Romesh Angunawela BM, MD, FRCOphth, FRCSEd

Moorfields Eye Hospital Private Patients
Arthur Steele Unit, 205-207 City Road
London, UK EC1V9JN
+44 (0) 20 7 521 4641

Dr. Romesh Angunawela
Dr. Romesh Angunawela



Serving patients seeking cataract surgery in Oxford and the surrounding area

Romesh Angunawela, BM, MD, FRCOphth, FRCSEd, is a full time Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where he specializes in complex corneal disease, corneal transplantation surgery, cataract surgery and laser eye surgery.


An Achievement Award was
presented to Dr. Angunawela
by the AAO.

Dr. Angunawela graduated from Southampton University Medical School (BM) where he was awarded the Altounyan Prize for research into the prevention of stroke related brain injury. He did his ophthalmic training at prestigious institutions, including St Thomas' Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. In 2003, he was selected by Professor John Marshall, one of the pioneers of laser refractive surgery, as a research fellow and spent two years researching novel mechanisms to alter the corneal wound healing response to laser eye surgery. He received a doctorate (MD) from the University of London for his thesis on corneal wound healing after refractive surgery and has published nearly 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed medical journals, largely focusing on laser vision correction. Following his residency training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he went on to advanced specialization as a fellow in corneal and laser refractive surgery in highly sought after fellowship programs at Moorfields Eye Hospital and at the Singapore National Eye Centre. He was given a full Pfizer fellowship award by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (London) to complete 18 months as a corneal and refractive fellow to Professor Donald Tan in Singapore (Current President of the Cornea Society). Mr. Angunawela is one of the few eye surgeons to have completed more than two years of advanced specialization in cornea and refractive surgery in the UK.

Dr. Angunawela is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd). He is a member of the American, European, and UK and Ireland Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS, ESCRS, UKISCRS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He was awarded an Achievement Award by the AAO in 2009. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and teaches on a number of cataract surgery and refractive surgery courses for other ophthalmologists. He is currently Corneal Section Editor for Current Medical Literature - Ophthalmology.

Dr. Angunawela is a member of several professional organizations.

Dr. Angunawela has received the following awards:

  • Special Cases Prize. ESCRS 2011
  • Achievement Award. AAO 2011
  • Best paper Zeiss User Group meeting. 2011
  • Santen Award. ARVO 2010
  • Pfizer Ophthalmic Fellowship Award. Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2010
  • Moorfields Surgeons Association travel award 2010
  • Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Runner up 2009
  • Fight for Sight Award Finalist. Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2008
  • 'Best of Show' Award. AAO 2008
  • Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Winner 2008
  • Founders Gold Medal. UKISCRS 2007
  • Cataract Surgery Category Prize. ESCRS 2007
  • Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Runner up 2007
  • 'Best of Show' Award. ASCRS. 2005
  • Refractive Surgery Prize. UKISCRS 2004
  • Founders Gold Medal. UKISCRS 2004
  • Sir William Lister/Dorey Bequest Prize. Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2003
  • St Thomas' Hospital Teaching Fund Award 2003
  • Altounyan Research Prize. University of Southampton 1997

Your Vision Correction with Dr. Angunawela

Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK

Cataract surgery is a modern miracle. Intraocular lens implantation at the time of cataract surgery was first performed by the British surgeon, Sir Harold Ridley, who worked at both Moorfields and St Thomas' Hospital in London, and his legacy has improved the lives of millions of people around the world. Modern cataract surgery is painless, micro-incision surgery that is performed in around 20 minutes, allowing the patient to walk out of the theatre with new sight. Advances in lens development now offer the possibility of astigmatism correction and multifocal lenses for distance, intermediate and near visual correction.

Dr. Angunawela performs cataract surgery with no-needle anesthesia. The option of sedation and general anesthesia is also available for those patients who may be nervous. During your consultation Dr. Angunawela will discuss the options and provide a recommendation as to which lens best suits your lifestyle and needs. He prefers the high definition Rayner aspheric intraocular lens implant, which is available in standard, toric (to correct astigmatism) and bespoke (made to order) models depending on your needs and the anatomy and refraction of your eye. For patients requiring premium multifocal lenses, Dr. Angunawela prefers the Oculentis M-Plus lens, which delivers excellent results. As a surgeon who performs complex cataract and transplant surgery, he has the experience to deal with even the most difficult cases of cataracts.

Dr. Angunawela also offers "bioptics," a combination of cataract surgery and laser vision correction for near-perfect vision. He also offers cutting edge Premium Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery using the Optimedica laser system. Laser cataract surgery is the newest advance in this field.

Dr. Angunawela consults exclusively at Moorfields Eye Hospital. All surgeries are carried out there.

To get in touch with Dr. Angunawela, please click on the "email the surgeon" button below or call +44 (0) 20 7 521 4641.

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About Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Moorfields Eye Hospital Crest

Moorfields Eye Hospital is a centre of excellence for treatment of diseases of the eye and one of the leading eye hospitals in the world. Founded in 1805, it is the largest eye hospital in the world, treating over 260,000 patients annually across the full spectrum of eye disease. Together with the Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields is also the largest ophthalmic research center in the world and has pioneered many treatments to prevent blindness, including being the first center in the world to perform gene therapy for retinal blindness. Moorfields is the leading teaching center for ophthalmologists in Europe. Its crest bears the words 'Fiat Lux', meaning, let there be light. The hospital and its staff work tirelessly to provide the highest standard of care for their patients and to alleviate the burden of eye disease.

What Do Patients Say About Dr. Angunawela?

"…My wife and I especially want to thank you for your excellent care and concerns for our daughter. Your follow up visits and phone calls to our daughter were greatly appreciated and reassured us that she was not only getting excellent care, but in the hands of a kind, compassionate surgeon. It was so difficult for us to have that faith and trust with an ocean separating us from our daughter and her medical care providers. Your attention to our daughter was above and beyond the norm. We sincerely thank you; however simple words could never express the depth of our appreciation. Stacy plans on returning to London in Sept. to complete her Master’s degree and will be seeing you in follow up." —Victor and Joy Soderstrom, Minnesota, USA

"I am sure that a cataract operation is quite routine for you and your team, but I found the results to be utterly amazing and my treatment at Moorfields exemplary.

A procedure that I was quite frankly dreading was carried out in a manner that put me at ease and was painless. The professionalism of your nurses and doctors was second to none.

My sight has dramatically improved, colors, contrast and definitions are all on another level compared with before the operation." —Tim, Photographer, London

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