Ben Burton MA MRCP FRCOphth

Cataract Surgeon, 



Published Medical Author

Professor Ben Burton is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with particular expertise in cataract surgery, age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology.

He studied at Cambridge University then trained in Ophthalmology at the world famous Moorfields Eye Hospital before moving to James Paget University Hospital  in 2007. Since arriving he has had a huge impact on their eye service. He set up the Age Related Macular Degeneration service in 2008 and became Clinical Lead for the department in 2009. The department is now probably the best equipped eye unit in East Anglia and provides superb training for junior doctors having the only cataract surgery training simulator in the East of the region.

He became Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia in 2020 and trains both medical students from Norwich Medical School and trainee ophthalmologists who will become the eye surgeons of the future. 

He has had an active role within the hospital having been elected Medical Staff Committee chairman in 2014 and is a member of the Hospital Management Board.

Professor Burton has pioneered research in the eye department, and it is now the most research active department in the hospital. He was appointed Clinical Director of Research and Development at JPUH in 2015.

He was elected as Regional Representative to Council for the East Anglia Region in 2017 (Royal College of Ophthalmologists) and is a member of the RCOphth Scientific committee and has advised NICE about new treatments.

As an active contributor to research journals and books, he has published more than 70 papers and has gained 14 prizes and awards. He is a keen teacher and has been invited to give lectures in places as far flung as the Ukraine and Malaysia.

He is a co-founder of the East Point Consulting rooms (, a private clinic located in the James Paget University Hospital allowing his private patients to benefit from the outstanding quality of retinal imaging equipment available at the hospital.

He is married, with four children and two labradors and lives in Norwich.

Memberships and Affiliations


Royal College of Ophthalmologists

American Academy of Ophthalmology

UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

British Medical Association

North American Neuro-ophthalmology society

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Ben Burton MA (Cantab) MRCP FRCOphth