The Surgeon

Working at the very top of her profession both in the NHS and privately, Valerie Saw has been a longstanding Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Moorfields Private Hospital (2010 – 2015), the world renowned centre for clinical excellence, staffed exclusively by specialists with international recognition of their expertise.

Specialising in dry eye, laser eye surgery vision correction, cataract surgery and corneal transplant surgery for over 10 years, she has performed hundreds of corneal transplants, and thousands of refractive surgery and cataract procedures.

She is the only female listed in “Top Laser Eye Surgeons in the UK” (according to Clinic Compare UK).

Recognised by her peers for her expertise and experience, she is Treasurer of the British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS) and an Examiner and Committee Member for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Certification in Laser Refractive Surgery.


Not only an outstanding surgeon, Valerie Saw is also an unsurpassed world expert on managing medical conditions of the front of the eye like blepharitis, dry eye and contact lens problems. This means that she is able to is able to optimise the condition of your eyes for an excellent result in laser surgery, cataract and implant surgery. Many patients undergo laser eye surgery vision correction without having a careful assessment of their suitability in terms of their ocular surface and dry eye.

Whilst some patients may be found unsuitable for LASIK because of a high risk of post-LASIK dry eye, other patients can improve likelihood of an excellent outcome of surgery with careful preparation and correction of their dry eye problem, prior to the procedure. It is easy to overlook subtle signs of ocular surface disease unless you are an expert in dry eye.

Ms Saw’s unique expertise lies in the combination of her unparalleled experience in dry eye and ocular surface disease, her superb surgical skills, use of state-of-the art eye treatment technologies delivering the highest standards of eye care at world leading Harley St location facilities, and a demonstrated track record of excellence.

Valerie did her medical training at the University of Sydney, where she received the University Medal for coming first place on the Honours list. She has been trained at the highest level in complex corneal and cataract surgery, having spent over 4 years in advanced specialisation at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Due to her experience she is able to offer a choice of treatments and customise these to the patient’s individual situation.

Since 2011 Ms Saw has been a Council Member of the British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS), and she is currently the Treasurer of the BSRS. She is also a member of the American, European and UK and Ireland Societies of Refractive Surgery (ASCRS, ESCRS, UKISCRS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA) and the UK Bowman Corneal Club. She is a member of International Sjogren’s Syndrome Registry Review Panel (SICCA) and medical advisor for the Dry Eyes Medical website.

🏆 Awards and Professional Achievements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University College London

Royal College of Ophthalmologists Certification in Laser Refractive Surgery

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

Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Medal

Oxford Ophthalmological Congress Founder’s Cup (2007)

Action Medical Research Fellowship (2005 – 2009)

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)

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)


🤔 Why Choose Us?

Continuity of care is paramount in Ms Saw’s practice. At your first visit, Valerie will meet you and carefully assess your eyes with a series of scans and examinations, then she will give you her opinion regarding the most suitable vision correction options, and plan the treatment in partnership with you, the patient.

If there are any medical conditions of the front of the eye or elsewhere which require correcting or optimizing in preparation for the surgery, Valerie will explain how to treat these prior to surgery. Valerie will carry out the surgery, and follow you up at  recommended intervals after the surgery. Her private patients are always able to contact her whenever this is needed.

Don't take our word for it

Reviews from happy patients

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...
Kenneth Fish
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...
Christ Stott
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...
Julie Brownson
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...
Carole Jones
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...
Heather Pearce
Absolutely delighted with result and service, couldn't be happier!
Bola Awoyinka
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...
Katie Price
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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