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About Chien Wong

Mr Chien Wong, MBBS FRCSEd(Ophth) PGC, is a consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at 3 leading NHS hospitals: Moorfields Eye Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Royal Free Hospital. He is an expert in vitreoretinal surgery in adults, managing conditions ranging from eye floaters, to epiretinal membrane, to diabetic retinal disease, with a super-specialist interest in paediatric retinal detachments and vitreoretinal diseases.

His ethos as a vitreoretinal surgeon, is dovetailing the best interest of each and every patient with an inclusive personalised approach, the latest clinical evidence, cutting-edge surgical techniques and his natural ability to perform surgery that finds the sweet spot between safety and effectiveness.

He has been described both as a gifted surgeon and one that is ahead of the curve, whose promise was evident as a Moorfields Eye Hospital resident, when he was the best performing trainee in a surgical motion-tracking study published in Ophthalmology, the top ranked scientific journal in the field.

Following ophthalmology residency at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he undertook vitreoretinal and medical retina clinical fellowships also at Moorfields. This was followed by a further 2.5 years of paediatric surgical retina and retinovascular clinical and research fellowships at Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USA, funded by competitive awards from the TFC Frost Trust, Moorfields Special Trustees, Moorfields Surgeon’s Association, HCA International and the University of Southern California.


Chien’s consultative approach

From the first consultation, he takes the effort to understand the patient’s reason for attendance, evaluates and explains with an approach that is attentive to how individuals may prefer to receive medical information, allows room for any potential patient anxieties to surface, and takes into consideration cultural context. These stem from his 20+ years of experience of managing patients of all ages, from babies to centenarians, and a wide range of backgrounds.

Career highlights

Over 20 awards received

He has received over 20 awards over his career, and was elected to membership of the Retina Society in the USA in 2018.



In 2014, he transformed the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) retinal detachment in the UK, by introducing a novel endoscopic vitrectomy approach that increases preservation of the natural lens of the eye, significantly improving long-term visual outcomes.



In 2017, he was nominated by his peers to the annual Power List, a world’s top 50 list of specialist eye surgeons, published by The Ophthalmologist.

Performed revolutionary gene therapy surgery

In 2019, he performed the first-in-man gene therapy vitrectomy surgery for a rare genetic retinal condition called LCA-4 at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, in collaboration with colleagues from Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Chien Wong specialities

Vitrectomy surgery

Vitreoretinal surgery

Eye floaters

Macular hole

Epiretinal membrane

Vitreomacular traction

Vitreous haemorrhage

Retinal detachment

Diabetic eye disease

Paediatric vitreoretinal surgery

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) retinal detachment

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) retinal detachment

Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy

Incontinentia pigmenti

Chien Wong’s Testimonials

Awards and achievements

2018 Elected to membership of the Retina Society, USA
2017 Annual Global 50 Power List (Rising Stars), The Ophthalmologist
2017 AAO International Ophthalmologist Education Award
2014 Travel Grant Award, World Ophthalmology Congress
2013 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2012 14th Film Festival, Doctor’s Choice Award, American Society of Retina Specialists
2012 Moorfields Surgeons Association travel award
2012 Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital international fellowship funding award
2011 Elected to membership to the Association of Pediatric Retina Surgeons, USA
2011 13th Film Festival, Rhett Buckler award, American Society of Retina Specialists
2011 Alliance for Vision Research Inc (USA) research grant
2011 EURETINA (European Retina Society) Best Video Award
2010 London Deanery Local Leadership trust award
2010 T.F.C. Frost Trust international research funding award
2010 Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital international fellowship funding award
2010 HCA International Travel Award
2010 Moorfields Surgeons Association travel award
2009 London Deanery ‘Dragon’s Den’ Clinical Leadership trust award
2009 Moorfields’ Stars Award – Outstanding Individual (nominee)
2009 Moorfields’ Stars Award – Team of the Year (nominee)
2007 Treacher Collins Video Prize (Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, UK)
2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology (USA) Gold Star course instructor
2007 ESCRS Best Cataract Poster Prize (Sweden)
2005 Alcon Case Study Competition Finalist (UK)
1992-93 ASEAN Scholarship (Raffles Junior College, Singapore)

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National and international reputation

Mr Wong is a key opinion leader and educator in vitreoretinal surgery. His clinical expertise is exemplified by being one of a handful of surgeons in the UK that surgically treat complex retinal detachment in premature infants and children. His opinion is sought by international vitreoretinal surgical companies to advice on improvements of current and future technologies to optimise safety and effectiveness of surgery, NGOs to train their vitreoretinal surgical teams, and other consultant eye surgeons.

  • UK representative of the Global Alliance Board at the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Invited reviewer for multiple scientific journals
  • Advisory Board member of several international vitreoretinal surgery companies, including being the Chair of a retinal surgery advisory board
  • Works with international NGOs the Armenian EyeCare Project (USA & Armenia), Know The Glow (USA) and Lifeline Express (Hong Kong, China)
  • Over 20 surgical courses as lead or co-instructor in the UK and internationally, including as course director and instructor on complex vitreoretinal surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual conference, the largest international clinical and surgical meeting.


Research highlights & publications

  • Ranked in the top 0.2% globally of published authors on vitreoretinal surgery – no.1 expert in the UK and no.5 worldwide (as of 25.01.22)
  • Author of over 40 collaborative scientific publications and 6 book chapters
  • Over 130 national and international conference presentations, including a Keynote lecture in 2017.
  • Co-investigator on several phase I/II gene therapy clinical trials
  • UK Chief Investigator and Moorfields Eye Hospital Principal Investigator for the RAINBOW randomised controlled trial

Studies & publications

A selection from over 40 research studies & publications:


In the media

Chien Wong has featured in the media for his work on complex vitreoretinal conditions and surgeries. These include ITV’s Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes in 2019, with Mr Wong treating a retinal detachment in 2 year old Lucas with Coats disease, BBC One’s NHS at 70 in 2018 and his work with the Armenian EyeCare Project.


Further mentions in the media:

Charity work

From 2014, Chien Wong has worked closely with the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP), a not-for-profit California-based NGO supporting and developing eye care in Armenia since 1992. Supported by the Armenian Health Ministry and a significant grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a national paediatric vitreoretinal (VR) treatment centre, the Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Children Blindness, was developed for the children of Armenia. This was in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Between 2014 to 2017, Chien provided quarterly on-site vitreoretinal surgical training to two of the country’s most experienced VR surgeons, making 10 trips in 3 years.

This has evolved almost exclusively to telesurgery. A ground-breaking moment in the project occurred in 2016, whereby for the first time in the history of the Project, high-risk ROP surgery was performed in an infant wholly by an Armenian surgical team in Armenia with only remote supervision, from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London via telesurgery.


Further information:

Patient story: Michelle – Michelle’s mother was overjoyed when she learned she was pregnant. But her baby was in danger of going blind.

Dr. Wong’s story

Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness: Dr Wong was a key partner in supporting the establishment of the centre and training the national surgical team.

How the Armenian EyeCare project saved an infant from blindness

Family travels from Russia to get eye care for their child

More about the Armenian EyeCare Project

Armenian Infants Saved from a Lifetime of Blindness


Society memberships

British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS), UK

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK

Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK

Retina society, USA

American Academy of Ophthalmology, USA

Association of Pediatric Retinal Surgeons (only UK member), USA

European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)


Consultation locations

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