Mr Francesco Sabatino

Mr Francesco Sabatino

Consultant Ophthalmic, Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Macular hole surgery
  • Epiretinal membrane surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Laser eye treatment

Languages spoken

English, Italian

I am an experienced Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery. In addition to Spire Norwich Hospital, I work as a Consultant Vitreoretinal and Cataract Surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a large University Hospital that covers the retinal urgencies of the entire Norfolk region.

I have obtained vast experience in vitreoretinal surgery, being trained at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with internationally recognised fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery.

I perform high volume complex and routine vitreoretinal surgery, with over 500 vitreoretinal surgeries every year. I receive referrals also from other surgeons to manage complex vitreoretinal conditions, as well as complications of cataract and vitreoretinal surgery performed elsewhere. My audited success rate for macular hole surgery, including very large and chronic macular holes, is 100%.

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 completed an advanced cataract fellowship at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I was also awarded with two prizes from Euretina (European Society of Retinal Specialists) and one prize from BEAVRS (British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery with distinction from the University of Ulster.

I have an avid interest in surgical and clinical 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 enjoy training fellows and registrars in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery and I regularly lecture at international and national meetings.


General Medical Council Number: C7399327

Treatment information

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


Other treatments

  • Complex and routine cataract surgery with standard and premium intraocular lenses (toric, multifocal)
  • Complex and routine vitreoretinal surgery
  • Epiretinal membrane surgery
  • Laser eye treatment (YAG laser capsulotomy and argon laser/cryo retinopexy)
  • Macular hole surgery¬†
  • Management of aphakia with secondary intraocular lenses
  • Management of complications from cataract surgery¬†
  • Management of floaters
  • Surgical management of diabetic retinopathy

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Additional information

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

Special clinical interests: Complex cataract surgery, complex vitreoretinal surgery, macular hole surgery, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, retinal detachment, vitreous haemorrhage, management of complications of cataract surgery, aphakia

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.

Private secretary Lorna Trainor
Private secretary telephone 07508 824 783
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