Mr Romesh Angunawela

Mr Romesh Angunawela BM, MD, FRCOphth, FRCS, Cert LRS is a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust and at Moorfields at St George's Hospital, where he is a specialist in corneal surgery, cataract surgery, keratoconus, Fuchs' dytrophy, 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). 

His team were awarded the prestigious National Patient Safety Award in 2017. 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, 2017 Commendation for teaching - St George's Medical School

2012 Best Paper, American Academy of Ophthalmologists

2012 Founders Gold 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 Award

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

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


  Mr Angunawela is a member of a number professional organisations

Mr Angunawela is a member of a number professional organisations