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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

Rating Date

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!

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.

18 Feb 2013

Romesh was brilliant from beginning to end. He explained the process of Wavefront in much more detail than the other clinic I went to initially which was re-assuring. He was very careful, precise and was brilliant at making me feel relaxed about the process . The procedure was extremely quick and without any problems. I am very happy having better than 20/20 vision and no glasses!

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.

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.

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.

08 Jul 2013

After researching/visiting several laser eye surgery clinics to compare procedure and prices, I opted to have mine done by Mr Angunawela at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, in April 2013.From the very first consultation, Mr Angunawela and his team made me feel completely at ease and spent time with me explaining the procedure, what to expect after surgery and the level of aftercare provided. Of course, this kind of surgery can be risky and is a substantial financial commitment, so being made to feel as though I would be in 'safe hands' was a must. This is implicit in the service provided by Mr Angunawela and his team.I honestly couldn't be happier with the results, which quite frankly, have been life changing. I had very bad shortsightedness, so the correction needed was extensive. Having 20/20 vision is simply amazing, and after attending a three-month check up today, I have been discharged.Mr Angunawela has given me the gift of sight again, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

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.

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.

18 Jul 2013

Having spoken to friends that had undergone lazer surgery I was finally convinced to go for it myself. There are many places that offer surgery and therefore competition makes people fight to offer the best price. But when you consider that its your eyes I felt that I would want to be in the best place even if was a bit more expensive.Having looked at the different surgeons on the Moorfield's web site I decided to go with Romesh. I am so pleased with the results and will recommend Romesh to any potential patients.The whole process from initial consultation to the actual surgery and aftercare was so easy. Romeah advised against LASEK having studied my eyes, carefully explaining all the pros and cons of each procedure. There was no pressure to go ahead with the surgery but I am so glad that I opted to have this done.

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