Dr Jan Venter

IMAB Member and Emeritus Medical Director

About Jan Venter

A world-leading ophthalmic surgeon who is renowned for his experience in corrective eye surgery procedures, Dr Venter has performed over 80,000 treatments during his career including LASIK, LASEK, cataract and intraocular lens surgery.

Dr Venter is Clinic Director of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board. Twice every year, he attends the IMAB Conferences where he sits on a panel along with some of the world’s most eminent Refractive Surgeons.

Born and educated in South Africa, he qualified from Pretoria University in 1973. In the following years he progressed to become Professor and Head of the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Stellenbosch.

Truly a pioneer in refractive surgery, 1993 saw Dr Venter introduce excimer laser and ambulatory cataract surgery into South Africa, making procedures available to the wider public there for the first time.

Dr Venter has published and presented over 100 academic papers and has made presentations about refractive surgery in seminars across the UK, South Africa and throughout the world.


Clinical experience

  • Over 80,000 eye surgeries

Patient results

  • 100% of patients achieve driving standard vision or better
  • Over 2 million surgeries have been carried out by our expert surgeons worldwide

Professional memberships

  • Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA)
  • Southern African Intra Ocular Lens and Refractive Surgery Society
  • International Refractive Surgery Club (IRSC)
  • American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)
  • UK and Ireland Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (UKISCRS)
  • British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Customer testimonials

What Dr Venter’s patients say about him

It’s absolutely life-changing, there’s no doubt about that

Chris Eubank

At Optical Express everybody made me feel very comfortable, from the brilliant surgeon to the nurses and assistants. They helped me reach the right decision about my treatment. I had my eye surgery and it was quick and easy with no pain. It gave me my life back. Go get yours!“

Brigitte Nielsen