2022 Lifetime Achievement Award: Sheraz M. Daya, MD

Sheraz M. Daya, MD is an ophthalmologist based in the United Kingdom. He qualified in 1984 with an honors degree in medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He trained in New York and became board certified in internal medicine and later ophthalmology. In 1991 he trained under both Richard Lindstrom and Edward Holland at the University of Minnesota as a Fellow in cornea, anterior segment, and keratorefractive surgery. After a couple of years in practice in New York City, he was appointed director of the Corneoplastic Unit and Eye Bank, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK (1994-2011). With his wife, Marcela, also an ophthalmologist, he established the Centre for Sight, which has three sites and recently celebrated its 25th year.

Dr. Daya introduced LASIK to the UK in 1994 and has remained a pioneer in modern refractive surgery, introducing the femtosecond laser for LASIK surgery to the UK in 2004 and developing its use in corneal transplantation and cataract surgery. He is the medical monitor for Technolas, Bausch + Lomb, manufacturers of the Victus and Teneo lasers, and he directed the development of their option for transepithelial PRK.

His areas of expertise include high-risk corneal transplantation, limbal stem cell transplantation, lamellar corneal transplantation, refractive surgery, and high-performance IOLs. He has over the last two years led a working group under the auspices of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) Europe, devising new nomenclature for high-performance lenses.

Dr. Daya has published extensively on ocular surface reconstruction, limbal stem cell transplantation, and novel lamellar transplant techniques. He has over 100 publications and is the founding medical editor of CRSTEurope. He has and continues to serve committees and boards of numerous organizations, including the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the AECOS, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and the Corneal Society. He is president-elect of AECOS Europe, 2024 to 2026.