Professor Ben Burton

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCP, FRCOphth

Specialises in

I specialise in cataract surgery and treatment of retinal diseases. I studied at Cambridge University before training at the world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Cataract surgery is one of the most reliable and highly successful operations. I have been performing cataract surgery for more than 15 years and have a very low rate of complications. As well as offering cataract surgery I have extensive experience of treating retinal problems such as wet age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions.

I have been involved in numerous research trials using the newest drugs available to treat these conditions giving me early access to some of the most up to date information available in what is a rapidly changing field. There are a variety of options to discuss depending on whether your priority is to be free of glasses or to minimise the risk of post-operative visual problems like glare and halos.

My reputation is built on excellent visual outcomes putting safety first resulting in extremely high patient satisfaction. If safety, a successful track record, and excellent clinical outcomes are important to you, then please ask your GP or optician to refer you to my clinic. If this is not possible please ring my secretary directly on 01493 453054.

In 2017 I was appointed as visiting professor at the University of East Anglia.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Ben Burton at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cataract surgery
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Retinal disease
  • Uveitis

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Diabetic eye disease
Macular degeneration
Retinal disease

Cataract surgery; Treatment of age related macular degeneration; Diabetic retinopathy; Retinal vein occlusion

Professional memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

I have recruited over 400 patients into research studies and I continue to be involved in trials of new treatments for age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. I have built an ophthalmology research team and I am currently interested in screening techniques to allow early detection of retinal diseases before permanent damage is done.

Honorary Senior Lecturer University of East Anglia
Clinical Director of Research and Development
Consultant Ophthalmologist, James Paget University Hospital

I enjoy travel, garden design and military history and raise money to help ophthalmology research in Norfolk.

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Sonia Colbert
Private secretary telephone 01603 813 712
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