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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


Christine Pieters

16 Apr 2019

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 what I wanted, as my left eye was getting worse I decided to have laser surgery to correct it.

I chose Moorfields because it is the best and Romesh is top-notch. I took his recommendation to correct both eyes, I was under no pressure to do this and I am delighted with the results. I can read unaided, my distance vision is excellent, and I can’t remember the last time I saw so well out of my left eye.

However, it has been quite a journey, I was very unlucky and had an infection in my right eye. Unfortunately, complications can and do happen, they are random and rare. Romesh was reassuring and honest and, I followed his excellent advice. He took extra care to make sure that my infection was dealt with, after numerous check-ups, two operations in my right eve (at no extra cost), and many post-operative drops, the pesky cells in my right eye have finally gone.

Six months after LASIK laser surgery, I have no regrets, everything is looking good, it’s still a joy to see the world with my new eyes. Thanks to Romesh and his excellent team at Moorfields I have lifetime of good eyesight to look forward to and absolutely no hesitation in recommending them

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.

16 Sep 2018

I recently underwent corrective eye surgery with Mr Angunawela. I was very short sighted with pre-operative glass prescription close to -15 in each eye. In the consultation Romesh was thorough, reassuring and honest, and after explaining all the options recommended Visian ICL surgery. The booking process was straightforward and the staff were excellent. I had the procedure on each eye done 2 weeks apart. The right eye operation was quick, almost entirely painless and after 2 days i had perfect vision. The left eye was a more difficult procedure and i had a lot of blurring and discomfort afterwards. I was very worried what would happen. Romesh was also concerned, and was brilliant at re-assuring me that it would settle down after a week of drops. Indeed it did, and in both eyes my vision is now perfect. I am happy with the result and would not hesitate to recommend Mr Angunawela to anyone considering corrective eye surgery.

16 Sep 2018

Very professional from start to finish absolutely no hesitation in recommending mr romesh angunawela thank you for your help and advice

16 Sep 2018

After a number of consultations with other laser eye companies and no clear guidance for which was the best possible option, I decided to see Mr Romesh Angunawela. Very quickly he advised what would be the best solution, which was to correct my right eye only for long sight. The process from consultation to corrective laser eye surgery was only about a week. the after care was equally good, I was given a bag full of eye drops, lubricants and anti-biotic drops, with full explanation by the nurse. Post-op checks were equally professional, with detailed checks etc. I would recommend Romesha and Moorfields, the whole process took the uncertainty I had prior to the surgery.

16 Sep 2018

Delighted with the result of my ops.

If you’re considering of having this treatment at Moorfields, don’t think twice!

10 Oct 2018

After having worn contact lenses for over 30 years, I decided it was time to explore the possibility of corrective eye surgery. I contacted, spoke with, and researched several organisations, and it quickly became obvious that Moorfields was the ideal choice regarding depth of expertise

I arranged a consultation with Romesh Angunawela who was completely thorough, and reassuringly honest, in his advice.

I chose Visian ICL surgery, and the procedures were performed 2 weeks apart.

6 months on and it is simply the best choice I have ever made

I am delighted with the results, and now wish I’d been braver, and had the procedure earlier. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Angunawela to anyone.

24 Nov 2018

I researched into choosing the best eye surgeon and what equipment/machine is best for laser eye surgery. I chose Mr Romesh Angunawela as he is rated as one of top ten eye surgeons in the UK.

From various articles Moorefield’s have one of the best laser machines in the world. I went with Romesh at Moorfields due to his expertise and skills and his fee includes a 2 year aftercare package.

I was -9.25 in both eyes prior to surgery in August 2014 and Romesh recommended Trans PRK laser surgery the results are amazing. 3 months on I have better than 20/20 or 6/6. I have 6/4 vision I have perfect vision it’s amazing I can now see the bottom lines of an eye chart.

I have no side effects my eyes are healthy. I am now in my Thirties and I wish I had taken a decision to have the eye surgery done earlier in my life.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Mr Romesh Angunawela and his team who were very professional from start to finish. The Optometrist who checked my vision was very professional and thorough. Mr Angunawela checked my eyes thoroughly and recommended which type of eye surgery would be best suited for me.

The pre and after care service is excellent Mr Angunawela phoned me the next day to make sure everything was o.k which put my mind at rest.

I have now recommended my friends and family to see Mr Angunawela at Moorefield’s.
This guy is a legend !

03 Feb 2019

After researching a number of top quality eye surgeons, as well as sifting through Moorfields’ own impressive roster, I picked Romesh, as his training, continued training, experience and extensive list of awards in his profession caught the eye (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I felt that I could trust my sight in his hands. Furthermore, upon meeting Romesh, throughout the consultation stage, assessment, surgery and post- operative care, Romesh and his team were first class.

I could not have had a more brilliant surgeon. He has improved the quality of my life.

02 Apr 2014

My optician initially mentioned that I may have Keratoconus in one eye but told me not to worry about it. However, upon researching this condition in more detail and feeling my eyes deteriorate further, I searched for someone who knew what they were talking about, and in Mr Angunawela I found the best out there. He diagnosed me with Keratoconus in both eyes and said I need cross-linking to stop this progressing. He was clear, professional and friendly from start to finish and, thus far, the operation has been completely successful. I would recommend him over anyone for this type of operation.

13 Feb 2013

I began with a consultation with Mr Angunawela, which was thorough, reassuring and honest. He explained the procedure in detail, and was anything but pushy, outlining without prejudice the pros and cons of laser eye surgery. Convinced that I wanted to proceed, the booking process was straightforward, and the procedure itself entirely straightforward. Mr Angunawela inspired confidence, as indeed did the support staff around him, and the operation itself was quick, almost entirely painless, and two weeks after the event, entirely successful. I can see perfectly, have had little to no irritation, and simply have to put in my eye-drops frequently (for which clear instructions are given). All in all, I couldn't be happier and though Moorfields is without doubt at the expensive end, you are certain to receive the highest level of care, the latest technology and top quality surgeons. You only have two eyes...

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