Laura de Benito-Llopis

Consultant telephone: 

0207 566 2045

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

  • Cornea and external eye disease
  • Cataract surgery and refractive surgery
  • Laser eye surgery for long/short sightedness and astigmatism
  • Corneal disease including infections and corneal transplantation
  • Surgery for fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Cataract surgery: small incision, including complex cataract surgery with toric and multifocal lenses and laser cataract surgery
  • Keratoconus surgery: collagen cross linking, keraring implantation and lamellar corneal transplant surgery
  • Dry eye disease: blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction and sjogren’s disease
  • Contact lens related eye problems
  • Allergic eye problems: atopic keratoconjunctivitis, seasonal and perennial allergic eye disease

Year of first medical qualification: 


Further key experience: 

  • Awarded a PhD for a thesis on corneal wound healing after laser eye surgery in 2007
  • International observerships during training
  • 2003: Beth Israel North and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, US
  • 2006: Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, US
  • Started work as a consultant in 2005 in Madrid, Spain, specialising in refractive and anterior segment surgery
  • Completed corneal and external disease fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2009-2010
  • Worked as clinical senior associate at the Singapore National Eye Centre (October 2011- March 2012)
  • Moved to the UK and joined St Thomas’ Hospital as a consultant in April 2012
  • Joined Moorfields Eye Hospital as a substantive consultant in October 2016

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
  • The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
  • The Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, Spain
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Current NHS/university posts, whether full/part time, and starting year: 

  • Substantive consultant in the cornea and external disease department, Moorfields Eye Hospital at City Road, since 1 October 2016

Other professional achievements: 

  • Awarded a PhD for a thesis on clinical results and corneal wound healing after laser eye surgery, with a special interest in surface ablation and mitomycin
  • Has published over 30 papers and three book chapters, and is an invited speaker at a number of international meetings
  • Involved in teaching on a number of national and international surgical courses