All our specialists are currently practicing consultant ophthalmologists working at the James Paget University Hospital NHS Trust. All are highly experienced, have undergone revalidation by the General Medical Council, and are subject to rigorous audit and professional standards of continuing development and appraisal. All perform cataract surgery routinely, as well as teaching of medical students, trainee ophthalmologists and fellows.

Muhammad Raja

Muhammad Raja graduated from the prestigious King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan with honours. He completed his ophthalmology training in North-West and East Anglia UK deaneries and was appointed as an substantive Consultant Ophthalmologist at the James Paget University Hospital in 2014. He specialises in small incision cataract surgery and broad spectrum of retinal disease management with expertise in laser treatment and provision of intravitreal injection therapy.

Mr Raja has a particular interest in multi-modality and multi-dimensional use of modern commercial state-of-the-art ophthalmic imaging systems such as Spectral-domain OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) and ocular angiography. He is a co-investigator in many national/international clinical trials, published more than international 20 peer-reviewed papers and a reviewer for BMJ (British Medical Journal). He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (recipient of International Ophthalmology Education Award 2013) and European Society of Retinal Specialists.

Secretary:   01493 452234


Tom Butler

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Mr Tom Butler is a consultant ophthalmologist at James Paget University Hospital, specialising in refractive cataract surgery, cornea and ocular surface disease. He trained in Leeds and Nottingham, before gaining international sub-specialty training at the Sydney Eye Hospital, and the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, Australia, where he developed his skills in corneal surgery, corneal transplantation and complex cataract surgery.

Mr Butler is Clinical Lead for the Eye Department, and is a surgical skills trainer at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London. He has recently introduced a new virtual-reality training programme for trainee surgeons from across East Anglia. He has published widely in many international journals, and is a reviewer for Eye, the national journal of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. In addition, he is a member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.

Private Secretary

Karen Bilby: 01493 453049, 07716 015069



Ben Burton

Mr Burton graduated from Cambridge University in 1990 and went on to train in Ophthalmology at the world famous Moorfields Eye Hospital completing a retinal fellowship in 2005 and working there as a consultant before moving to Norfolk in 2007.
He has published 6 chapters, 31 papers and is actively involved in research studies for Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vein Occlusions.

He now runs the Macular Degeneration service at the James Paget University Hospital which was nominated for a national award for excellence in 2012. He has extensive experience using intravitreal Lucentis, Eyelea, Avastin and Ozurdex steroid implants.

He also has an interest in Uveitis and Neuro-ophthalmology having had fellowship training in both sub-specialities at St Thomas’ Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
He regularly performs Micro Incision Cataract Surgery. Has in 2017 been appointed a visiting Professor for the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

Private Secretaries:

Gina Leach and Caron Truelove: 01493 453054



Avinash Prabhu

Avi Prabhu has trained in East Anglia and midlands before being appointed as a Consultant in Ophthalmology at James Paget University Hospitals in 2013. He has an honorary fellowship in Glaucoma from Moorfields Eye Hospital. He specialises in medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma including micro-incision cataract surgery. He is the East Anglia Deanery regional advisor for CESR applicants. He is the lead for undergraduate education in Ophthalmology for University of East Anglia. He is actively involved in research at James Paget University Hospitals and has been principal investigator for multiple clinical trials.

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I am married to a General Practitioner working in Norfolk and we have two kids. I am a keen guitarist and enjoy scuba diving when I can.

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East Point Consulting Rooms

Secretary: 01493 452234


Craig Goldsmith


Craig Goldsmith (MACantab MB Bchir FRCOphth) graduated in medicine from Cambridge University and after some inspirational eye surgery experience while travelling in Africa he settled on ophthalmology as a career, following time in A&E and general medicine. He specialises in modern small-incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery (including more demanding cases where there is a higher risk of complications), vitreoretinal surgery, diabetic retinopathy and Avastin, Eyelea and Lucentis therapy for retinal vein occlusions, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, as well as intravitreal implants such as Ozurdex and Iluvien. He has one of the largest case series of Iluvien implants in the UK. Craig is also the Clinical Lead for the East Anglian Diabetic Eye Screening Service and a national peer-reviewer for Public Health England, and was clinical lead for the James Paget eye department until 2014. He has over 35 publications including peer-reviewed papers, articles, and presentations at international conferences.

Private Secretaries:

Gina Leach and Caron Truelove: 01493 453054


Daniel Pharoah

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Mr Daniel Pharoah (BSc MB BS FRCOphth) is a Consultant Ophthalmologic Surgeon specialising in paediatric ophthalmology and adult ocular motility disorders, in addition to small incision cataract surgery. Having graduated in medicine from University College London in 2005 he completed his ophthalmic specialist training in the East of England region.  After developing a passion for working with children, international subspecialty experience was gained during a fellowship at the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver.  He returned to his East Anglia roots in 2016 with his wife and two children to take up a consultant post at the James Paget and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals. In addition to leading the paediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility service at the James Paget, Mr Pharoah specialises in small incision cataract surgery and the management of paediatric and adult strabismus.  Patients with ocular motility disorders such as thyroid eye disease and cranial nerve palsies are managed with a variety of techniques including prism therapy, botox injections and surgery. “My aim is to ensure my patients are fully informed about their eye health, guiding them to make appropriate choices for their management, and to deliver excellent outcomes.”

If you would like to procure the services of Mr Pharoah, please contact his private secretary:- 07716 015069 01493 452420