Mr Francesco Sabatino

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgeon

MD, FEBO, PGDip


Specialises in

Languages spoken

English, Italian

I am an experienced Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Cataract Surgery. I qualified with honours at the prestigious University Campus Bio-Medico of Roma, where I also specialised with honours in Ophthalmology.

In addition to Vitreoretinal Surgery, I also specialise in high volume complex and routine cataract surgery with standard and toric intraocular lenses but also multifocal intraocular lenses.

I obtained vast experience in Vitreoretinal Surgery, being trained at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) with internationally recognised fellowships in Vitreoretinal Surgery. I also trained in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Leicester Royal Infirmary and at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I completed an advanced Cataract Fellowship at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust under the mentorship of Mr Brian Little.

I was awarded with distinction a Postgraduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery from the University of Ulster.

I currently work as a substantive Consultant Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I have an avid interest in clinical and surgical research in Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgery which I maintain through peer-reviewed publications, involvement in clinical trials and as an invited reviewer for international scientific journals.

I have a strong interest in teaching the new generation of Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgeons and regularly lecture at international and national meetings.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Francesco Sabatino at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Cataract surgery with standard and premium intraocular lenses (toric, multifocal)
  • Macular hole surgery
  • Epiretinal membrane surgery
  • Laser eye treatment (YAG laser capsulotomy and argon laser/cryo retinopexy)
  • Management of complications from cataract surgery 
  • Management of aphakia with secondary intraocular lenses
  • Management of floaters
  • Management of vitreous haemorrhage
  • Surgical management of diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Ophthalmology
Retinal disease

Special clinical interests: Complex and Routine Vitreoretinal Surgery, Complex and Routine Cataract Surgery, Management of Complications of Cataract Surgery, Traumatic Cataract, Retinal Detachment Surgery, Trauma, Vitreous Haemorrhage, Aphakia, Macular Hole, Diabetic Vitreous Haemorrhage, Complex Diabetic Retinal Detachment, Epiretinal Membrane, Floaters, Diabetic Retinopathy, Surgical Management of Uveitis, Surgical and Medical Management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Professional memberships

European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA)

European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)

British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)

General Medical Council (GMC)

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I am fluent in English and Italian. I enjoy playing the piano and guitar, and love art and history.