About James Ball 2018-07-06T15:02:30+00:00

About James Ball
YORKSHIRE’S EXPERT EYE SURGEON

Why should I choose James Ball and Custom Vision Clinic?

Training

Mr James Ball graduated with his medical degree from Cambridge University in 1995 and was awarded the Fawcett Prize. After completing his ophthalmology training in Brighton, Oxford and Yorkshire, he moved to Australia to undertake specialist training in laser eye surgery at the prestigious Lions Eye Institute, WA. There, he worked on the development of new techniques in refractive surgery. On his return to the UK, Mr James Ball completed a second fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Consultant Expertise

After his training, he was appointed as a consultant in Leeds, where he worked for one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. In 2014 Mr James Ball was appointed as an honorary consultant at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) to support the development of their refractive, cataract and corneal service.

In 2016 Mr James Ball was asked to assist in the development of a laser refractive surgery service in Harley Street.

Private Practice Expertise

Now, after providing ten years of full NHS corneal and refractive surgery services, Mr James Ball moved predominantly into private practice and began working on Custom Vision Clinic. This clinic is the distillation of 20 years of ophthalmology experience and expertise.

Why did James Ball become an eye surgeon?

Professional accreditations and memberships

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Mr James Ball | MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS
Mr James Ball | MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRSConsultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, The Yorkshire Eye Hospital, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.

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My eyesight following the operation is brilliant and better than I thought possible, and this is all down to your excellent surgeon Mr James Ball and not to forget all the very dedicated people around him who make these operations possible.

Keith Garlick

Two of the best decisions I ever made in my life were firstly to have lens exchange and secondly to have Mr James Ball carry out my operation.

Patricia Walton

Within minutes I could tell there was a difference. But now, only a couple of months later, my sight is better than it was seven years ago! I can even read the really tiny print on the car sales ads! If you want that confidence you probably felt when you were younger, this is the ideal solution.  Thanks to the treatment, I feel rejuvenated, independent and much younger!

John Hazelgrave

My work was becoming almost impossible. I had refractive lens exchange to both eyes with multifocal lens implants last July. I can now see better than 20/20 for distance and can read the tiniest print in newspapers – all without glasses! I have started reading for pleasure again, and I feel that my performance both at work and on the golf course has improved.

John

Laser eye surgery has changed my life. Now, having had laser, I wake up in the morning and I can see and it’s unbelievable.

Claire Varley

Laser eye surgery has greatly improved my quality of life. I’ve been able to discard my glasses after thirty years!

Arthur Brown

If you are thinking of having Laser Eye Surgery, try these guys – they really are the best in their field.

Mr CE Poulter

I felt I was treated as an individual and all my questions were answered. From my experiences – I can highly recommend Mr Ball.

Janet Howden

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful! I am so grateful to you and your team. Thank you very much indeed.

Dorothy S.

Thank you for your skilled interventions which have given me my sight back.

Doreen G.

To me it appears a miracle that I can see so well. I feel very grateful. It is impossible to fully express my thanks.

Grace C.

Thank you very much for the treatment you gave me –  I can see so well now, and reading has once again become a real pleasure.

Charles S.

It was intimated to me that you were the best, and from the results I am now enjoying, I am convinced that this is correct.

Jean D.

You are truly innovative. Thank you very much for curing the problems I have been having with my reading and near vision.

Sala M.

I had LASIK on both eyes at Custom Vision Clinics, and can now see better than 20/20, without my glasses or contact lenses. More importantly, I now feel that I can get more out of my busy life.

Karen

At the consultation, Mr Ball found that I had early cataracts. Following cataract surgery at Custom Vision Clinics, I am almost completely independent from glasses.

Anne

Key facts about James Ball

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Custom Vision Clinic does not offer a one-size-fits-all treatment. Instead, we select the most appropriate technique to fix your visual problem.

  • Certified by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to perform laser eye surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the Royal College Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group
  • Council Member of the British Society of Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the UK Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds
  • Reviewer for the journals JCRS, BJO and Eye

I am a consultant at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds (Jimmy’s). Although we can undertake the most comprehensive assessments at Custom Vision Clinic at Bowcliffe Hall, I also have clinics at the following locations:

  • St James’s Laser Vision, Leeds
  • Nuffield Hospital, Leeds

I have published and presented on the subjects as follows:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Corneal diseases

I am currently leading research for treatment modalities for keratoconus and genetics of corneal dystrophies.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going golfing or skiing, or playing the cello.

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Results at a glance

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My eyesight following the operation is brilliant and better than I thought possible, and this is all down to your excellent surgeon Mr James Ball and not to forget all the very dedicated people around him who make these operations possible.
Keith Garlick
Two of the best decisions I ever made in my life were firstly to have lens exchange and secondly to have Mr James Ball carry out my operation.
Patricia Walton
Within minutes I could tell there was a difference. But now, only a couple of months later, my sight is better than it was seven years ago! I can even read the really tiny print on the car sales ads! If you want that confidence you probably felt when you were younger, this is the ideal solution.  Thanks to the treatment, I feel rejuvenated, independent and much younger!
John Hazelgrave
Many thanks for all your care and kindness. To me it appears a miracle that I can see so well. I feel very grateful. It is impossible to fully express my thanks.
Grace C.
May I offer grateful thanks for your expertise in operating on my eyes. It was intimated to me that you were the best, and from the results I am now enjoying, I am convinced that this is correct.
Jean D.
You are truly innovative. Thank you very much for curing the problems I have been having with my reading and near vision.
Sala M.
My work was becoming almost impossible. I had refractive lens exchange to both eyes with multifocal lens implants last July. I can now see better than 20/20 for distance and can read the tiniest print in newspapers - all without glasses! I have started reading for pleasure again, and I feel that my performance both at work and on the golf course has improved.
John