About the surgeons
Both surgeons are consultant eye surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital and specialise in laser eye surgery, cataract and lens surgery and corneal transplantation
Mr Romesh Angunawela
Mr Romesh Angunawela BM, MD, FRCOphth, FRCS, Cert LRS is a full time Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and at Moorfields at St George's Hospital, where he is a specialist in corneal surgery, complex corneal disease, keratoconus, dry eye, corneal transplantation, lens surgery, and laser eye surgery. He holds the Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Cert LRS). He also holds the following positions:
- Director of Corneal Training at Moorfields Eye Hospital
- Clinical Director Moorfields Lions Eye Bank
- Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of London, St George's Medical School.
- Honorary Lecturer - University College London Institute of Ophthalmology
Mr. Angunawela graduated from Medical School (BM) in 1997 where he was awarded the Altounyan Prize for research into the prevention of stroke related brain injury. He did his ophthalmic training at St Thomas' and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. In 2003 he was selected by Professor John Marshall (OBE), one of the inventors of laser eye surgery, as a research fellow and spent 2 years researching novel mechanisms to alter wound healing responses to laser eye surgery. He received a doctorate (MD) from the University of London for his thesis on corneal wound healing after laser eye surgery and has published nearly 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed medical journals, largely focusing on laser vision correction and is actively engaged in research.
Following his residency training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he completed 2 and a half years of advanced specialisation as a fellow in corneal and laser eye surgery in the highly sought after fellowship programs at Moorfields Eye Hospital and at the Singapore National Eye Centre. He was awarded the prestigious Pfizer fellowship award by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2010.
Mr Angunawela is registered as a specialist with the GMC and 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), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
He was awarded an Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmologists in 2011, and has received the Founders Gold Medal 3 times from the UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and instructs on a number of courses to other ophthalmologists on cataract surgery and laser eye surgery.
Mr Angunawela can be consulted at Moorfields Eye Hospital Private Patients, London
Mr Angunawela has received the following awards and prizes
2017 National Patient Safety Award - overall prize
2016 Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery - Royal College of Ophthalmologists
2016 Best Paper - Refractive Surgery, UKISCRS
2015, 2016 Commendation for teaching - St George's Medical School
2012 Best Paper, American Academy of Ophthalmologists
2012 Founders Medal, UKISCRS
2012 Best Paper. Eucornea, Milan
2011 Video Prize. ESCRS
2011 Achievement Award. American Academy of Ophthalmologists
2011 Best paper Zeiss Laser User Group meeting.
2011 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Santen Award
2010 Pfizer Ophthalmic Fellowship Award
2010 Moorfields Surgeons Association
2010 Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Runner up
2009 Fight for Sight Travel Award Finalist
2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology, ’Best of Show’ Award
2008 Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Winner
2008 Finalist Alcon Glaucoma Case Prize
2007 Founders Gold Medal. UKISCRS
2007 Cataract Surgery Category Prize. ESCRS
2007 Allergan Research Fellowship Award. Runner up
2007 Best video prize. ASCRS San Diego, USA.
2005 Bausch and Lomb Prize.UKISCRS
2004 Founders Gold Medal. UKISCRS Winner
2004 British Eye Research Foundation Fellowship grant
2003 Sir William Lister/Dorey Bequest Prize
2003 St Thomas Hospital Teaching Fund Award
1997 The Altounyan Research Prize
Ms Laura de Benito-Llopis
Ms Laura de Benito MD, MRCOphth, Phd, is a consultant eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital London where she is a specialist in corneal transplant, cataract, lens and laser eye surgery. She was fellowship trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She was awarded a PhD for her thesis on corneal wound healing after laser eye surgery and is considered an expert in the field of surface laser eye surgery.. She graduated top of her year at medical school.
Ms de Benito has worked as a consultant in a number of different countries since 2005 - as head of corneal refractive surgery at Vissum Madrid Spain, at the Singapore National Eye Centre, at St Thomas’ Hospital London and at Moorfields Eye Hospital where she is clinical lead for cornea transplant outcomes. She has published over 30 scientific articles She is an invited speaker at a number of international conferences and teaches on national and international surgical courses. Ms de Benito is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmology as well as the European and American societies of cataract, cornea and refractive surgeons.
Mr de Benito-Llopis can be consulted at Moorfields Eye Hospital Private Patients, London