Professor Harminder Dua

Consultant Ophthalmologist & Professor of Ophthalmology

MBBS, DO, MS, MNAMS, FRCS, FEBO, FRCOphth, FRCP (Hon), FCOptom (Hon) FRCOphth (Hon), FAICO (Hon), MD, PhD, FCOptom

Specialises in

  • Dry eye syndrome treatment
  • Cataract removal surgery
  • Ocular surface reconstruction

I have 40 years’ experience in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases. After my basic medical qualification, I trained as a specialist in eye diseases (Ophthalmology) in India, England, Scotland and the United States and attained advanced fellowship training in ‘Cornea and External eye disease’ at one of the top 10 institutions in the US, the Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. Further advance training for specialist procedures was acquired in Germany and the US.

Currently, I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Professor of Ophthalmology in Nottingham, since 1994 providing a service that includes diagnosis, and a range of medical and surgical treatments for simple and complex cases of eye diseases affecting the front half of the eye. I receive tertiary referrals from all over the UK, most countries in Europe, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and the US to help with diagnosis and treatment. Numerous overseas ophthalmologists visit my unit to observe, learn and acquire training. I have been providing expert medico-legal reports for claimants and defendants for over 25 years.

In 2013 I discovered a new layer in the cornea, the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer, also termed the Dua-Fine layer by the American Association of Ocular Oncologists and Pathologists, AAOOP). This has had considerable impact on corneal surgery making lamellar keratoplasty safer, has led to the innovation of three new surgical interventions and improved our understanding of corneal pathology.


General Medical Council Number: C3369326

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Harminder Dua at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cornea diseases and medical and surgical management (corneal transplant, DSEK, DMEK, PDEK, DALK and full thickness corneal transplant [PK]), Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome and Pterygium surgery
  • Ocular Surface reconstruction with Amniotic membrane transplant and Limbal stem cell transplant
  • Medical treatment of most anterior segment (front to the eye) diseases such as Dry eye disease (including punctal plugs), Blepharitis, Conjunctivitis, Allergic eye diseases, Herpes virus and Zoster (cold sore and shingles) eye infections, non-healing defects and many others.
  • Refractive surgery (Laser and implantable contact lenses)

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Additional information

Cataract surgery
Corneal and external eye disease
Refractive surgery

Special clinical interests: Cataract, Refractive surgery (Laser and implants), Surgical and Medical treatments of all Cornea diseases (Corneal transplants, Stem cell transplants, Pterygium, Amniotic membrane transplant, Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome, others), Keratoconus.

MBBS / Nagpur University, India / 1975
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

DO / Nagpur University, India / 1977
Diploma in Ophthalmology

MS / Nagpur University, India / 1977
Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology

PhD / Nagpur University, India / 1984
Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences

DO / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 1985
Diploma in Ophthalmology

FRCS / Edinburgh / 1986
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

FRCOphth / UK / 1989
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

MD / University of Aberdeen / 1993
Doctor in Medicine

FEBO / EU / 2003
Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology

FRCP (Honorary) / Edinburgh / 2014
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

FCOptom (Honorary) / UK / 2015
Fellow of the College of Optomestrists

FRCOphth (Honorary) / UK / 2018
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

FAICO (Honorary) / India Ophthalmological Society / 2020
Fellow of the All India Collegium of of Ophthalmology

Professional memberships

Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Ophthalmological Society (By invitation and submission Thesis)

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) USA

Bowman club, UK (corneal surgeons)

British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)

British Society of Refractive Surgeons (BSRS)

College of Optometrists, United Kingdom

EVER, European Vision and Eye Research, Association

EuCornea, European society of cornea and ocular surface disease specialists

Eye Bank Association of India

Indian society of cataract and keratorefractive surgeons

International Ocular Surface Society

International Ocular Inflammation Society

Italian Ocular Surface Society

Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society, India

Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, UK

Midlands Ophthalmological Society

Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, England, United Kingdom

Pune Ophthalmological society, Pune, India

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society, Maharashtra, India

Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Nottingham

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Nottingham University Hospitals, NHS Trust

In my ‘spare’ time (when I can find some), I like to travel (animal safaris), I write poetry in Hindi and English and engage in global teaching activity through lectures, webinars, workshops and wet labs and dry labs.

I am High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in nomination, to assume office in April 2021.