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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


23 Apr 2014

Romesh is not only an amazing surgeon but also an extremely nice person. He makes you feel so at ease and takes such care in explaining everything and calling you personally after surgery. My eyes did not co operate at first but Romesh was so thorough and did not rest until he had found a solution.
His PA Sonia and Nat, his Optometrist are both super too, always so friendly and efficient.

09 May 2014

I was recommended to see Romesh due to deteriorating sight which seemed to be uncorrectable with glasses. Romesh found a cataract in one eye, which he corrected, and performed LASIK surgery on my other eye. The result: after 33 years of wearing glasses for very bad short sight I no longer need glasses at all – I can read, drive and play sports without glasses! Romesh was fantastic – everything was explained very clearly so I knew exactly what was going on. Questions that I had after our initial consultation were answered in full and the surgery itself was painless and simple. I never doubted that I was in good hands. Romesh is a consummate professional, but he also cares, even giving up his saturday afternoon to see me when I had an (unnecessary) panic. And my new sight really is a revelation!

12 May 2014

For over 30 years I wore glasses and contact lenses with a long sighted prescription. I never thought I would be eligible for laser eye surgery and certainly couldn’t imagine not wearing glasses or lenses.

I decided to research the possibility of having laser eye surgery and looked to Moorfields and after reading reviews decided to make an appointment with Romesh.

I was over the moon, when after my consultation that I was told I was in fact suitable for Lasik.

The procedure itself was so much quicker than I thought it would be. Throughout Romesh talked me through what was happening and what to expect so at no point felt concerned. I completely trusted Romesh and he put me at ease. He answered all my questions and queries and managed my expectations honestly.

It really is amazing that after such a short procedure I am now lenses and glasses free! It has made such a difference to my everyday life, especially after wearing glasses from my early childhood.

27 May 2014

After feeling frustrated with having to wear glasses my entire life and due to the inconvenience of wearing glasses whilst playing sport, I decided to have laser eye surgery. I had to have both Lasek and Lasik due to my astigmatism in one eye. Both were brilliantly successful! Couldn’t have asked for a reassuring, confident and experienced surgeon! Can’t recommend more.

29 May 2014

I recently underwent corrective surgery carried out by Mr Angunawela. With a -5.25 prescription, I have been reliant on contact lenses from the age of 16 and more recently having to use reading glasses as well, finally decided on surgery. Following enquiries with 3 prospective clinics, I based my decision on Mr Angunawela’s qualifications, experience and reputation, coupled with the fact that I was not once marketed following my initial enquiry to Moorfields with various “special offers and price promise deals”. I had my consultation on a Friday and surgery the following Monday. For 20 minutes of minor discomfort, my life has been changed. I now have excellent distance as well as perfect reading vision. I marvel each day at the results and will never be able to thank Mr Angunawela enough.

01 Jun 2014

Mr Angunawela provides both an excellent and personalised service.
I was unsure about whether or not to have the procedure done at first, but after my consultation I was reassured not only that I was in expert hands but also that I was fully informed about what all the potential risks and benefits would be.
The team he works with share his excellent standard of care.
Highly recommended.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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