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Riaz Asaria BM MD FRCOphth
Mr Riaz Asaria, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeron

Mr Riaz Asaria qualified from Southampton University in 1989 and began his specialist ophthalmology training in 1992, specialising in Retinal Disease. He was awarded the June Sutor Research fellowship in 1997 at Moorfields Eye Hospital, followed by a Medical Retina fellowship also at Moorfields and further fellowships in both Surgical Retina and then Medical Retina at Bristol Eye Hospital.

His research involved working with the Wound Healing Team at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital and he treats eye traumas both on the NHS and privately.

He has been working as a consultant at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust since 2005, where he also teaches. He leads the undergraduate ophthalmology teaching at University College Hospital Medical School.

At the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth he runs a private clinic on Mondays from 2pm until 8pm, Tuesdays from 7pm until 9pm, Wednesdays from 3pm until 8pm, Fridays from 8am until 7pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm. Mr Asaria has a full support team including an orthoptist, optometrist and medical imaging and this allows for a complete ophthalmic review with most investigations completed on the same day.

His subspecialties include:
Cataract surgery, eye trauma, macular degeneration treatment, medical and surgical retina and general ophthalmology


For private appointments please call his secretary Saskia Mitchell or Charlene Leigh on 020 7432 8315.

Mr Asaria also provides an emergency eye service and can be contacted via his secretaries at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth or on his mobile number 07816 814338.


Consultant Surgeons

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Davey, Clare (Miss)

Special interests: Cataract, diabetic retinopathy and general ophthalmology

Fallon, Timothy J (Mr)

Special interests: Cataract surgery and vitreo-retinal surgery

Islam, Niaz (Mr)

Special interests: Retina (age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, anti-VEGF and retinal laser treatment, uveitis) and cataract surgery (monofocal and multifocal intraocular lenses)

Jain, Rajni (Miss)

Special interests: General ophthalmology, watery eyes, eyelid and lacrimal surgery, aesthetic eyelid surgery and paediatric ophthalmology

Kalognomas, Panagiotis T.(Mr)

Special interests: General ophthalmology, cornea refractive surgery with laser (LASIK, LASEK), cataract surgery

Ohri, Rita (Ms)

Special interests: General and paediatric ophthalmology, diabetic eye disease, retinal laser, ocularplastic and lacrimal surgery

Patel, Jignesh (Mr)

Special interests: Medical and surgical retina (diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal tears and detachment, macular holes and cellophane maculopathy), cataract surgery

Shah-Desai, Sabrina (Mrs)

Special interests: Eyelid surgery, external eye disease, eye socket reconstruction, lacrimal surgery and blepharitis, paediatric oculoplastics, cosmetic eyelid and brow surgery, non-surgical facial cosmetic treatment

Whitefield, Laurence (Mr)

Special interests: General ophthalmology, small incision cataract surgery, toric and multifocal lenses, retinal diseases

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