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Mr Venki Sundaram

Mr Venki Sundaram

Consultant Ophthalmologist
MD, FRCOphth, MRCOphth, BMBCh, BSc

"I enjoy the calm, private and modern facilities that Spire is able to offer, thereby allowing me to provide the highest level of care for my patients."

Practising at

Spire Harpenden Hospital

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Treatment information

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

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

Intravitreal injections for wet AMD and Macular Oedema, Retinal vein occlusion, 

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Professional profile

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in medical retinal diseases (e.g. 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 monfocal, 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 offers these treatment 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.


Clinical Interests

Cataract surgery
Glaucoma treatment
Macular degeneration
Retinal disease
Ophthalmology
Diabetic eye disease

AMD, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Vein Occlusion, Cataract Surgery in patients with Retinal disease

Private contact details

Telephone 0800 585 112
Website http://www.hertseyesurgeon.co.uk/
Private secretary Clare Inns
Private secretary telephone 01582 714449
Private secretary email clare.inns@spirehealthcare.com
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Qualification and professional memberships

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

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

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

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

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


Professional memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


Professional leadership

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

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

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Personal Profile

I am married and we have 2 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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