Ms Magdalena Popiela

Ms Magdalena Popiela

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MBChB, MSc, FRCOphth

Specialises in

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract surgery
  • Diseases of cornea
  • Dry eye management
  • Pterygium excision

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales with a specialist interest in cornea and anterior segment. I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2007 before completing my specialist ophthalmic training in Wales. I have also undertaken a fellowship in one of the leading UK corneal transplant centres; the Southampton University Hospital.

I have performed thousands of cataract surgeries and anterior segment procedures to date. My special surgical interests include partial thickness corneal transplants and vision enhancing cataract surgery.

My expertise beyond general ophthalmology includes cataract surgery in patients with corneal disease or previous refractive surgery, vision enhancing lens surgery, corneal transplants, pterygium removal and medical management of ocular surface diseases.  

Prior to my appointment at the University Hospital of Wales I worked as an ophthalmic consultant and clinical lead in Gibraltar, where I performed the very first corneal transplant and introduced anterior segment services to the “Rock”.

Currently, I am the Clinical Director for the Ophthalmology Department at the University Hospital of Wales and a Director for Vale Eye Surgeons.

Throughout my career I have received several prestigious awards for my research projects and obtained a master’s degree in cataract and refractive surgery from Ulster University. Recently I have formed links with Cardiff University Optometry School and maintained a professional connection with Gibraltar.


General Medical Council Number: C6151182

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Ms Magdalena Popiela at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Corneal and external eye disease
  • Glaucoma treatment
  • Refractive surgery

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Additional information

MBChB / University of Edinburgh / 2007
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB is a degree given to doctors after successful completion of their medical degree

Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologist European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Professional leadership

I am Clinical Director of the Eye Department in the University Hospital of Wales. I am a Director for the Vale Eye Surgeons.


Popiela MZ, Barbara R, Turnbull AMJ, Corden E, Martinez-Falero BS, O'Driscoll D, Ardern-Jones MR, Hossain PN. Dupilumab-associated ocular surface disease: presentation, management and long-term sequelae. Eye (Lond). 2021 Jan 28. Epub ahead of print.

Popiela MZ, Young-Zvandasara T, Nidamanuri P, Moore T, Leccisotti A, Kumar V. Factors influencing pupil behaviour during femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2019 Jun;42(3):295-298.

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