Norfolk Opthamologists
Professor Ben Burton has studied at Cambridge University then trained and worked in London at Moorfields Eye Hospital and now works as a consultant in Norfolk. 
Ophthalmological Prizes and Awards    


Finalist for James Paget University Hospital Innovation Award          2014


Outstanding contribution to CLRN research                                       2014


Macular Disease Society

ARMD service shortlisted for Excellence Award                                 2012


West London Ophthalmology Research Medal.

Ocular findings in hypogammaglobulinaemias.                                  2004


O. R. L. Wilson Scholarship,

Royal College of Physicians (Eye Trauma in Malaysia)                       1993


Royal College of Ophthalmology Duke Elder
Undergraduate Prize Examination (Third Prize)                                   1992


Allen Goldsmith Prize in Ophthalmology                                              1992


Non Ophthalmological Prizes and Awards


Finalist in Department of the year category

Research and Development Dept

James Paget University Hospital Awards                                     2015


Lyell Prize and Medal in Surgery                                                        1993


Peter Flintan Prize in Clinical

Pharmacology and Anaesthesia                                                         1993


Jenner Liveing Prize in Dermatology                                                  1993


Allen Goldsmith Prize in Oncology                                                     1993


Slater elective bursary                                                                        1993


Rosenheim Fellowship                                                                        1993


British Medical and Dental Students Trust Grant                               1993


Sydney Long Surgery Prize                                                                1991


John Jepson Memorial Prize in Medicine                                           1991


David Bailey Prize and Trotter Medal in Clinical Science                   1991



Editorial boards

East European Journal of Neurology, Kiev, Ukraine Since 2015 -


I have reviewed articles for Eye, British Jounal of Ophthalmology, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, BMJ case reports and others.





Aids to Undergraduate Medicine, Burton JL and Burton BJL, 6th edition, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.1997.


I am a contributor to Clinical Ophthalmology. A systematic approach. J Kanski 6th edition 2007. (Particularly the Neuro-ophthalmology chapter)



Burton BJL “PASSit” online MRCP part 1 questions (ophthalmology). Oxford University Press 2011.


Burton BJL. The Eye in Rheumatology Chapter. Oxford Desk Reference: Rheumatology. Oxford University Press. Ed T Marshall. 2009.


Burton BJL, Acheson J, Plant G.. Neuro-ophthalmology chapter. The Moorfields Handbook. Ed Tim Jackson. Elsevier 2008.


Burton BJL, Mehta JS. Ophthalmology chapter. Integrated Textbook of Medicine and Surgery. Ed E. Lim. 2007


Burton BJL, Shah P. Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. In Key Topics in Ophthalmology, RH Taylor, P Shah, PI Murray, 2nd edition, BIOS Scientific Publishers Limited, 2002.


Burton BJL, Hobart J & Thompson AJ. Neurology. Multimedia Postgraduate Medicine - Revision and Self Assessment for the MRCP Part 1. Edited by Rai G and Kelsey M. Harwod Academic Press 1998. This is a neurology chapter in an MCQ self-test compact disc with extended fully illustrated answers developed by doctors at the Whittington Hospital.


Burton BJL. Statistics. In: Aids to Postgraduate Medicine, Burton JL & Healey CJ, 6th edition, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh, 1994

Published papers

AL-Janabi A, Han MT, Busby D, et al Rapid resolution of choroidal metastatic tumour secondary to lung cancer following treatment with alectinib BMJ Case Reports CP 2021;14:e238573. 

Yang Y, Qidwai U, Burton BJL, Canepa C. Bilateral, vertical supranuclear gaze palsy following unilateral midbrain infarct. BMJ Case Reports Nov 2020, 13 (11) e238422; DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2020-238422

Brodie J, Zhou S, Makkuni D, Beadsmoore C, Mukhtyar C, Saada J, Bowles KM, Beigi B, Burton BJL. Erdheim-Chester Disease: Two cases from an ophthalmic perspective, American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, Volume 20, 2020, 100984, ISSN 2451-9936,

E Ward, RA Wickens, A O’Connell, LA Culliford, CA Rogers, EA Gidman,T Peto, PC Knox, BJL Burton, AJ Lotery, S Sivaprasad, M Donnelly, C Treanor, R Hogg & BC Reeves. Monitoring for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reactivation at home: the MONARCH study. Eye 2020. DOI


Hykin P, Prevost AT, Vasconcelos JC, Murphy C, Kelly J, Ramu J, Hounsome B, Yang Y, Harding SP, Lotery A, Chakravarthy U, Sivaprasad S; LEAVO Study Group. Clinical Effectiveness of Intravitreal Therapy With Ranibizumab vs Aflibercept vs Bevacizumab for Macular Edema Secondary to Central Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019 Aug 29. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.3305. 

Ghadiri, N, Yang, Y, Burton, BJL. Cancer-associated retinopathy in ampullary pancreatic cancer. BMJ case reports 2019.

Gale RP, Pearce I, Eter N, et al Anatomical and functional outcomes following switching from aflibercept to ranibizumab in neovascular age-related macular degeneration in Europe: SAFARI study British Journal of Ophthalmology Published Online First: 05 August 2019. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2019-314251

Ghadiri NJ, Stanojcic N, Raja M, Burton BJ. 

A triad of retinal signs in Alport syndrome: The 'stair-case' fovea, choroidal thinning and peripheral schisis. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2019.Apr 7:1120672119841002. doi: 10.1177/1120672119841002.

Chakravarthy U, Pearce I, Banerjee S, et al. Patient-reported outcome in the RELIGHT clinical trial of ranibizumab in diabetic macular oedema. BMJ Open Ophthalmology 2019;4:e000226. doi:10.1136/ bmjophth-2018-000226  

Stanescu-Segall D, Burton B, Rahman M, Raja M. Multimodality imaging of multifocal ocular bartonellosis with an optic nerve head mass. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 2018. 

Stanescu-Segall D, Yap C, Burton BJL. Acute Macular Neuroretinopathy following Oral Intake of Adrenergic Flu Treatments. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2018 May-Aug; 9(2): 322–326.

Sivaprasad S, Prevost A, Vasconcelos J, Riddell A, Murphy C, Kelly J, Bainbridge J, Tudor-Edwards R, Hopkins D, Hykin P; CLARITY Study Group. Clinical efficacy of intravitreal aflibercept versus panretinal photocoagulation for best corrected visual acuity in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy at 52 weeks (CLARITY): a multicentre, single-blinded, randomised, controlled, phase 2b, non-inferiority trial. Lancet. 2017;389(10085):2193-2203. 

Canepa-Raggio C, Burton B, Muhith A. Subclavian Steal Syndrome. East European Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. 2017:3(1);20-23.

Canepa C, Burton B, Muhith A. An elusive ciliopathy: Joubert syndrome. BMJ Case Rep. 2017. 

Burton BJL. Medically Unexplained Visual Loss. The East European Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders 2016;2:21-27.

Kidd DP, Burton BJ, Graham EM, Plant GT.Optic neuropathy associated with systemic sarcoidosis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2016;2:3(5).


Gohil R, Crosby-Nwaobi R, Forbes A, Burton BJ, Hykin P, Sivaprasad S. Treatment satisfaction of patients undergoing ranibizumab therapy for neova.scular age-related macular degeneration in a real-life setting. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016 May 26;10:949-55.

 Raja MS, Saldana M, Goldsmith C and Burton BJL. Ranibizumab for neovascular AMD in eyes with good baseline visual acuity.Re: UK AMD EMR U SERS GROUP REPORT V: benefits of initiating ranibizumab therapy for neovascular AMD in eyes with vision better than 6/12. Lee, et al. bjophthalmol-2014-306229doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2014-306229

 Pearce I, Banerjee S, Burton BJL, Chakravarthy U, Downey L, Gale R, Gibson J, Pagliarini S,Patel J, Sivaprasad S, Andrews C, Brittain C, Warburton J on behalf of the RELIGHT Study Group. Ranibizumab 0.5 mg for diabetic macular edema with bimonthly monitoring after a phase of initial treatment: results of the 18 month multicenter phase IIIB RELIGHT study. Ophthalmology 2015;122(9):1811-9.

 Gohil R, Crosby-Nwaobi R, Forbes A, Burton B, Hykin P, Sivaprasad S. Caregiver Burden in Patients Receiving Ranibizumab Therapy for Neovascular Age Related Macular Degeneration. PLoS One. 2015.

Khatib T, Hughes PW Burton BJL. Unilateral choroidal granulomas complicated by choroidal neovascular membrane treated successfully with intravitreal triamcinolone in a patient with sarcoidosis. BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Aug 28;2014.


Stanojcic N, Raja M, Burton BJL. Choroidal Thinning and “Stair-Case” Foveal Sign in A Patient With Alport Syndrome. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 2014;8(1):52–5.


The Incidence of Blindness Due to Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in the UK. Best J, Silvestri G, Burton B, Foot B, Acheson J. Open Ophthalmol J. 2013 Jun 28;7:26-9.


Raja MS, Goldsmith C, Burton BJ. Outer retinal tubulations in maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD)-associated macular dystrophy. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;251(9):2265-7.


Raja MS, Goldsmith C, Burton BJ. Management of small choroidal melanocytic tumour. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013 Feb;97(2):241.


Boukouvala S, Giakoup-Oglou I, Puvanachandra N, Burton BJ. Sequential right then left acute dacryoadenitis in Crohn's disease. BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Oct 9;2012.


Raja M, Goldsmith C, Burton BJL. Spontaneous resolution of full-thickness macular hole in retinitis pigmentosa. BMJ Case Reports 2011.


M S A Raja, M Saldana, C Goldsmith, B J L Burton: Ranibizumab treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in patients with good baseline visual acuity (better than 6/12): 12-month outcomes Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Nov;94(11):1543-5.


Nga ELM, Sadullah S., Gomez CA, BJL Burton. CMV retinitis post Rituximab therapy: a case report , European Journal of Cancer (Suppl.) 8,No.4 (2010) , 20 (36).


Raja MS, Goldsmith C, Burton BJ. Intraocular inflammation with intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin). Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr;94(4):525.


Ohn MT, Gupta D, Burton BJ. Amitriptyline for pain control in scleritis may help to avoid excessive steroid use in selected cases: a case report. Cases J. 2009 13;2:8148.


 Raja MS, Marshall T, Burton BJ. Acute central retinal artery occlusion presenting as CREST syndrome: a case report. Cases J. 2009 5;2:9.


Gupta D, Burton B, Goldsmith C, Ohn M, Raja M. Iatrogenic retinal detachment due to cannula slippage despite use of luer-lock syringe system. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008;34:1612.


Zachariah S, Sharfi O, Burton BJL, Nussey SS, Bano G. Diabetic papillopathy diagnosed on retinal screening in an asymptomatic patient.  The British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease 2007;7:140-141 .


Zaidi FH, Corbett MC, Burton BJL, Bloom PA. Raising the benchmark for the 21st century--the 1000 cataract operations audit and survey: outcomes, consultant-supervised training and sourcing NHS choice. Br J Ophthalmol. 2007;91:731-6.


Burton BJL, Breen RAM, Janossy G, Acheson JF, Lipman MCI. Use of pulmonary interferon-gamma responses to mycobacterial antigen to distinguish sarcoid-associated optic neuropathy from tuberculosis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2006;90:802-3.


Burton BJ, Cunningham ET Jr, Cree IA, Pavesio CE. Eye involvement mimicking scleritis in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Br J Ophthalmol. 2005;89:775-6.


Fernando AI, Burton BJL, Smith G, Corbett MC. Autologous serum drop-dependent re-epithelialisation following penetrating keratoplasty in chronic graft vs host disease. Eye. 2005  l;19:823-5.


Burton BJ, Holder GE, Duguid G, Gregory-Evans K. Optical coherence tomography findings in benign concentric annular dystrophy. Eye. 2005;19:699-701.


Burton BJL, Dawson E, Lee J. Adherence syndrome following inferior oblique surgery: management and outcome of 14 cases. Strabismus.  2004;12(3):169-174.


Khan SR, Burton BJL, Beaconsfield M, Rose GE. The varix of angular vein. Eye 2004;18:645-7.


 Islam N, Mireskandari K, Burton BJL, Rose GE. Orbital varices, cranial defects, and encephaloceles; An unrecognized association. Ophthalmology.  2004;111:1244-7.


Burton BJL, Fernando AI, Odufuwa TO, Vogt U. Contact lens clinic audit. Contact Lens Prescribing in a Specialist Medical Contact Lens Clinic Based in an NHS Hospital: An Audit of Changing Practice. Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice. 2004;30:87-89.


Burton BJL, Islam N, Plant GT, Rose GE. Double jeopardy; brain abscess and subdural empyema presenting with painful enlargement of orbital varices in a patient with known encephalocele. Eye. 2004;18:79-81.


Burton BJ, Khan SR, Lee JP. Chronic eye movement induced pain and a possible role for its treatment with botulinum toxin. Br J Ophthalmol. 2003;87:1194-5.


Kidd D, Burton BJL, Plant GT, Graham EM. Chronic relapsing inflammatory optic neuropathy (CRION). Brain 2003;126:276-84.


Burton BJL, Joseph J. Changing visual standards in driving - but a high proportion of eye patients still drive illegally. Br J Ophthalmol. 2002;86(12):1454-5.


Burton BJL, Assi A, Pavesio C. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome presenting as a severe systemic illness. Eye 2001 Apr;15(Pt 2):228-9.


Burton BJL, Burdon M, Holton JL, Thom M, Plant GT. Fibrous dysplasia of the sphenoid associated with visual loss and optic disc oedema. Neuro-ophthalmology 1999;21:241-248.


Burton BJL, Hamilton AMP. Inferior oblique myectomy using monopolar cutting diathermy resulting in bilateral retinal scarring. Br J Ophthalmol 1999;83:374-375.


Burton BJL, Adams GGW. Persistent pupillary membranes. Br J Ophthalmol 1998;82:711-712.


Burton BJL, Leff A, Plant GT. Steroid-responsive HIV optic neuropathy. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology 1998;18:25-29.


Burton BJL, Kumar VGR, Bradford R. Granular cell tumour of the spinal cord in a patient with Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome. British Journal of Neurosurgery 1997;11(3):257-259.


Foo M, Burton BJL, Ahmed R. Phaeochromocytoma. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 1995, Vol 54, No 7, 318-321.


Burton BJL, Kallis P, Bishop C, Swanton RH, Pattison CW. Aortic root replacement and extra-anatomic bypass for interrupted aortic arch in an adult. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 1995;60:1400-2.


Burton BJL. Prevention of skin cancer. West of England Medical Journal, 1994, 108/9, 44-46.


Burton BJL. Tuberculosis, the next plague. West of England Medical Journal, 1992, 107 (ii), 37-38.