Miss Althauser is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Clinical Lead in Diabetic Retinal Screening, and Honorary Lecturer at the Royal Free Hospital, London which she joined in 1995. She also practises privately at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, London. In 2007 Miss Althauser was named as Advanced Medical Leader for the BAMM (British Association of Medical Managers) Management Programme. Her specialist interests include diabetic eye disease and cataract surgery.
She has been involved in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy since 1995 with well over a thousand laser treatments for diabetic eye disease and over 3000 cataract operations performed. Miss Althauser is also on the staff of the Dispensaire Francais in London, a charitable society providing medical assistance to French speakers in the UK.
Miss Althauser trained in ophthalmology at the Albert Ludwig University Medical School in Freiburg, Germany where she obtained her MD. Prior to this she held training posts in the UK in A&E, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology where she obtained a Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DRCOG). She obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in 1994.
Personal treatment philosophy: Excellent communication skills are vital to explain the condition to the patient and to involve them in the treatment process as much as possible. A patient must be seen as a whole and be offered access to a multidisciplinary approach.