Retinopathy Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017.

Chen Mei, Obasanmi Gideon, Armstrong David, Lavery Nuala-Jane, Kissenpfennig Adrien, Lois Noemi, Xu Heping. STAT3 activation in circulating myeloid-derived cells contributes to retinal microvascular dysfunction in diabetes. 16, Article number: 138 (2019)

Armstrong, David, Lois, Noemi. Diabetic Macular Oedema [internet]. 2015 Aug 5; Diapedia 7105693819 rev. no. 14. Available from: https://doi.org/10.14496/dia.7105693819.14

Treatments and areas of interest

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery

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