Sheraz Daya

Sheraz M. Daya MD FACP FACS FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth

Medical Director, Centre for Sight

Director & Consultant, Corneo Plastic Unit & Eyebank, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead 1994-2011

Training

Medical School

Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, Graduated 1984 with Honors Degree

Internship & Residency

Internship: Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Residency: Internal Medicine (1985 to 1988), NY Downtown Hospital, New York, NY

Residency: Ophthalmology (1988 to 1991), Catholic Medical Centre (Cornell University), New York, NY

Fellowship: Cornea, Anterior Segment & Refractive Surgery University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA & Richard Lindstrom, Phillips Eye Centre, Minneapolis

Mr Daya's Story...

Sheraz Daya, Medical Director outlined in red on the cover of Eurotimes celebrating the 20th anniversary of LASIK

After completing his training in the United States, Mr Daya was Director of Cornea and External Disease at the Catholic Medical Centre and in practice on Madison Avenue, New York. In 1993 he was appointed Director and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon of the Corneo Plastic Unit and Eye Bank at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust, East Grinstead.

In 1995 Mr Daya performed the first the laser vision correction procedure LASIK in the UK and became a well known trainer of the procedure. Dissatisfied with the limitations of eye care provision in private hospitals, he felt compelled to establish a “Centre for Excellence” intended to provide patients with the world class personalised medical and surgical eye care as well as set the standards for laser eye surgery. Anticipating refractive surgery (surgery to correct shortsight, farsight and astigmatism) would become a popular procedure, it was important to him that the centre became a leading authority in any matter concerning the cornea and front of the eye. Mr Daya founded Centre for Sight in 1996 and under his leadership and expertise Centre for Sight has grown phenomenally now with 3 locations.

Centre for Sight has a phenomenal reputation for providing exemplary eye care with eye surgeons visiting internationally to observe or even to have procedures performed on themselves or their family by Mr. Daya. The Centre draws referrals from all over the world, including Peru, USA, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East and the patients include Royalty, Presidents and Prime ministers !

Mr. Daya has pioneered a number of techniques and has been involved in the area of Stem Cell Transplantation and tissue engineering. His techniques and outcomes have been reported in the international press and revealed on TV as the surgeon who restored the sight of Katie Piper, the celebrity who was the subject of a viscous acid attack. As a result of his expertise, Mr Daya is constantly invited to lecture at international meetings and lectures on a variety of topics including femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery, Cornea, Stem cell transplantation, LASIK and other Refractive surgery techniques. He has also developed instrumentation for LASIK and other corneal procedures that are in regular use worldwide.

Under Mr. Daya's leadership, Centre for Sight continues to lead the UK in advances in technology and eye care. Mr. Daya introduced femtosecond lasers to the UK in 1994 and this "blade-free" laser surgery is now the gold standard for LASIK. Mr. Daya has again introduced the Victus Femtosecond laser for cataract and Laser Lens Exchange. This procedure although expensive is safer and more accurate and is rapidly becoming the gold standard for cataract and lens replacement surgery.

Mr. Daya has also invented a series of innovative ophthalmic instruments for use in Corneal Transplantation, Collagen Cross Linking (CXL), Laser refractive Surgery and more recently femtosecond laser cataract surgery. He has devised a new technique called "Trans-lens Hydrodissection" which enables easy removal of the lens during femtosecond laser cataract and lens surgery. Bausch and Lomb introduced the "Daya Trans-lens Hydrodissection Cannula" at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2012. A video of the procedure can be seen by clicking here...

Valued for having a "crystal ball", Mr Daya is a consultant to several companies in the ophthalmic industry, Mr. Daya thus has access to technology before most others in the world and patients coming to Centre for Sight can be assurred they are at all times receiving world class diagnostics and treatment.

Professional Memberships, Societies, Committees and Editorial Obligations

Fellow - Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (elected 1997)

Fellow - American College of Surgeons

Fellow - American College of Physicians

Fellow - American Academy of Opthalmology

Fellow - International College of Surgeons

Board Member - The Cornea Society, USA (Nov 2003 to date)

Council Member - United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery (1995 to 2001)

Council Member - British Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (1999 to 2002)

Committee Member - Cornea Committee, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Committee Member - Refractive Surgery Sub-committee, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Committee Member - Cornea Sub-committtee, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Committee Member - Medical Advisory Board, Eye Bank Association of America

Committee Member - International Relations Committee, Eye Bank Association of America (1994 to 2001)

Committee Member - Ocular Tissue Advisory Group, United Kingdom Transplant

Committee Member - Ocular Tissue Standards and Audit Group, UK Transplant

Committee Member - Refractive Sub-committee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK

Member - Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Member - International Society of Refractive Keratoplast (ISRS)

Member - Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group

Member - Paton Society, USA

Member - Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Committee Member - Refractive Surgery Sub-committee, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Committee Member - Cornea Sub-committtee, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Committee Member - Medical Advisory Board, Eye Bank Association of America

Committee Member - International Relations Committee, Eye Bank Association of America (1994 to 2001)

Committee Member - Ocular Tissue Advisory Group, United Kingdom Transplant

Committee Member - Ocular Tissue Standards and Audit Group, UK Transplant

Committee Member - Refractive Sub-committee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK

Member - Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Member - International Society of Refractive Keratoplast (ISRS)

Member - Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group

Member - Paton Society, USA

Member - Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Member - British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS)

Member - The Cornea Society (previously Castroviejo Society), USA

Chief Medical Editor - Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today - Europe

Section Editor - Cataract and Refractive Surgery “CME in Opthalmology”

Section Editor - Refractive Eye News

Reviewer - EYE, Journal for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Reviewer - CORNEA, International Journal of the Castroviejo Society

Reviewer - British Journal of Ophthalmology

Reviewer - Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Reviewer - Ophthalmology

Reviewer - American Journal of Ophthalmology

Lectures and Visiting Professorships

  • Collaborating Professor, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Visiting Professor University of Oviedo, Spain 2013
  • Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2004
  • Tom Casey Lectureship (Inaugural), Dublin, Ireland, 2004
  • Choyce Medal Lecture, UKISCRS 2009
  • W. Bruce Jackson Lecture, Canadian Ophthalmogical Society, Montreal 2013

Awards

  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology 2009 For his contribution to Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • South East NHS Best of Health 2008 Award for Leadership for Improvement
  • Silver Award 2010, Dept. of Health, UK for his contribution to the NHS and Ophthalmology in UK
  • Bronze Award 2005, Dept of Health, UK for his contribution to the NHS and Ophthalmology in UK
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology 1999 For his contribution to Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Examiner

  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • University of Vallodolid, Spain

Included in Who's Who

  • In The World
  • Science of Technology
  • Finance and Industry

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