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Professor Harminder S. Dua CBE

MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Edinburgh), FRCOphth.(UK), FEBO, MD, PhD, FRCP(Honorary, Edinburgh), FCOptom.(Honorary, UK), FRCOphth.(Honorary, UK), FAICO(Honorary, India)
Professor Harminder S. Dua CBE is based at and is a specialist in Cornea, Ocular Surface, Anterior Segment, Cataract & Refractive Lens Surgery

Professor Harminder Dua is the Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Prior to his appointment in Nottingham in 1994, he was associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. He graduated in Medicine from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur.

Professor Dua practices in Nottingham and provides his services under the business entity Dua & Dua Medical Ltd.

Professor Dua is an internationally renowned Ophthalmologist who has influenced and continues to influence all aspects of ophthalmology across the globe through his activities related to teaching, training, research and innovation. He is a world authority on cornea and ocular surface disease.

He has taught generations of medical students, 35 home and visiting Fellows and 48 PhD/MD students who have gone on to become distinguished ophthalmologists. Six of his postgraduate fellows currently hold positions as Professors of Ophthalmology and one is a CEO of a company. His corneal surgery course, run at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK, annually for the last 10 years is always fully subscribed and has received the best feedback of all courses.

He has enhanced clinical and basic knowledge in ophthalmology through over 365 publications and over a thousand presentations in international meetings. His H- index is 68 and his total citations are over seventeen thousand. His surgical innovations, including Fine Needle Diathermy (FND) occlusion of corneal vessels, Sequential Sector Conjunctival Epitheliectomy (SSCE), Alcohol Delamination in management of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome and classification of chemical burns of the ocular surface (Dua Classification) are practiced internationally and have changed clinical practice.

His discovery of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer) as a definite part of the surgical anatomy of the cornea has improved posterior lamellar corneal surgery, made Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) safer and led to the innovation of three new operations namely DALK-Triple, Pre-Descemets Endothelial Keratoplasty (PDEK) and suture management of acute hydrops in keratoconus. This paper alone has over 355 citations with further scientific evidence published independently by researchers in this field.

He has served ophthalmology nationally and internationally as President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (2011-14); First Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, England (2014-15);¬† Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14); President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVER, 2010-2014); President of EuCornea, the European Society of Cornea and Ocular surface disease specialists (2011-12) and of EVER, the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (2008). He served on the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop and was member of the ‚ÄėDefinition and Classification committee‚Äô (DEWS II, 2015-17) and is Immediate Past Master of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress. He has made significant contributions in each of these positions. As one of the four founders of EuCornea, he brought to Europe an organisation that has sparked the imagination of numerous trainees and specialists who attend and support EuCornea meetings every year.

He currently serves as Editor in chief of the Journal of EuCornea, Board member of  of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Civilian consultant adviser to the Royal Air Force and President of The European association for vision and eye research Foundation (EVERf, re-appointed 2017). He is member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and the American Ophthalmological Society, and Trustee of the Sussex Eye Foundation.

He has received over 125 international awards and honours for his work. Professor Harminder Dua was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to eye healthcare, health education and to ophthalmology in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019.

To arrange a consultation with Professor Harminder Dua, please get in touch with his team on 0115 671 5700 or email


More information about Professor Harminder S. Dua CBE

MBBS, DO (Nagpur)

DO (London)


FRCS (Edinburgh)

FRCOphth. (UK)


MD (With Commendation, University of Aberdeen)

Ph.D (Nagpur)


FRCP (Edinburgh)

FCOptom. (UK)

Nagpur University, India

University of Aberdeen, UK

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK

European Board of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists

American Ophthalmological Society

Academic Ophthalmologica Internationalis

Bowman club, UK (Corneal Surgeons)

British Society of Refractive Surgeons (BSRS)

EVER, European Vision and Eye Research, Association

EuCornea, European society of cornea and ocular surface disease specialists

Eye Bank Association of India

International Ocular Inflammation Society

Italian Ocular Surface Society

Midlands Ophthalmological Society

Oxford Ophthalmological Congress

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Surgeons

United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society, Maharashtra, India

American Academy of Ophthalmology, USA

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) USA

Honorary Professor of Universita della Svizze, Lugano and Faculty member, European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology

President European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVERf)

Board Member, International council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

Editor-in-chief of the Journal of EuCornea

President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (2011-14)

First Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, England (2014-15)

Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14)

President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVER, 2010-2014)

President of EuCornea, the European Society of Cornea and Ocular surface disease specialists (2011-12)

President of EVER, the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (2008)

Pune Ophthalmological society, Pune, India

Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, UK

Indian society of Cataract and Kerato Refractive Surgeons

Lens Surgery 

Refractive Lens Exchange
Phakic IOL
Implantable Contact Lens
Piggyback IOLs
Advanced IOLs and Laser optimisation after lens insertion
Iris-clip, iris sutured IOLs
Scleral fixated sutured posterior chamber intra-ocular lenses

Presbyopia Surgery

Refractive Lens Exchange

Corneal Grafts

Corneal Transplantation:
Full thickness grafts
Partial thickness grafts ‚Äď Endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK, PDEK)
Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK)
Tectonic grafts


Corneal Collagen Cross Linking
Corneal Graft

Ocular Surface 

Amniotic membrane grafts: For ocular surface regeneration and management of non-healing corneal defects.
Pterygium surgery with autologous conjunctival grafts and fibrin tissue glue. Post operative intralesional injection of 5-Fluorouracil and anti VEGF (Avastin/Lucentis) for treatment of recurrent pterygiuim.
Repair of acute corneal lacerations.
Alcohol delamination and Therapeutic laser for Recurrent Erosion Syndrome and Band Keratopathy, Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation
Ocular surface reconstruction: Limbal stem cell transplantation -allografts, autografts and living related donor grafts in treatment of chemical burns of the eye and other ocular surface diseases.
Fine needle diathermy and anti VEGF (Avastin/Lucentis) injection for treatment of corneal vascularisaton.

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