‘Eye should be so lucky’ – ophthalmic surgeons open clinic on former site of Kylie’s record label

Left to right: Mr Romesh Angunawela, OCL Vision founding partner; Mr Chien Wong, director and retina lead; Ms Susan Sarangapani, consultant ophthalmic surgeon; Mr Ali Mearza, director and founding partner; Mr Allon Barsam, founding partner; Mr Shahram Koshani, consultant ophthalmic surgeon

Independent eye surgery provider OCL Vision is expanding its London operations with the opening of a new £2m clinic on Kensington High Street.

The clinic is set in the former London headquarters of Universal Music Group, record label to music superstars such as Kylie Minogue, Rihanna and Adele. 

It will enable the company’s team of consultant surgeons, nurses and optometrists to treat up to 100 patients a day, matching the capacity of its flagship clinic on New Cavendish Street.

The clinic has ​​two operating theatres, a dedicated laser surgery unit and seven consulting and diagnostic rooms.

Expansion into Kensington comes as OCL Vision, which opened its first clinic in 2018, sees demand for private eye care soar as the NHS wrestles with backlogs in ophthalmic operations such as cataract surgery.

Consultants Mr Ali Mearza, Mr Romesh Angunawela and Mr Mukhtar Bizrah will see laser patients and carry out cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and implantable contact lens surgery (ICL). Ms Sally Ameen will lead on glaucoma treatment, and vitreoretinal specialist Mr Chien Wong will treat retinal detachment and diabetic retinal disease.

The clinic will also house three dedicated optometrists and three technicians.

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OCL Vision chief executive Paresh Patel said: ‘This opening represents our largest single investment in the company to date and is key to our growth strategy in the capital and beyond. 

‘Our new Kensington clinic is equipped with some of the most sophisticated ophthalmic technology in the world and will be a vital addition to our successful facilities in Marylebone and Hertfordshire. 

‘The strong growth that we have achieved since opening our doors four years ago is a testament to the vision, expertise and dedication of our team of over 13 consultant surgeons, as well as our commitment to providing wrap-around, personalised and patient-centred care. 

‘We’ll be able to see up to an additional 100 patients a day at our Kensington clinic, doubling our capacity in central London and giving even more patients access to world-class treatment on their doorstep.’