Prasan Rao has over 25 years of experience in the management of ophthalmology patients. His areas of interest include vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina, ocular inflammation & uveitis, retinopathy of prematurity, ocular imaging and phacoemulsification. He has been practising in Dubai since 2003. In Dubai, he was the first to introduce scleral buckling for management of retinal detachments in retinopathy of prematurity in 2003, and intravitreal antiVEGF injections for active ROP in 2008 in the UAE. In 2006, he was the first to perform combined half-fluence photodynamic therapy and intravitreal lucentis injection for wet AMD in the Gulf region. In 2009, he setup the ROP registry in Dubai and Al Wasl Hospitals. In 2016, he was amongst the first to perform 27gauge vitrectomy. He has performed well over 2000 cataract surgeries (phacoemulsification) and over 1500 posterior segment surgeries including combined phaco-vitrectomies in UAE. He is a Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery from Sankara Nethralaya & Vision Research Foundation, Chennai, India, and in Ophthalmology from The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He is board certified by the National Board for Ophthalmology (India). He is a Member of European Society of Vitreoretinal Surgery (EVRS), an International Member of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Member of American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He has been awarded with “International Ophthalmology Education Award” in 2009 and “International Ophthalmology Scholar Award” in 2012 by American Academy of Ophthalmology.