I was appointed as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the university hospital of Plymouth NHS Trust in 2006. As an ophthalmic surgeon, I specialise in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina and comprehensive ophthalmology. I am the lead clinician for research and the diabetic and vascular retina service at the Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth.
I graduated from MGM medical college Indore, in India. I did a 3-year residency in Ophthalmology involving research leading to the award of master’s degree in Ophthalmology (M.S.Ophthalmology). I am also certified as Diplomate of the National Board by the National Board of examinations in Ophthalmology in India. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. I have undertaken extensive ophthalmic training in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and USA. I completed higher surgical training in Southwest England (Peninsula deanery). Before my appointment to the post of consultant, I undertook an advanced two-year fellowship programme specialising in medical and surgical disorders of retina in Detroit (Michigan) USA.
Teaching, Training, Research and Academic Interest
I teach undergraduate medical students at the peninsula medical school. I am actively involved in postgraduate education and training, and serve as the Regional educational advisor for the Royal college of ophthalmologist. I organise regional meetings and symposia and also serve as a guest speaker at local and international meetings. I have been the lead instructor for the ophthalmic section of the MRCP Paces course in Derriford hospital for the past decade. This course has received outstanding feedback consistently over the years. I participate as a panel member for the national selection of trainees, and also serve as an examiner for the Royal College of surgeons and physicians of Glasgow. In July 2019, I was selected to become the 1st holder of the post of a chief examiner in ophthalmology.
I am the lead clinician for research in my current post at the Royal Eye Infirmary. I serve as a principal investigator for a number of collaborative trials and locally initiated clinical studies.List of few of my publications:
- Raman SV, Desai UR, Anderson S, Samuel MA. Visual prognosis in patients with traumatic choroidal rupture. Can J Ophthalmol. 2004;39(3):260‐266. doi:10.1016/s0008-4182(04)80123-6
- Raman SV, Smith M, Simcock PR. Use of the operating microscope for scleral buckling. Eye (Lond). 2007;21(1):103‐104. doi:10.1038/sj.eye.6702405
- Raman SV, Barry JS, Murjaneh S, et al. Comparison of 4% articaine and 0.5% levobupivacaine/2% lidocaine mixture for sub-Tenon’s anaesthesia in phacoemulsification cataract surgery: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008;92(4):496‐499. doi:10.1136/bjo.2007.115576
- Vasant Raman (2018) A cost analysis comparing continued 3-year aflibercept monotherapy versus a switch from aflibercept to the fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant in phakic patients with chronic diabetic macular edema, Expert Review of Ophthalmology, 13:5, 299-307, DOI: 10.1080/17469899.2018.1523720
I do comprehensive ophthalmology and specialise in retinal disorders. I perform complex cataract surgery, including lens exchange. My sub-speciality interest includes operations to treat macular hole, Epiretinal membrane, retinal detachment and complicated diabetic membrane stripping. I was the first clinician to introduce the small 25 Gauge sutureless vitrectomy surgery in the peninsula in 2013. My medical retina practise involves treating patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular disease with a combination of Anti vegf drugs and laser.
I offer service of the highest quality to my patients, using the state-of-the-art technology. I listen to my patients and try to explore the understanding of their eye condition, their visual needs and expectations. I encourage them to participate in their eye care and involve them at every stage in the management for a successful outcome. I am assisted by a highly dedicated and professionally skilled and a caring team in the delivery of health care.