Sheraz Daya

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Sheraz Daya is a British ophthalmologist best known for his founding of the Centre for Sight in 1996 and his work in the use of stem-cell research during sight recovery surgery.


Daya began his professional practice in 1993, when he returned to the UK from his studies abroad. In 1995 Daya was one of the first ophthalmologists to perform LASIK eye surgery in the UK.[1] Daya has served as the Medical Director and Consultant in the Corneoplastic Unit and Eye Bank at the Queen Victoria Hospital[2] as well as the founder and director of the Centre for Sight,[3][4] which opened in 1996.[1] He has also worked in the fields of anterior segment and keratorefractive surgery.[2]

In 2009 Daya delivered the Choyce Medal lecture to the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.[2] Daya has also been interviewed regarding other trends in ophthalmology[5] laser eye surgery,[6] and methods of sight restoration.[7][8] Daya's use of the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery in the NHS was recently featured on Sky News[9]


Daya has served as co-Medical Editor of the journal Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe.[2] He has also been published several times in the journal Ophthalmology,[10][11][12][13] as well as in the journals Cornea,[14][15][16] the British Journal of Ophthalmology,[17][18] and the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.[19][20] He has also been published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus[21] and Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2008: Leadership for Improvement award from the National Health Service's South East Coast Best of Health and Health and Social Care Awards[23][24]
  • 2009: Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology[25]
  • 2009: The Choyce Medal from the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (awarded every two years)[2][26]
  • 2013: The W. Bruce Jackson Lecture at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Montreal[27]
  • 2014: nominated for the Services to Medicine award at the British Muslim Awards.[28]


  1. ^ a b "Education Education Education". Optometry Today. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "CRST Europe Chief Medical Editor Awarded 2009 Choyce Medal". Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe. 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Emma White. "Feature: Center for Sight". Optician Online. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sheraz Daya". 10 November 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Researcher: Implants replacing eyeglasses". United Press International. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Angela Brooks (20 June 2006). "I had laser eye surgery and can't believe my eyes". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Artificial Cornea Allows Blind Man to See Again". Fox News. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Christine Doyle (20 April 2004). "Iris recognition brings us closer to having perfect vision restored". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Stephen Dixon. "Coping with Cataracts". "Sky News". Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Daya SM; Watson A; Sharpe JR; Giledi O; Rowe A; Martin R; James SE (March 2005). "Outcomes and DNA analysis of ex vivo expanded stem cell allograft for ocular surface reconstruction". Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 112: 470–7. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2004.09.023. PMID 15745776. 
  11. ^ Ilari L, Daya SM (July 2002). "Long-term outcomes of keratolimbal allograft for the treatment of severe ocular surface disorders". Ophthalmology. 109: 1278–84. doi:10.1016/s0161-6420(02)01081-3. PMID 12093650.  |lastauthoramp=yes
  12. ^ Ilari FL, Daya SM (January 2001). "Living related conjunctival limbal allograft for the treatment of stem cell deficiency". Ophthalmology. 108: 126–33; discussion 133–4. PMID 11150276.  |lastauthoramp=yes
  13. ^ Daya SM; Tappouni FR & Habib NE (November 1997). "Photorefractive keratectomy for hyperopia: six months results in 45 eyes". Ophthalmology. 104: 1952–8. PMID 9373132. 
  14. ^ Daya SM; Chan CC & Holland EJ (October 2011). "Cornea Society nomenclature for ocular surface rehabilitative procedures". Cornea. 30: 1115–9. doi:10.1097/ICO.0b013e318207f135. PMID 21642849. 
  15. ^ Maccheron LJ, Daya SM (June 2012). "Wedge resection and lamellar dissection for pellucid marginal degeneration". Cornea. 31: 708–15. doi:10.1097/ICO.0b013e31824000e3. PMID 22575848.  |lastauthoramp=yes
  16. ^ Daya SM; Bell RW; Habib NE; Powell-Richards A & Dua HS (July 2000). "Clinical and pathologic findings in human keratolimbal allograft rejection". Cornea. 19: 443–50. doi:10.1097/00003226-200007000-00007. PMID 10928754. 
  17. ^ Nanavaty MA & Daya SM (October 2012). "Outcomes of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty in keratoconic eyes with previous hydrops". British Journal of Ophthalmology. 96: 1304–9. doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2012-302110. PMID 22863946. 
  18. ^ Beckingsale P; Mavrikakis I; Al-Yousuf N; Mavrikakis E & Daya SM (June 2006). "Penetrating keratoplasty: outcomes from a corneal unit compared to national data". British Journal of Ophthalmology. 90: 728–31. doi:10.1136/bjo.2005.086272. PMC 1860233Freely accessible. PMID 16714264. 
  19. ^ Giledi O, Daya SM (September 2003). "Unexpected flap thickness in laser in situ keratomileusis". J Cataract Refract Surg. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 29: 1825–6. doi:10.1016/s0886-3350(03)00242-6. PMID 14522308.  |lastauthoramp=yes
  20. ^ Giledi O; Mulhern MG; Espinosa M; Kerr A & Daya SM (May 2004). "Reproducibility of LASIK flap thickness using the Hansatome microkeratome". Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 30: 1031–7. doi:10.1016/j.jcrs.2003.09.070. PMID 15130640. 
  21. ^ Comer RM; Daya SM & O'Keefe M (October 2001). "Penetrating keratoplasty in infants". Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 5: 285–90. doi:10.1067/mpa.2001.117568. PMID 11641637. 
  22. ^ Lindstrom RL, Sher NA, Barak M, DeMarchi J, Tucci A, Daya S, Hardten DR, Frantz JM, Eifermn RA, Parker P, et al. (1992). "Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy in high myopia: a multicenter study". Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society. 90: 277–96. PMC 1298439Freely accessible. PMID 1494824. 
  23. ^ "Miracle workers win two awards". Queen Victoria Hospital. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  24. ^ Siobhan Ryan (18 April 2008). "NHS workers awarded at ceremony". The Argus. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Past Achievement Award Recipients". American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Medal Lecturers". United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons. 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Keratoplasty Techniques". Canadian Ophthalmological Society. 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015.