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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


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.

16 Sep 2018

Delighted with the result of my ops.

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

11 Apr 2014

As a printer my eyes are essential to my work, the results are fantastic. I have complete trust in him operating on my eyes.

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!

09 Apr 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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 !

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