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 100,000 treatments during his career including LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, intraocular contact lens surgery and refractive lens exchange surgery.

Dr Venter is the UK Emeritus Medical Director and a member of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board. On an annual basis, 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. he has the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Certificate in Refractive Surgery.

Dr Venter carries out lens replacement surgery in the London White City, Southampton, Birmingham and Bristol Optical Express clinics.

Procedure Types

  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Implantable Collamer Lens
  • YAG

Clinical experience

  • Over 100,000 eye surgeries
  • Over 26,000 laser eye surgeries
  • Over 67,200 lens eye surgeries
  • Over 7,000 other eye surgeries

Patient results

  • 99.5% of Dr Venter’s patients achieve UK driving standard vision or better.¹
  • 96.2% of Dr Venter’s patients can read newspaper print or smaller.²
  • 98.1% of Dr Venter’s patients are satisfied with the care provided.³

Professional memberships

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

Customer Testimonials

What Dr Venter’s patients say about him

"He absolutely put me at ease, and he kind of managed my expectations as well. He talked me through everything and I think that was really important to hear that from the surgeon in person." 

Shobna Gulati - Lens Replacement Surgery

"What a gentle, kind soul that man is, and he was amazing the way he spoke to me, the way he described things. I felt as if I was part of the process, but I was so happy that everything was in his hands."

Jo Ruxton - Lens Replacement Surgery

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

Chris Eubank- Lens Replacement Surgery

"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 - Lens Replacement Surgery