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Laser eye surgeon and OCL Vision founding partner, Allon Barsam, has a world recognised reputation for personalised vision correction delivering maximum precision and care for every one of his patients. Allon combines state of the art technology with superb technical microsurgical skills.
Allon recognises that each patient deserves both precision and personalisation of their visual needs. He features on every independent patient and peer reviewed list of the UK’s top laser eye surgeons and cataract surgeons.
Allon Barsam MA (Hons) Cantab MB BS FRCOphth FWCRS Examiner Cert LRS is a director and founding partner of OCL Vision. From 2010 he specialised exclusively in laser eye surgery, lens-based vision correction surgery, cataract surgery with premium lenses and corneal surgery. He has an international reputation for combining state of the art technology with superb, microsurgical skill.
Mr Barsam recognises that each patient deserves both precision and personalisation for their vision. He has a passion and proven track record providing enhanced vision for many people whose livelihoods and wellbeing are dependent on sight. His laser eye surgery patients include naval aviators (top gun pilots), commercial pilots, elite professional athletes in major sports and high-profile members of the entertainment industry. In addition, he has treated hundreds of doctors, optometrists, consultant eye surgeons and members of their families including several other laser eye surgeons from across the world.
Mr Barsam was trained in several international centres of excellence. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Cambridge and University College London Medical Schools with honours and a distinction in surgery. His residency training was at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, followed by a fellowship in New York, where he worked closely with two of the founding fathers of modern cornea, cataract and laser vision correction surgery. He then completed an additional cornea, cataract and refractive surgery fellowship at the Western Eye Hospital in London.
Mr Barsam was the lead Consultant and fellowship director for corneal transplantation and complex anterior segment surgery at the L&D University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Partners. This tertiary centre of excellence was founded and set up by him in 2012, for which he received several excellence awards.
He has published over 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 16 book chapters and he is the co-author of a comprehensive textbook of Ophthalmology, which is now in its third edition. He is an editorial advisory board member and former section editor of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today Europe. He wrote his Doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge on Keratoconus and safety in laser vision correction.
Mr Barsam is regularly invited to speak, chair and moderate at national and international conferences. He is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ prestigious Microsurgical Skills Faculty.
In 2023 he was honoured to be invited to become one of a few inaugural board-certified fellows of the World College of Refractive Surgery and Visual Sciences (FWCRS) in recognition for his commitment and contributions to the Specialty of Refractive surgery globally. Mr Barsam was a member of the Council for the Royal Society of Medicine, Ophthalmology section from 2015-18. From 2018, he was selected to join the CertLRS Examinations Subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, working with the college to safeguard national standards in laser and lens based refractive surgery.
In addition, Mr Barsam is an expert opinion leader for the laser-eye surgery and cataract surgery industry, frequently advising on best practice with existing and emerging advanced technology.
Allon specialises in personalised laser and lens vision correction. He will work with you to carefully customise the best treatment plan for your individual visual needs.
Laser Eye Surgery
Laser Eye Surgery: LASIK
Laser Eye Surgery: LASEK
Reading Vision Correction
Refractive Lens Exchange
Advanced Surface Ablation
Allon is a sought-after, expert opinion-leader for the laser-eye surgery and cataract surgery industry, frequently advising on how to improve and perfect safety with existing and emerging advanced technology.
It’s essential for Allon Barsam to offer his patients the most effective, safe and very latest technology. Allon highly values innovation and he is meticulous with researching, critical analysis of and thorough evidence base for best practice before he implements new techniques or treatments. Allon Barsam is a surgical innovator and therefore works closely with industry to continually refine and advance existing techniques.
Some of Allon’s achievements are recognised on his Wikipedia page.
Publishing the largest and most significant review on treatment options (LASIK vs. Phakic intraocular lenses) for people with moderate to high myopia (near/short sightedness).
Innovative treatment options for patients with Keratoconus
Publishing a randomised controlled trial looking at the safety of two different techniques of cataract surgery.
Publishing new ways of carrying out advanced surface ablation (PRK/LASEK/epi-LASEK) treatment options.
Allon Barsam has carried out several charitable missions abroad to help the poor who do not have access to modern eye surgery. Most recently he was part of a team of surgeons carrying out cataract surgery in Cambodia in 2017.
Allon Barsam has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 14 book chapters and he is the co-author of a comprehensive textbook of Ophthalmology, which is now in its second edition.
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Distinction in OSCE clinical examination for placing second in his year of medical school out of 200 students
Rosenheim Prize in Cardiovascular Medicine, awarded for elective project.
Distinction in Surgery, Clinical Finals, MB BS Examinations. Certificate of Merit in Surgery, Clinical Finals, MB BS Examinations.
Alcon Prize for Best Overall Poster, UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS) Annual Congress.
Ethicon Foundation Fund, for cornea, external eye disease and refractive surgery fellowship , New York, USA. Special Trustees of Moorfields Research Grant, for national study on acute corneal hydrops secondary to keratoconus.
Alcon Prize for Poster, UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS) Annual Congress. Best Paper – Keratorefractive, American Society
The first British Ophthalmologist in the world to use laser vision correction technology for cataract surgery with the use of intraoperative aberrometry to refine visual outcomes.
The first British Ophthalmologist and one of the first ten surgeons in the world to carry out laser cataract surgery.
First British Ophthalmologist and one of the first in the world to use the small aperature IC-8 lens for treating radial keratotomy patients
First British Ophthalmologist and one of the first in the world to use the latest most advanced trifocal intraocular lens by Rayner for both refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery
Founding Partner and Director of OCL Vision – a multi-location leading group of eye surgeons using the world’s most advanced technology for vision correction and cataract surgery
Watch this video testimonial from a patient of Allon Barsam who underwent LASIK Laser Eye Surgery.
Had my eyes lasered a few days ago and can see everything perfectly! Such a lovely experience with Dr Barsam and his team, he truly is 5 stars!!!!
Allon Barsam features in the media across multiple platforms regularly for his expertise in laser and lens vision correction surgery including, BBC News, The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Reuters and the Discovery Channel.
Allon Barsam appeared in a feature on BBC News performing advance laser eye surgery on a patient suffering from a rare eye condition called Reis-Bucklers syndrome, which made everyday activities nearly impossible. The pioneering laser surgery was completed to remove scarring on the cornea which caused blindness, and the report follows the patient on her journey through recovery which will fully restore her sight.
Would you like to meet Allon Barsam and discuss options for personalised vision correction? Make an enquiry or call on 0203 369 2020
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