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Mr Romesh Angunawela

37 Reviews

My eyes used to be very different, my right eyesight was good but objects in my left eye were fuzzy and distant. As I grew older I wore varifocals for my computing job and distance glasses for driving, this was OK, but not really ... Read more

Mr Angunawela was for many years an Ophthalmic Consultant Surgeon at the leading Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where he specialised in complex corneal disease, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, and laser eye surgery.

Today, he works alongside Mr Ali Mearza, Mr Allon Barsam and Ms Sally Ameen at the Ophthalmic Consultants of London, and has a reputation for caring patient care.

With 18 years’ in laser eye surgery and positive customer reviews, Mr Angunawela makes it onto the list of the 10 best laser eye surgeons in the UK, based on thousands of patient reviews on Lasik Eyes since 2002.


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1. Qualifications

Following undergraduate studies in Medicine at the University of Southampton, Mr Angunawela completed his ophthalmic training at two renowned eye hospitals between 2001 and 2010: St Thomas’ and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

He then went on to carry out nearly three years of advanced specialisation in cornea and refractive surgery, working at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and in collaboration with Professor Donald Tan at the Singapore National Eye Centre from 2010 to 2012.

He received a doctorate (MD) from the University of London for his thesis on corneal wound healing after refractive surgery, and has published over 40 scientific publications and peer-reviewed papers in the medical literature.


2. Experience

Until recently, Mr Angunawela was a Consultant in corneal diseases and cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Moorfields branch of St George’s Hospital.

Mr Angunawela is a member of the American, European and UK and Ireland Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS, ESCRS, UKISCRS), as well as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, American Academy and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

He is a regular speaker at international conferences and instructs on a number of courses to other ophthalmologists on cataract surgery and refractive surgery. And if that list isn’t extensive enough, he is currently Corneal Section Editor for Current Medical Literature in Ophthalmology.

Here are Mr Angunawela’s full professional memberships:

  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth)
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS)
  • Doctorate in Medicine, University of London
  • UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

If these credentials don’t speak for themselves, Mr Angunawela has been awarded the following prizes:

  1. Special Cases Prize ESCRS 2011
  2. Achievement Award, AAO 2011
  3. Best paper Zeiss User Group meeting 2011
  4. ARVO Santen Awar. 2010
  5. Pfizer Ophthalmic Fellowship Award 2010
  6. Moorfields Surgeons Association travel award 2010
  7. Allergan Research Fellowship Award 2009 (runner up)
  8. Fight for Sight Award 2008 (finalist)
  9. AAO, ’Best of Show’ Award 2008
  10. Allergan Research Fellowship Award, Winner 2008
  11. Founders Gold Medal, UKISCRS 2007
  12. Cataract Surgery Category Prize, ESCRS 2007
  13. Allergan Research Fellowship Award 2007 (runner up)
  14. Best of Show Awar, ASCRS 2005
  15. Refractive Surgery Prize, UKISCRS 2004
  16. Founders Gold Medal, UKISCRS 2004
  17. Sir William Lister/Dorey Bequest Prize 2003
  18. St Thomas’ Hospital Teaching Fund Award 2003
  19. Altounyan Research Prize 1997

So, can he treat you? Mr Angunawela specialises in the ultra-accurate wavefront laser and the ultra-fast femtosecond laser to help correct long or short-sightedness, and astigmatism.

Here are the main laser eye surgery procedures he performs:

  • Intra-LASIK or PRK (bladeless laser eye surgery)
  • LASEK (flapless laser eye surgery)
  • Cataract surgery (with toric and multifocal lenses)
  • ICL surgery (implantable contact lenses)

Given Mr Angunawela’s research focus into new laser eye surgery techniques, and as an experienced eye surgeon, he can also help with more complicated eye conditions, such as corneal transplantation, corneal collagen crosslinking, and Fuchs’ dystrophy.


3. Ophthalmic Consultants of London

Today, Mr Angunawela sees patients exclusively at the Ophthalmic Consultants of London, which he recently founded along with two other renowned, UK trained eye surgeons: Mr Allon Barsam and Mr Ali Mearza.

What makes this eye clinic special? The Ophthalmic Consultants of London has practices in central London and Hertfordshire, and uses state-of-the-art technology to secure the desired results.

Is there anything I should know? It’s refreshing to see transparent laser eye surgery prices, and it’s rare for private eye clinics to offer interest free laser eye surgery finance options. However, it’s also worth noting the costs at the Ophthalmic Consultants of London are some of the highest in the industry.


4. Mr Romesh Angunawela Review: The Verdict

So, is Mr Angunawela the right eye surgeon for you? Of course, that all depends on whether you live in London, and how deep your pockets are.

Mr Angunawela features as one of the best laser eye surgeons in the UK, given his extensive experience (even in complex procedures) and thumbs up from customers. It’s also rare to find an ophthalmologist with more awards.

However, he is London based, and – as you would expect from his eye-dropping experience in vision correction – his prices are at the upper end, with even the initial consultation costing £250. If that price tag is giving you goose bumps, there are many other safe options in the UK.


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Mr Romesh Angunawela Reviews

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04 Aug 2018

Getting my short sightedness corrected by Romesh was an amazing experience. He talked me through my complicated history (family history of cataracts and detached retina, corneal scar from a previous infection, -5.5 short sight), steered me away from the more complicated (and expensive) treatment that I thought I needed and explained everything amazingly. 10 days after my initial appointment (it could have been 3 had I not been sick) I was having the surgery. I was in the hospital for 50 mins and on the table for 10 mins and the procedure was completely smooth. Romesh talked me through it all calmly so that I had no concerns and it was very smooth. The results were amazing, after 2 days of recovery when he took of the protective contact lens my vision was amazing and continued to improve over the next 1-2 months. A day of blurry vision and dry eyes and drops for 3 months are your only costs for perfect vision.
Romesh, is expensive, but that is because it is top-notch, first class treatment. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other patients.

15 Jul 2018

It feels great to be free of the need to wear glasses or contact lenses for the first time since childhood. Previously I was very short sighted. I considered laser eye surgery but was hesitant, I guess because you only have one set of eyes. That is why, when I did decide to get laser surgery I went to Moorfields – I wanted the best. I was not disappointed. My surgeon, Romesh Angunawela, has a reassuring presence as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge, in addition he really took the time to understand and address my concerns. He listened patiently and provided clear choices and explanations. My eyesight is now near perfect – I am confident that I won’t need any aftercare, but should I do so Romesh would always be my first choice.

15 Jul 2018

Mr Angunawela carried out my LASEK surgery early in 2014 and I am absolutely delighted with the results – I don’t remember ever seeing as well as this before (previously myopic and astigmatic). The results of the surgery were exactly as planned.

The first stage of the process was to have an assessment consultation and tests. Information about the various types of surgery was provided in advance and the tests seemed very thorough. At this assessment I was found to have early stage Fuchs’ Dystrophy (a condition missed at routine eye tests), so I was advised to have LASEK surgery rather than the other procedures if I wanted to go ahead. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and no pressure to take things further unless and until I wanted to do so.

The procedure was pain free with every step explained and excellent follow-up care (including an extra check when I had a minor problem with the bandage contact lenses that caused me some anxiety).

I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Angunawela as a knowledgeable, skilled and sympathetic surgeon. I am most grateful to him and his colleagues for their care and my vastly improved eyesight.

02 Jul 2018

I underwent LASIK treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital in March 2014. I was very pleased with Mr Angunawela’s care throughout the procedure: he was attentive, personable, reassuring and above all achieved great results for me.

02 Jul 2018

When my optician confirmed in April that my blurred sight was due to cataracts he suggested I might see Mr Angunawela.

I am so glad that I was referred to this surgeon for Mr Angunawela made the whole process of undergoing cataract surgery in both eyes so easy and completely pain free and the result has been like a miracle to someone who has been short sighted for about 65 years and can now watch performances in the theatre, opera house or cinema without glasses. He was very professional but also very kind and patient and made sure that I was fully informed of the options and he was supported by staff who were equally reassuring.

I am so grateful to Mr Angunawela for his skill in transforming my life.

11 Jun 2018

I have recently had lens replacement surgery and after wearing glasses for 33 years, latterly varifocals, I no longer need them. Eye surgery was a scary prospect but from first to last, Mr Angunawela was open, straightforward and reassuring. The surgery itself was painless and the care I received at Moorfields was efficient and friendly. I have had very little (and very minor) discomfort during the process or since and wish I had had it done when I was younger.

10 Jun 2018

I was wearing spectacles for 20 years and contact lenses for 17 years. My vision was most recently assessed at -3.75 and I always dreamt about waking up in the morning and seeing without reaching for my spectacles. I hesitated to make my decision about the operation for many years. I was scared that I might lose my sight totally instead of improving it.
However, when I read about Mr Romesh’s experience in laser eye surgery I started believing that he might be able to change my life for good. I decided to do the operation and I am very glad I finally did it, as I am happier than ever. The result is amazing, and my vision is better than 20/20. I did not have any problems after the operation and went back to work on Wednesday after having the procedure on Monday afternoon .
Dr Romesh was very professional, knowledgeable and supportive through the whole process. The hospital personnel were also very welcoming and kind, which helped to calm me down on the day of the operation.
Thank you ever so much!

03 Jun 2018

I am very happy with the results. My vision is now excellent, and after being very short sighted for the last 25 years, I couldn’t be happier. Dr Angunawela made me feel very much at ease, and the surgery was quick and painless. I am also very happy with the 2 year aftercare package which has put my mind to rest. Am so glad I went to Moorfields and recommend Dr Angunawela very highly.

03 Jun 2018

After much deliberation I went to see Mr Angunawela regarding the Lens Replacement Procedure.

I was scared, as most people are about the prospect of having my eyes tampered with but from the moment his PA Sonia contacted me to my final follow up appointment I could not have asked for better care.

Everything was explained to me clearly and Mr Angunawela pointed out not just the advantages but some of the disadvantages that may occur as a result of the procedure.

It was not painful at all (and I have a low pain threshold)

More importantly I can now read and see without glasses. The result was almost immediate.

Thank you for enhancing my quality of life.

02 Jun 2018

I am very happy with the results. My vision is now excellent, and after being very short sighted for the last 25 years, I couldn’t be happier. Dr Angunawela made me feel very much at ease, and the surgery was quick and painless. I am also very happy with the 2 year aftercare package which has put my mind to rest. Am so glad I went to Moorfields and recommend Dr Angunawela very highly.

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