Romesh Angunawela

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2024

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

Advanced wavefront laser eye surgery for long/short sightedness and astigmatism: femtosecond, intra LASIK, LASEK, PRK
Complex corneal disease including infections
Corneal transplantation: full and partial thickness corneal transplants and femtosecond laser corneal transplants
Surgery for Fuchs’ dystrophy
Cataract surgery: small incision, including complex cataract surgery with toric and multifocal lenses and laser cataract surgery
Correction of short sight with ICL surgery (implantable contact lens)
Keratoconus surgery: fast collagen cross linking using the Avedro system, keraring implantation and lamellar corneal transplant surgery and contact lens fitting
Dry eye disease:
Blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction and Sjogren’s disease
Contact lens related eye problems

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

University of Southampton

Further key experience: 

Two and a half years years of advanced specialisation in the medical and surgical management of complex corneal and external eye disease, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and laser refractive eye surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital and with Professor Donald Tan at the Singapore National Eye Centre
Doctoral thesis (MD) on corneal wound healing after laser eye surgery 2009

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO)
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS)
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)

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

Full-time consultant in cornea and external disease and cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Centre at St George's Hospital
Honorary senior clinical lecturer, St George's Medical School, University of London
Director of corneal fellowship training

Other professional achievements: 

Doctorate in Medicine (MD) University of London 2009
Corneal section editor ‘Current Medical Literature: Ophthalmology’

2012 best paper, American Academy of Ophthalmologists
2012 founders medal, UKISCRS
2012 best paper. Eucornea, Milan
Special cases Prize. ESCRS 2011
Achievement award. AAO 2011
Best paper Zeiss user group meeting. 2011
ARVO Santen award. 2010
Pfizer ophthalmic fellowship award. 2010
Moorfields Surgeons' Association travel award 2010
Allergan research fellowship award. Runner up 2009
Fight for Sight award finalist 2008
AAO, ’best of show’ award 2008
Allergan research fellowship award. 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 2003
St Thomas’ Hospital teaching fund award 2003
Altounyan research prize 1997

Research interests: 

Doctoral thesis (MD) at St Thomas’ with Professor John Marshall on the wound healing response in the cornea after laser eye surgery and the development of novel agents to modify wound healing.
New laser eye surgery techniques
Wound healing after laser eye surgery
Corneal transplantation
100+ conference presentations and over 40 scientific publications

Languages spoken: 


Any other personal interests/background information that may be relevant: 

Mr Angunawela is a member of the Global Clinic and the Himalayan Vision Project charities, providing eye care and ophthalmic surgery to communities in the developing world. For further information visit