Mr Venki Sundaram

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MD, FRCOphth, MRCOphth, BMBCh, BSc

Specialises in

  • Cataract removal
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in medical retinal diseases (eg macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion) and cataract surgery. Having performed thousands of cataract operations, retinal injections and laser procedures to the highest standard, I have ample experience in treating these eye conditions, all with a caring and informed manner. With the help of my clinical experience and extensive research, I am able to offer my patients the latest treatments, along with an expert opinion on the most appropriate treatment for them.

My specialist interest is in medical retinal conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy, retinal vein occlusion, myopic degeneration, vitreous traction disorders and central serous retinopathy. I am also highly trained in cataract surgery and have an abundance of experience in performing surgery in patients with additional retinal problems, with excellent results that are well within the standards set by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. My specialist procedures include: Intravitreal injections for retinal conditions (Lucentis, Eylea, Avastin, Jetrea, Ozurdex and Iluvien); retinal laser therapy; cataract surgery using monofocal, toric and multifocal lenses.

I am actively involved with the research and development of retinal therapies. I am the site principal investigator for a national study investigating the optimum treatment for retinal vein occlusion. I have a particular interest in AntiVEGF and steroid therapy, used to treat retinal conditions where there is leakage or bleeding from damaged retinal blood vessels. I currently offer these treatments to my patients with numerous studies demonstrating effective results.

I am the lead author of "Training in Ophthalmology." This textbook, published by Oxford University Press provides a comprehensive overview and is widely used by trainee and junior ophthalmologists in the UK and abroad. I have also had my work published in the New England Journal of Medicine and in the prestigious journal of Ophthalmology.

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General Medical Council Number: C6055336

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Venki Sundaram at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Intravitreal injections for wet AMD and Macular oedema
  • Retinal vein occlusion

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Clinical interests

Cataract surgery
Diabetic eye disease
Glaucoma treatment
Macular degeneration
Retinal disease

Special clinical interests: AMD, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, cataract surgery in patients with retinal disease.

Qualification and professional memberships

BSc / King's College London / 1999
This is an undergraduate research degree

BMBCh / Oxford University / 2002
This is a medical degree, allowing one to practice as a doctor

MRCOphth / Royal College of Ophthalmologists / 2006
This qualification allows entry into Specialist Registrar ophthalmic training.

FRCOphth / Royal College of Ophthalmologists / 2011
This is the highest ophthalmic qualification obtainable in the UK

MD / University College London / 2014
This is a higher research degree that was awarded for my work into gene therapies for retinal diseases.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Professional leadership

Clinical Lead for Diabetic Retinopathy Services at Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Clinical Governance Lead at Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Personal profile

I am married and we have two children. I enjoy playing tennis and have competed at an international level, representing Great Britain on numerous occasions. I also enjoy golf, travel, food and films.

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