Eye surgeon Bobby Qureshi showed "lack of empathy"
A surgeon who "puts financial interests before patients" was expelled.
Bobby Qureshi has cultivated a high profile in the media as an eye specialist and has highlighted EastEnders patients June Brown and Lady Annabel Goldsmith in advertisements.
But a court found its treatment of vulnerable older people dishonest and deliberately misleading.
Twenty-four patients gave evidence against him. Some spent their savings on a £ 24,000 treatment.
As medical director of the private London Eye Hospital, the surgeon offered an operation by implanting innovative lenses in people with age-related macular degeneration.
The most common cause of blindness, AMD is progressive and there is no cure. And most of Qureshi's patients were over 70 years old.
"The patients, many of whom were vulnerable, were also subjected to selling pressures by Qureshi's team, a practice he had allowed to use," the Court of Medical Practice Service found.
The risk was explained inappropriately and many of the patients felt that the operation worsened their vision – but their complaints were ruled out.
One woman complained to Mr. Qureshi that she was no longer able to read after surgery, but he disagreed, adding, "I'm a world famous ophthalmologist, are you trying to say you know more than me?"
She went out crying and has since been blindly registered.
The Medical Practitioners Court Service panel also heard as evidence a 2016 interview from BBC Radio 4's You and Yours show, in which concerns were presented to Qureshi by host Winifred Robinson.
Marie Bannister told BBC Radio 4's In Touch program, when her elderly father had the operation, the risks were not fully discussed.
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Bannister of Cornwall said: "If he had suffered a normal decline, he would have had his vision much longer.
"Like most people, we tend to focus on the benefits.
"I could kick myself now and I feel deep regret that we did that – and I'm sorry for my dad."
The panel heard that Qureshi was a qualified surgeon with no previous disciplinary results.
He noted that misconduct had occurred and the removal of Qureshi's name from the Medical Registry was "the only appropriate sanction to fulfill the general objective of protecting patients, maintaining public confidence in the medical profession and maintaining proper professional standards."
The London Eye Hospital is under different administration.
The Macular Society has received complaints about Dr. Qureshi and has put together the list of complainants who have proved the GMC.
Chief Executive Cathy Yelf said: "We welcome the decision to stop Qureshi practicing as a doctor. The GMC found that he repeatedly misled people about the benefits they would get from the lens implant and he charged many thousands of pounds knowing that might not restore their sight.
"It was deeply distressing and very shocking that a doctor could put the profit ahead of the safety of his patients."