Ophthalmic Consultants of London in the Media

Ophthalmic Consultants of London in the Media

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Our surgeons are regularly consulted for their expert opinion on eye-related matters and developments across the industry. Here you can read about their work which has featured in the National Press as well as on television.

“Consultant eye surgeon, Shahram Kashani, who specialises in medical retinal disorders and inflammatory eye disease treatment, has joined the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL).

Kashani brings his skills in cataract surgery, intravitreal anti VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) injections, intravitreal steroid implants as well as anterior and posterior segment laser treatment to the clinic”.

 

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BY ALLON BARSAM, MD, MA, FRCOphth

“My first-line method of choice for enhancing premium IOLs is LASIK, as long as the ocular surface is reasonably healthy. If the ocular surface is not optimized and we believe we can improve it, we often treat the patient’s ocular surface first, before carrying out the LASIK. If the patient had a highly hyperopic or a very highly myopic refractive correction, I would choose an alternative enhancement method, but those conditions are fairly rare”.

 

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The journalist formerly known as Richard ‘Four Eyes’ Ferrer now has better-than 20/20 vision thanks to the latest innovations in laser eye surgery

‘I booked an appointment with Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), a Harley Street surgery with 100 percent five-star reviews, opened in 2018 by top surgeons Romesh Angunawela, Ali Mearza and my guy, Allon Barsam. They have 55 years’ experience and 20,000 successful operations between them.’

 

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Written by Romesh Angunawela – ‘Good eyesight is something we all take for granted, until it goes. Perhaps this is why eye health is something that is so often overlooked in the roster of health advice columns.

We regularly read about what to eat for a healthy heart or gut, there are endless features on how to protect your skin and slow the ageing process and repeated warnings about the risks posed by modern lifestyle factors such as air pollution, stress or UV rays to human health but the eyes are rarely mentioned.’

 

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‘Common symptoms of physical damage to your eyes from phone or computer screens (or ‘screen eyes’, as it has been dubbed) can be eye strain, tired eyes, irritation and dry eyes, with the long-term effects still yet to be entirely determined.

Allon Barsam, a leading consultant eye surgeon and co-founder of Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), explains the link: ‘The lower resolution and varying brightness of letters and images on a screen, with bright centres and blurred edges, mean the eyes have to adjust multiple times to focus properly overworking the eye muscles.’

 

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[A] significant problem [for employees] is dry eyes, says Ali Mearza, director and founding partner at eyecare centre Ophthalmic Consultants of London.

While people naturally blink 15 to 20 times a minute, when focusing on a screen, this figure drops to between one and three times a minute, which leads to eyes becoming irritated.

 

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Three refractive surgeons used their collective experiences to launch a new refractive surgery center.

‘We ophthalmologists operate on arguably the most precious human organ—the eye—but learning refractive surgery requires a real shift in the mindset we learned in medical school. During ophthalmology training, we were taught to operate on and treat eyes with a problem or pathology; in refractive surgery, however, we operate on healthy eyes with the aim of reducing patients’ need for corrective glasses or contact lenses. New levels of expertise, skill, and understanding are required to succeed.’

 

 

 

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The number of patients with age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma is set to grow in line with an ageing population. OT speaks with Hemal Mehta and Sally Ameen for insight on the latest treatment approaches.

 

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‘In the UK, pterygium growths are relatively uncommon because of the lack of strong sunlight, with 1 per cent of the population, or around 670,000 people, affected,’ says Ali Mearza, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and Ophthalmic Consultants of London, a private clinic.

 

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Three of the UK’s leading eye surgeons have teamed up to launch a new clinic in Harley Street Medical Area Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), specialising in laser and lens vision correction surgery.

The private clinic based in New Cavendish Street has been set up by NHS consultant surgeons Ali Mearza, Allon Barsam and Romesh Angunawela – all specialists in laser eye surgery, cataract and lens replacement surgery and corneal transplantation.

 

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With the average Britain spending seven hours plus in front of a screen each day, it’s no surprise that digital eye strain and poor eye health is on the rise. Here, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and director Allon Barsam, reveals the twelve things you should know to keep your peepers in tip-top condition.

 

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Ophthalmic surgeon Ms Sally Ameen, who specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment, has joined Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL) as a salaried associate.

Operating also at London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, she joins the three founding directors surgeons Mr Ali Mearza, Mr Allon Barsam and Mr Romesh Angunawela; all specialists in laser eye surgery, cataract and lens replacement surgery and corneal transplantation.

 

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Consultant eye surgeon Sally Ameen has joined the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL).

Ameen, who specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment at London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, will work with founding directors of OCL and NHS consultant surgeons Ali Mearza, Allon Barsam and Romesh Angunawela.

 

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Patients implanted with the RayOne Trifocal IOL – which has the same diffractive profile as the Sulcoflex lens – can also achieve a high level of spectacle independence, said Allon Barsam MA (Cantab), MBBS, FRCOphth, who is a Director and Partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of London, UK.

In a study in which Dr Barsam implanted RayOne Trifocal IOLs in 36 eyes of 18 patients, the average uncorrected binocular logMAR visual acuity was -0.07 for distance and 0.16 logMAR for near one month following surgery. In addition, 93% of patients achieved an intermediate visual acuity of N5 or better. Although all patients experienced mild night-time halos, none were disabling and all patients were happy with the lens.

 

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‘This phenomenon is more common in Caucasian babies,’ says consultant eye surgeon Allon Barsam, of Ophthalmic Consultants of London.

‘Levels of melanin, the pigment which gives eyes their colour, increase gradually after birth, leading to baby-blue eyes turning green or hazel or brown.’

 

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Consultant founders of a new clinic say they aim to take personalised eye care to a new level of professionalism and provide a model for collaborative working among the UK’s top eye surgeons.

The three eye surgeons have teamed up to launch a new clinic, Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), specialising in laser and lens vision correction surgery.

 

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“Most of us are aware of the risks air pollution poses to our heart and lungs – what is less well known is the damage that air pollution does to our eyes,” says [Allon] Barsam.

“The heightened levels of air pollution we now regularly see in London increases the risk of dry eye disease which, as well as causing major discomfort and irritation, can lead to serious long-term eye problems, particularly worrying when associated with allergy in children.

 

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“Sunglasses are much more than just a fashion accessory – they are vital to maintaining healthy eyes, whatever the time of year”, says Ali Mearza, consultant eye surgeon and co-founder of Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL).

“The most important role of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultra-violet (UV) light which is invisible to humans but can wreak real damage to our eyesight as well as our skin. UV rays are emitted by the sun whatever the time of year, winter, spring or summer.

 

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Romesh Angunawela, a consultant eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and co-founder of Ophthalmic Consultants of London, agrees: ‘Blue wavelength light from digital devices carries more energy to the retina and in particular, the macula [responsible for central vision].

‘Some ophthalmic scientists have suggested that this could increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Long term studies are required to critically assess this proposed risk.’

 

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Three of the UK’s leading eye surgeons have teamed up to launch a new clinic, Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), specialising in laser and lens vision correction surgery.

The private clinic has been set up by NHS consultant surgeons Ali Mearza, Allon Barsam and Romesh Angunawela, all specialists in laser eye surgery, cataract and lens replacement surgery and corneal transplantation.

To support its eminent surgeons, the clinic has invested in the most advanced combination of laser surgery and scanning equipment found in the UK.

 

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Three UK eye surgeons have joined forces to launch Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL) to specialise in laser and lens vision correction surgery.

NHS consultant surgeons Ali Mearza, Allon Barsam and Romesh Angunawela have set up the private clinic to offer a range of eye-related surgical procedures including cataract surgery, LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery and refractive lens exchange surgery.

 

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A new private eye surgery clinic has been launched in central London by three of the UK’s leading NHS surgeons. Based in New Cavendish Street, Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL) will provide a wide range of eye-related surgical procedures including cataract surgery, LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange and other vision correction

 

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Three of the UK’s leading eye surgeons have teamed up to launch a new clinic, Ophthalmic Consultants of London (OCL), specialising in laser and lens vision correction surgery.
The private clinic has been set up by NHS consultant surgeons Ali Mearza, Allon Barsam and Romesh Angunawela, all specialists in laser eye surgery, cataract and lens replacement surgery and corneal transplantation.

To support its eminent surgeons, the clinic has invested in the most advanced combination of laser surgery and scanning equipment found anywhere in the UK. With unrivalled surgical expertise and a sophisticated suite of surgical tools, the clinic will offer a fully personalised service for each patient, from the initial consultation to treatment and recovery.

 

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