Meet Our Specialist

Meet Our Specialist

Dr. CT Pillai

Dr. CT Pillai MD DO, FRCS (Edin), FRCOpth (UK)

Meet Dr. CT Pillai, a distinguished ophthalmologist with MD, DO, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth (UK) credentials. As the Founder and Medical Director of Precision Vision, a leading Harley Street laser eye surgery clinic, Dr. CT Pillai brings unparalleled expertise to deliver precision and excellence in vision care.

Holding an MD and DO, Dr. CT Pillai is well-educated, and his continuous pursuit of knowledge is reflected in his FRCS (Edin) and FRCOphth (UK) qualifications.
Innovative Corneal Surgery
Trained by renowned corneal surgeons such as Mr. Tom Casey, Prof. Dua, and Dr. Cavanaugh, Dr. CT Pillai has performed over 250 corneal transplant procedures, including PK triple procedure and anterior segment reconstruction for trauma.
Cataract Surgery Mastery
With a success rate comparable to published National Cataract Audit Survey results, Dr. CT Pillai has conducted over 3000 phaco procedures, incorporating clear corneal temporal incisions and various implant techniques.
Responsible for establishing highly rated independent clinics Maxivision and Advanced Vision Care. Dr CT Pillai played a pivotal role in growing both clinics into the UK’s premier independent clinics for total vision correction.
Laser Refractive Surgery Pioneer
Boasting 30 years of experience in ophthalmology, Dr. CT Pillai is one of the first refractive surgeons in the country to perform bilateral (both eyes treated on the same day) laser eye surgery. He spent two decades dedicated to laser refractive surgery, performing over 50,000 laser procedures.
International Training and Exposure
Dr. CT Pillai's foundation in refractive surgery was laid during his fellowship in cornea and anterior segment diseases in the UK and the USA, where he trained with globally recognised surgeons.
Academic Contributions
Dr. CT Pillai is a prolific researcher with numerous publications in peer-reviewed international journals. He was a scientific reviewer for the prestigious ‘International Refractive Surgery Journal’. His research on corneal vascularisation and fine needle diathermy for corneal vessels has significantly contributed to the field.
Presentations at Scientific Meetings
Dr. CT Pillai has presented his research findings at various national and international meetings, including ARVO, showcasing his commitment to advancing knowledge in ophthalmology.
Clinical Auditing and Quality Control
As a consultant, Dr. CT Pillai actively participated in clinical auditing, ensuring the highest quality in cataract extraction, astigmatism control, phacoemulsification, and more.
Continuous Professional Development
Throughout his career, Dr. CT Pillai has maintained a commitment to professional development, staying updated with the latest technologies and advancements in ophthalmology.
Dr. CT Pillai’s Role at Precision Vision Dr. CT Pillai’s Qualifications

Dr CT Pillai Role at Precision Vision

Dr. CT Pillai founded Precision Vision after amassing a lifetime’s experience in refractive surgery as a consultant for several well-known clinics in the UK and as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon for numerous NHS hospitals in the UK and hospitals in India.

He completed his Fellowship in cornea anterior segment diseases in the UK and the USA in 1994 and went on to work with many internationally recognised surgeons including Tom Casey and Professor Dua in the UK; Dr Siganos in Greece; and Stephen Wilson and Dr Cavanaugh in the USA. Dr. CT Pillai has performed over 50,000 LASIK, LASEK and PRK procedures and is considered to be one of the most experienced laser eye surgeons in this field. He regularly presents papers and lectures at national and international refractive conferences and is extensively published in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. CT Pillai’s research in the areas of corneal vascularisation, specular microscopy in uveitis, amniotic membrane transplantation, excimer laser surgery and dry eye disorders has contributed directly towards the advancement of techniques in these areas of ophthalmic medicine.

His surgical skills and record of very low complication rates have been widely applauded in specialist journals such as the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Eye, IOVS, Optician and Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. CT Pillai identifies that there is a need for an independent eye care clinic that could offer patients personalised laser eye treatment as an alternative to the high street chains. His continuous commitment to remain independent of any one lens or laser manufacturer ensures that all Precision Vision’s patients receive the treatment that will bring them the very best possible results.

Dr. CT Pillai remains in charge of all clinical protocol and staff training and personally performs all laser procedures at the clinic. As the Medical Director of Precision Vision, he has pioneered the creation of the UK’s first co-management scheme for optometrists and is actively involved in their training and certification. This allows patients to access qualified advice on vision correction and aftercare at an optometrist close to where they live to provide them with an unrivalled level of patient care and consideration.

Dr CT Pillai Qualifications


1990: Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
1989: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
1988: Diploma in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow
1982: Diploma in Ophthalmology, Madras University, India
1980: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Madras University, India

Professional Affiliations

Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO – UK)
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh FRCS(Ed)
British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS – UK)
British Medical Association (BMA)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO – UK)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO – USA)
American Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS – USA)
International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
European Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)

Eye Surgery Consltation