Sheraz Daya, MD, FACP, FACS, FRCS (Ed), FRCOphth, Medical Director of Centre for Sight, was privileged to deliver the prestigious Whitney G. Sampson lecture at the Annual Conference of American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans. Dr. Daya spoke about the boundaries of corneal surgery and elaborated on how alternative techniques could be used to deal with corneal problems.
Following the Whitney G. Sampson Lecture, Dr. Daya was presented with the prestigious Whitney G. Sampson Lecture Award by Dr. Deepinder Dhaliwal, President of CLAO (The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists).
The presentation covered innovative techniques involving challenging surgery, the intent of which was to provide patients with better long term outcomes and survival of vision. The title of the lecture named “Corneal Crescents, Wedges and Patches” piqued the interest of attendees who were treated to a series of videos and unusual techniques, many of which were developed by Dr. Daya to treat extremely difficult and challenging corneal problems. Several have been published by Dr. Daya in ophthalmic literature and in use by corneal surgeons internationally.
The Whitney G Sampson lecture, one of 9 eponymous lectures at the annual conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, was sponsored by the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO). The origin of the lecture is from Dr. Whitney G. Sampson, who was honored a lectureship in his name in 1988 for his outstanding contributions to ophthalmology.
Dr. Daya is the Medical Director of Centre for Sight in the UK and is a key opinion leader for the ophthalmic industry, highly regarded nationally and internationally.
In 1995, Dr. Daya performed the first LASIK laser vision correction procedure in the UK and became a well-known trainer of the procedure. Dissatised with the limitations ofeye care provision in private hospitals, he felt compelled to establish a “Centre for Excellence” intended to provide patients world class personalized medical and surgical eye care, as well as to set the standards for laser eye surgery.
Anticipating refractive surgery 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. Dr. Daya founded Centre for Sight in 1996 and under his leadership and expertise, Centre for Sight has grown to 3 locations.
Under Dr. Daya’s leadership, Centre for Sight has an outstanding reputation and continues to lead the UK in advances in technology and eye care. Dr. Daya has pioneered a number of techniques and has been involved in the area of Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation and tissue engineering with outcomes being reported in the international press and peer-reviewed literature. Most noticeably, he has been revealed in a TV documentary “The Science of Seeing Again” as the surgeon who restored the sight of Katie Piper, the celebrity whose vision was damaged in an acid attack.
Dr. Daya is a member of many professional committees and societies. His reputation as a trailblazer in the field of ophthalmic surgery means Mr Sheraz Daya is often askedto lecture at international meetings on a variety of topics including femtosecond laser cataract surgery, cornea and sttem cell transplantation.