Achievements of ophthalmologist recognised

Ophthalmologist Sheraz Daya speaks alongside presenter Katie Piper about the impact of ophthalmic surgery

Sheraz Daya and Katie Piper

Eye surgeon Sheraz Daya has spoken alongside a former patient about the life-changing impact that healthcare professionals can have on people’s lives.

Taking to the stage at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as part of an alumni event that highlights the successes of past graduates who have progressed to become “front-runners” in their chosen field, Mr Daya was joined by TV presenter and author, Katie Piper.

Founder and medical director of Centre for Sight, ophthalmologist Mr Daya is credited for helping to restore Ms Piper’s vision following a vicious acid attack in 2008.

During the ‘In conversation with…’ address, the pair discussed Ms Piper’s recovery from the perspective of both the patient and the surgeon. Mr Daya also spoke about the future of ophthalmic surgery. 

During the talk, Ms Piper said: “I’ve had over 300 operations, but the day I got my sight back is a day I'll never forget.”

Reflecting on the event, director of development – alumni relations, fellows and members at the RCSI, Aíne Gibbons, said: “We were honoured to welcome RCSI alumnus Sheraz Daya, along with his former patient Katie Piper, to share their perspectives on the life-altering impact of innovative healthcare treatments. The discussion provided an inspiring insight into how our alumni are making a real impact on the lives of their patients.” 

On graduating from the RCSI in 1984, and completing training in the US, Mr Daya became director of cornea and external disease at the Catholic Medical Centre and worked in practice in New York. In 1993 he was appointed director and consultant ophthalmic surgeon of the Corneo Plastic Unit and Eye Bank at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust in East Grinstead, before establishing Centre for Sight in the UK in 1996.