Specialist in bespoke cataract surgery, keratoconus, corneal transplantation and eye surface disease

About Jeremy Prydal

Jeremy Prydal has over 30 years experience treating eye disease and performing eye surgery. He has conducted extensive research into ocular disease resulting in a number of higher qualifications, as well as numerous publications and invitations to speak at international meetings.

He has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary since February 2000 where he runs a busy regional referral centre for ocular surface disease. He has introduced a number of innovative procedures and offers the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments for all diseases of the eye surface.

He specialises in small incision cataract surgery, premium/bespoke multifocal and toric intra-ocular lenses, the latest treatment options for keratoconus, refractive problems, corneal transplantation (including lamellar or partial thickness transplants), dry eye and all forms of eye surface disease.

Current Appointment

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Leicester Royal Infirmary 2000 - present
  • Honorary Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, University of Leicester 2015 - present


  • MB BS University of London Westminster Hospital 1982
  • PhD University of Cambridge 1991
  • FRCOphth Royal College of Ophthalmologists 1993
  • MD University of London 1995


  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship 19871
  • Royal College Ophthalmologists Iris Fund 1990
  • Trustees of St. Thomas’ Hospital 1992
  • Midland Ophthalmologists Society Prize 1996
  • John Cairns Memorial Prize 1997
  • NEXT Award 2008
  • Innovations Fellowship (East Midlands Development Agency) 2011
  • Science & Technologies Facilities Council(~£150k) 2013
  • Anthony Bron MCLSOA Award runner-up 2013
  • East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Award runner-up 2014
  • Anthony Bron MCLOSA Award 2014
  • Leicester Ophthalmology Research Prize (Basic Science) 2014
  • Cambridge Ophthalmological Society Prize 2015
  • Medipex NHS Innovations Award runner-up 2015

National Duties

  • Refractive Surgery Working Party 2002 - 2015
    Royal College Ophthalmologists

  • MCLOSA (British Ocular Surface Soc.) 2009 - 2011
    Formerly Treasurer, Vice-president and now co-opted council member

Chief Examiner
  • Laser Refractive Surgery 2007 - present
    Royal College Ophthalmologists

  • Scientific Committee 2011 - present
    Royal College Ophthalmologists

  • NHS Blood and Transplantation 2011 - present
    Ocular tissue audit committee

Deputy Chair
  • Ocular Tissue Advisory Group 2014- present
    NHS Blood and Transplant

  • Corneal and Ocular Surface Disease 2011 - present
    Royal College Ophthalmologists

  • British Standards Institute 2002 - present


Since 1987, Jeremy's research has been concerned with devising and developing novel optical methods for examining the eye, with both clinical and basic research applications. He was the first to develop and apply a number of new techniques, including:

  • Laser interferometry, to investigate the structure of the cornea and tear film.
  • Confocal microscopy, to examine the eye in conscious human subjects.
  • Spectroscopy, to investigate ocular and lung pathology.

Since 2010, Jeremy has been working with the Space Research Centre in Leicester, one of the largest in the UK. They have developed new spectroscopic methods to characterise and diagnose inflammatory conditions of the sclera. This led to the use of high resolution autofluorescent spectroscopy for the diagnosis of ocular infections, with the aim of more rapid and sensitive identification of infections without the need for sampling or biopsy. They are also using similar techniques to differentiate normal and malignant cells in ocular, lung and other cancers.

Membership of Societies

  • The Physiological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association
  • Association for Eye Research
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Previous Appointments

  • Institute of Ophthalmology London 1986 - 1987
  • Physiological Laboratory University of Cambridge 1987 - 1991
  • St. Thomas' Hospital London 1991 - 1994
  • Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre 1994 - 1996
  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge 1996 - 1999

Stoneygate Eye Hospital

Nuffield Hospital

Spire Leicester Hospital

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