Mr Sheraz Daya is a British ophthalmologist best known for founding the Centre for Sight in 1996 and for his work in the use of stem-cell research during sight recovery surgery.
In 1995 Mr Daya performed the first the LASIK laser vision correction procedure in the UK and became a well known trainer of the procedure. He 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.
• Power List 2018 “Ophthalmologist” – listed in the top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology
• The Good Doctors Guide 2018 by the DailyMail as one of the best cataract surgeons in the UK
• Listed in The Muslim 100 Parliamentary Review Power List honouring the most influential and powerful individuals and also nominated for Healthcare Excellence
• The Fyodorov Medal at the 32nd International Congress of the HSIOIRS in Athens, Greece 2018
• Whitney G Sampson lecture by American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in New Orleans 2017
• Silver Award 2010, Dept. of Health, UK for his contribution to the NHS and Ophthalmology in UK
Mr Daya qualified from the National University of Ireland in 1984. He studied abroad and began his professional practice in 1993 when he returned to the UK. In 1995 Mr Daya was one of the first ophthalmologists to perform LASIK eye surgery in the UK. Mr Daya has developed new techniques in corneal transplant surgery including the integration of stemcell treatment to trigger ocular surface restoration. His 2005 trial helped forty people to partially or fully regain their previously impaired vision including Deborah Catlyn who was blind in both eyes.
In 1999, Mr Daya first began using and developing the techniques for a procedure which could potentially be used in over 1000 patients in the UK. He has also worked in the fields of anterior segment and keratorefractive surgery.
Mr Daya has performed a number of successful surgeries which have appeared in the news including the restoration of Katie Piper's sight in her left eye following an acid attack. The incident and surgery were the topic of the television news special Katie: The Science of Seeing Again, which aired on Channel 4 on the 7th of February 2012.
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