Professor Sunil Shah

Professor Sunil Shah

Ophthalmology 03189726


  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Refractive surgery
  • Surgical

About me

Sunil was voted in the top 100 most influential ophthalmologists in the world in 2014!

Sunil performs well over 500 cataract/lens extraction procedures a year and specializes in complex cataract surgery - he receives referrals from other consultants for these complex cases. In addition, he offers multifocal, accommodating and toric intraocular lenses.

He also is one of a handful of surgeons able to offer femtosecond laser cataract surgery (see youtube video).

Sunil is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre and Honorary Consultant at Birmingham Children's Hospital . He is also an Honorary Professor at The University of Ulster and Aston University , Birmingham.

He specialises in complex corneal and refractive surgery. He independently developed the laser eye surgery technique now called LASEK and was the first person to use it in Britain and continues to pioneer this technique.

He has had well over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, as well as various book chapters. Sunil is a Section Editor for the major journals: British Journal of Ophthalmology and is on the Editorial Board for Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today and Ophthalmology Times. He also regularly reviews articles for suitability for the following journals: British Journal of Ophthalmology, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye,
Ophthalmology, Eye, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

He is also the Principle Editor & E Tutor for the E-learning course in Refractive surgery for the University of Ulster.

Sunil is an Examiner for The Fellowship British Contact Lens Association and also for the Refractive Assessment for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

He is past President of the British Society for Refractive Surgeons.

He continues to be on the Refractive Working Party for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a Specialist Advisor to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the British Standards Institute .

Sunil continues to take an active role in research, his main interests being new intraocular lenses and the difference corneal thickness can make when measuring pressure inside the eye. This can make a big difference when diagnosing glaucoma.

Areas of interest

Cataract surgery including complex cataract surgery; Corneal surgery including DSAEK; Corneal conditions including keratoconus and cross linking; Refractive surgery including Laser Eye Surgery, Clear Lens Extractions and Phakic IOLs;

Treatments for reading difficulty (presbyopia);

One stop cataract and refractive surgery clinics

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Procedures completed

  • C7340

    Yag laser photodisruption of posterior capsule of lens (including laser capsulotomy) - unilateral - (1-5)

    Midland Eye (1-5)

  • C1532

    Correction of trichiasis by electrolysis/diathermy/cryotherapy/laser - (1-5)

    Midland Eye (1-5)

  • C4640

    Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) - (1-5)

    Midland Eye (1-5)

  • C2640

    Incision of lacrimal sac - (1-5)

    Priory Hospital (The) (1-5) Midland Eye (1-5)

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