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Renowned Eye Surgeon, Specialist in LASIK, Cataract and Cornea

Dr. Sujal Shah decided to become an eye surgeon, approximately thirty years ago, drawn by the precise microsurgery. When he was introduced to the nascent field of laser vision correction at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, he was fascinated with the idea of visual independence. He knew what he wanted to for the rest of his life, to help people see better without glasses or contact- lenses. He has been at the forefront of every significant technological advancement in laser surgery to make vision correction safer and more accurate. In 2011, after almost 18 years of innovative vision correction surgery, he started SMILE, a pioneering out-of-the-box technique hitherto unrivalled in safety and accuracy. The last decade has been an enriching experience for him in terms of spreading SMILE to 1000s of patients.

Top Mumbai Eye Surgeon, Dr. Sujal Shah, explains his passion for vision correction. “As a young medical student, when my grandfather needed cataract surgery, I was amazed at the independence he got from the then newly introduced intraocular lenses. Until then, most other relatives needed thick glasses to see clearly after very cumbersome surgery.

The inspiration from that eye surgery, which seemed like a miracle, carried Dr. Shah all the way through a residency and specialized fellowships at premier institutions in the world. Dr. Shah enjoys vision correction and applies the same passion to every patient he operates. It is this extra level of commitment that makes him an excellent eye surgeon.



Dr. Sujal Shah completed his primary medical training and internship at Seth G S Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai.


Dr. Sujal Shah completed his Ophthalmology residency at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.


Dr. Sujal Shah completed a fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. Here he participated in basic research in refractive surgery.


Dr. Sujal Shah completed a fellowship in Refractive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland. Here he participated in basic research in wound healing after refractive surgery, for which he was awarded the prestigious Castroviejo prize. He also conducted clinical research in refractive surgery.


Dr. Sujal Shah completed a fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis at Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles. Here he participated in clinical research in quality of vision and accuracy after refractive surgery.

Professional Achievements


  • Dr. Sujal Shah is a specialist in vision correction.
  • He was the first eye surgeon in India to perform Wavefront Optimized LASIK, Presbyond LASIK and SMILE.
  • He has published articles, abstracts, and reports in professional journals and has delivered over 300 invited lectures.
  • Dr. Shah has been an investigator for clinical trials for improving the results of LASIK and SMILE.
“My goal is to make vision correction safer, more accurate and affordable so that more patients achieve visual independence from glasses and contact-lenses and can experience the benefits of this life changing procedure.”Dr. Sujal Shah


Dr. Shah’s research is focused on developing new technologies for laser vision correction surgery. He has been a principal investigator for clinical trials in LASIK, Femto-LASIK and Lenticule extraction. He also has an interest in keratoconus and in patients who have had problems with previous vision correction.


He is Director of Ophthalmology at Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Medical Director at Samyak Drishti. He has served as Consultant Ophthalmologist to Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Bhatia General Hospital, Conwest Jain Clinic and helped develop eye banks at all these institutions. In the early part of his career he was very active in promoting eye donation and has trained many physicians in eye donation.

He helped establish refractive surgery at Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital & Surya EyeTech Hospital and was chief operating surgeon at Phiroze Dastoor, one of the earliest LASIK centres in Mumbai. He has served on the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology and is a reviewer for many international professional journals.

A testament to his belief in the safety and benefits of LASIK surgery, Dr. Sujal Shah had the procedure performed on his own eyes in 1997, making him one of the earliest refractive surgeons in India to have LASIK. He has also performed LASIK on many immediate family members, including his wife, parents, brother, cousins and hundreds of physicians, surgeons, eye doctors, optometrists and their family members.

Community SERVICE

Dr. Sujal Shah is actively involved with many NGO’s for social activities and community service.

As an active member of Jain International Trade Organization (JITO), since 16 years, he pioneered and serves as a Permanent Trustee of Shraman Arogyam, an innovative flagship project of JITO that provides cashless medical care to 12500 Jain monks all over India.

As a Director of Jain International Organization (JIO), he originated and co-ordinated Shravak Arogyam, a large community project for the health insurance of approximately 600,000 people.

Alongwith Shri Shraman Sewa Parivar, Mumbai, he conducts urban outreach eye camps for monks in Palitana and other pilgrimage centres since 17 years.

As Medical Director of Shri Shankeshwar Parshwanath Medical Centre, he has conducted free rural outreach eye camps in Shahpur, Parli and Wada since 15 years.

As Medical Advisor to Samkit Group, Mumbai, he helps the medical co-ordination of Chauvihar Chhat and Saat Jatra, an arduous annual spiritual activity at Palitana for large groups of Jain pilgrims since 10 years. Together, they also conduct large community medical camps at centres of pilgrimage.

As President and office bearer of Jain Doctors Federation, Mumbai, a group of 2000 doctors, he has been active in conducting annual conferences as part of the organizing and scientific committees. He has planned and coordinated several social activities and volunteered in many charitable health camps for indigent patients along with various NGO’s such as the Lion’s, the Rotarian’s, and also major hospitals and corporates.

He serves on the executive committee of Shree Mahavir Group of Hospitals, Surat and the Medical Advisory Board of Shri Adinath Nethralay, Veerayatan, Palitana.

He has been recognized for his volunteer activities and social service by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and various organizations.

A Word From The Doctor

Dear Patient,

Clear vision is a precious gift. When I first got glasses, at age 14, I clearly remember hating the weight on my nose, the limited field of vision, the fogging while getting out of the AC and many others. Most of all, the feeling of imperfection or dependence on waking and not seeing things clearly around me. Gradually I forgot what it was to see without glasses.

In 1993, during my residency at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, I heard about LASIK, and this was a turning point in my life. In 1996, I went to premier institutions in the US for specialized fellowships to master the full spectrum of vision correction techniques.

I developed such confidence in the procedure, that I decided to have LASIK surgery on my own eyes, and for the first time in my adult life I experienced the simple pleasures of life. Once again, I could wake up to clear vision, greet people when outdoors, drive and watch TV or movies without my glasses. In fact, I have personally treated my wife, parents, brother and hundreds of doctors, physicians and their family members to share the joy of this visual freedom with them.

Over two decades, I have delivered lectures on vision correction at local, national and international meetings, contributed to scientific journals, conducted clinical research and clinical trials and trained many doctors in LASIK. But, mainly, I performed surgery after surgery for thousands of patients from all walks of life.

After a decade of establishing refractive surgery at different hospitals, I started Samyak Drishti with the latest world-class equipment to ensure uncompromising standards and offer customized solutions for people with simple to complex vision conditions. To help patients feel at home, I wanted a calm, unhurried atmosphere and to spend adequate time for patient assessment and education.

From remote controlled digital vision testing, to advanced diagnostics that synchronise seamlessly with our sophisticated laser systems for customization, we stay at the forefront of technology. In 2010, we started Presbyond LASIK, a novel solution for reading glasses. In 2011, we started SMILE, a completely new, minimalistic out of the box technique that is setting new benchmarks for safety and accuracy.

Vision correction is exciting for most, but also scary for some. Most patients are worried about safety. My response is, if you are suitable and have realistic expectations, the results of vision correction are really gratifying.

I believe in treating patients as family and apply the same exacting standards to my patients. After a thorough assessment, I educate patients about their suitability for vision correction. A distinct advantage at Samyak Drishti is that I am not restricted to a single procedure. If someone is a less than ideal candidate for LASIK, I clearly explain this and suggest suitable alternatives from our wide range of customized solutions or none at all if that’s what I find is most appropriate.

I think you will be excited when you see the clear difference we offer. I look forward to helping you reduce your dependence on glasses and welcome you to visual independence at Samyak Drishti.

Yours sincerely,

Sujal Shah

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  • Samyak Drishti was established in South Mumbai in 2005 by Dr. Sujal Shah, the first surgeon in India to perform Wavefront Optimized LASIK, Presbyond LASIK and SMILE.
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