🎓 Affiliations and Areas of Expertise

  • Wavefront laser refractive surgery for long and short-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (Femtosecond LASIK, LASEK, PRK)
  • Cataract surgery using standard, Toric and Multifocal lenses and Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Lens implant surgery including Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
  • Corneal grafts including DMEK, DSAEK, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty for keratoconus, Femtosecond laser corneal transplantation
  • Keratoconus Surgery including Collagen Cross-linking and Kerarings or IntacsPterygium Surgery
  • Contact Lens-related Eye Conditions
  • Refractive Laser Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Grafts
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Year of first medical qualification: 1997
  • Location of initial medical training: University of Sydney (University Medal for First place on Honours list).
  • Location of ophthalmology training: Sydney Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital
    • Advanced training in medical and surgical management of complicated cornea, contact lens, and external eye disease during 4½ year Corneal Fellowship at Moorfields, concurrent with PhD
    • PhD thesis at the UCL Moorfields Institute of Ophthalmology in conjunctival scarring in Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid
    • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney (2009)

    Membership of professional/national/regional bodies

    American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO)

    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

    American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)

    Bowman Corneal Club (UK)

    British Medical Association (BMA)

    British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS)

    EuCornea (European Society of Cornea & Ocular Surface Disease Specialists)

    European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)

    International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)

    Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)

    Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (RCO)

    Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA)

    Medical Women’s Federation UK

    Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS)

    United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS)

    Other professional achievements

    Council Member and Treasurer of the British Society of Refractive Surgery (since 2011)

    Examiner & Committee Member for the RCO Certification in Laser Refractive Surgery

    Vice Chairman of the Moorfields Eye Hospital Drugs and Medicine Management Committee

    Expert panel advisor for the Dry Eyes Medical website

    Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Medal 

    ARVO Travel Grant Award (2010)

    Oxford Ophthalmological Congress Founder’s Cup (2007)

    Action Medical Research Fellowship (2005 – 2009)

    Member of International Sjogren’s Syndrome Registry Review Panel (SICCA)

     🏆 Other Awards

    Arthur Edward Mills Prize for First Place on Honours List (1996)

    Ciba Geigy Prize for First in the Graduation Year (1996)

    Prize for Clinical Proficiency in Medicine (1996)

    Semmelweiss Prize for Infectious Diseases (1996)

    Alan Zammit Award (1996)

    General Proficiency Prize (1995)

    Harold Alfred Waldron Memorial Prize (1994)

    Hunter Prize and A.M. Lowenthal Prize for Prosection (1993)

    Herbert John Wilkinson Memorial Prize (1992)

    Grafton Elliot Smith Memorial Prize (1992)

    John Harris Scholarship for Medicine (1992)

    Medical Women’s Society of NSW Prize (1992)

    Beverley Stewart Memorial Prize for Medicine (1991)

    The Premier’s Prize for First Place in H.S.C. English (1990)

    📚 Research Interests

    As a clinical academic, Ms Saw is involved in ground-breaking, world-leading clinical and laboratory research in conjunctival inflammation and scarring, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid and dry eye.

    Based on findings Ms Saw discovered during her PhD, an exciting potential new treatment has been found, and a clinical trial in ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, and in ocular allergy affecting children and adults, is planned. Ms Saw is also involved in research in corneal transplant surgery and cataract surgery, optimising outcomes of laser refractive surgery and femtosecond cataract surgery.

    Amongst her other interests, Ms Saw has carried out ophthalmic aid work and teaching in Myanmar.

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    Margaret Picken
    I have only the highest praise for Valerie Saw and gratitude for her professionalism, kindness, and clear and calm advice before, during and following YAG laser capsulotomy on my right eye and the...
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    Valerie Saw carried out cataract surgery on me as a private patient in April of 2011 at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome and can't praise her skills...
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    Ms Valerie Saw is a friendly and very professional eye surgeon. She is very thorough during the examination. Valerie is courteous and immediately put me at ease providing just the right amount of...
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    I could not be happier with my decision to have laser eye surgery to correct short-sightedness/astygmatism performed by Miss Saw. Miss Saw is professional, calm and reassuring. She talked me through...
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    What a lovely lady! What a fantasitic surgeon......My husband has only had one good eye since birth, and that was getting worse and worse. He had to wear glasses all the time and it makes things...
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    Absolutely delighted with result and service, couldn't be happier!
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    I had absolutely no idea of what to expect when I discovered cataracts in my eyes. And I was living abroad. On my first visit, during my initial consultation Valerie explained in very simple but...
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    Having laser eye surgery was the best decision I have ever made and, given the serious nature of the surgery, I researched the procedure and the best surgeon for me before commiting to it.The whole...
    Kevin Carnegie
    I was considering having laser eye surgery on my right eye. I consulted Valerie who diagnosed me with keratoconus. Valerie recommended inserting a Keraring in my eye instead of laser treatment. The...
    Ruth Rowland
    I’m very happy with my diagnosis and treatment. I elected for laser surgery in my right eye to improve short sightedness. Ms Saw diagnosed Blepharitis, a condition I had suffered with for some time...

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