Abhay R Vasavada MS , FRCS (England)Founder and Director of Iladevi Cataract and Research Centre Raghudeep Eye Hospital
Dr. Abhay R. Vasavada is a world renowned cataract surgeon, and his expertise is in the management of challenging cataract cases in children and adults.
Pediatric and Adult Cataract management has been his passion since 1984. Because of his vast experience, Raghudeep Eye Hospital is now a tertiary referral centre for the management of pediatric as well as adult cataracts. A dedicated team of skilled ophthalmologists, anaesthetists, orthoptists and pediatric coordinators and counsellors work together to provide the best care to these patients. Most of his pediatric cataract work is done on a charitable basis, as majority of children requiring treatment are from an underprivileged section of the society.
He established Raghudeep Eye Hospital in 1984 and Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre in 1991. This center with basic and clinical research facilities is focused on translational research. One of the objectives is to solve some of the problems related to cataractogenesis and its management in children and young adults. Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre is recognized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Various research projects have been carried out in collaboration with Indian agencies ( like the Department of Science and Technology)- Govt of India, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, as well as International Agencies ( like Creighton University, Omaha, USA, University of East Anglia, UK, Uleval University Hospital, Norway, ASCRS foundation, USA).
He has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. A lot of focus in his research is directed at pediatric cataract management. He has been conducting trainee fellowship programmes for young ophthalmologists since 1990 to train them in cataract management. He has trained more than 150 national & international ophthalmologists under this programme. He has travelled extensively across all the continents, teaching, lecturing, & performing live surgical demonstrations. He has been invited to deliver lectures, named orations and perform live surgical demonstrations across the global in several national and international meetings.He is a global advisor to American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the largest ophthalmological society in the world. He is a board and advisory member of International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), Academia Ophthalmologica Int. (AOI) Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). He is a member of cataract clinical committee and Hall of Fame Committee at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). He is on the editorial board of Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (JCRS), Eyeworld, Ocular Surgery News and ONE Net.