Mr Kam Balaggan

Mr Kam Balaggan

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BSc(Hons), MBBS, FRCOphth, PhD

Specialises in

  • Cataract surgery
  • Floaters
  • Macular holes
  • Diabetic retinal detachments
  • Complex and routine retinal detachments and tears

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I am Consultant Ophthalmologist who is unique in being one of exceptionally few surgeons that have completed not just two years of prestigious high-volume Fellowships in Vitreoretinal Surgery, but also two years of subspecialist Fellowship training in Medical Retina, all at the internationally-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

This was in addition to my general ophthalmic training, which was also predominantly based at this Centre of Excellence and one of the world’s top Eye Hospitals. I also obtained a PhD from University College London (ranked in the top five universities globally) developing state-of-the-art Gene Therapy for age-related macular degeneration as well as other retinal disorders. I have been awarded numerous prizes recognising my contribution to advancing frontiers in ophthalmology and for his teaching excellence. I am considered an expert in retinal medicine and surgery, and I'm often invited to lecture both nationally and internationally, teaching other retinal specialists.

I have an outstanding track record in research and teaching. I spent four years full-time at University College London, under the guidance of internationally-awarded Professor Robin Ali, performing cutting-edge research developing novel retinal gene-based therapies for age-related macular degeneration and inherited retinal disorders. I was awarded a PhD for this work.

I was a co-investigator in the world’s first gene therapy trial for an inherited retinopathy (New England Journal of Medicine 2008, 2015), and more recently a key investigator in the first randomised clinical evaluation of subconjunctival bevacizumab for new-onset corneal neovascularisation (British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2012). I co-designed and am the Principal Investigator in a new clinical trial based at Moorfields Eye Hospital, which will evaluate a novel radiotherapy device for the treatment of macular degeneration.

I also lead, as Principal Investigator, an NHS-funded clinical trial evaluating the role of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery for NHS patients.


General Medical Council Number: 4415651

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Kam Balaggan at Spire include:


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I specialise in state of-the-art modern micro-incision sutureless vitrectomy surgery, and premium micro-incision cataract surgery, including multifocal trifocal intraocular lenses for complete spectacle independence at all distances.

I provide completely comprehensive surgical and laser treatment of:

  • Cataracts, in particular premium multifocal intraocular lenses
  • Complete assessment and surgical removal of floaters, including posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)
  • Vitreomacular traction
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes

I am also fully trained to treat most medical retina conditions including providing intravitreal injection and laser therapies for:

  • Macular degeneration 
  • Retinal vein occlusions 
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic maculopathy
  • Inherited/genetic retinal disorders
  • Uveitis

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Diabetic eye disease
Macular degeneration
Retinal disease
Vitreo-retinal surgery

I have been a peer-reviewer for 6 ophthalmology scientific journals. I have authored 30 peer-reviewed publications, 12 as first-author, including seven in the prestigious journals Nature Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine, Ophthalmology and British Journal of Ophthalmology. I have given numerous lectures nationally and internationally related to my research.

I am the recipient of six local, national and international prizes in recognition of the quality of my research, including the highly prestigious:

  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Medal (awarded for the best research by any resident)
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists Foulds Trophy (awarded for the best original research presentation)
  • Best Paper Presentation American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Best Surgical Video Prize Euretina
  • Allergan Research Fellowship Award (1st Runner-up)
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Academic Achievement award

I am very passionate about teaching other ophthalmologists and trainee doctors. I was awarded the prize of Best NHS Tutor of the Year 2012 by Bart’s and the London Medical School in recognition of his teaching skills and enthusiasm. He is currently the Lead for Undergraduate Ophthalmology training at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary.


A full list of my research publications

Consultant in Vitreoretinal and Ophthalmic Surgery, Medical Retina, Cataracts at Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary, New Cross Hospital

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with Specialist Interests in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts

Lead for Undergraduate Ophthalmology, Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

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