Dr Somdutt Prasad — MS, FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FACS and MFMLM — is currently a consultant ophthalmologist and retinal specialist at i4vision, a top-notch eye care clinic in Kolkata. He has worked as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral, UK, for over a decade and has now relocated back to his home country India.
On the clinical front, Dr Prasad has been an innovator and early adopter of new surgical techniques. This expanded the referral base of the unit with patients being referred in from across the country (UK) for specialized procedures. He has also concentrated on training allied professionals to empower them to take on expanded roles. For example, he has trained optometrists to undertake follow up assessments for macular degeneration patients.
Personally, Dr Prasad is adept at the full range of medical and surgical retinal procedures from diagnosis to treatment. For the last decade in the UK, he was doing about 300 vitrectomy surgeries a year, and treating about a 1000 patients a year with medical retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, venous occlusions and miscellaneous other conditions of the retina. His years of experience make him one of the top retinal specialists in the country.
Dr Prasad has also very good experience with the use of advanced technology IOls (Intra Ocular Lenses) including toric, multifocal and accommodative lenses. Over 90% of the patients who have had this procedure have been functionally spectacle independent after cataract surgery or clear lens exchange done by him. He had been performing about 1000 cataract surgeries each year for the last 12 years in the UK.
Introducing new techniques to the unit was dependent on expanding the referral base, which he achieved through extensive networking with colleagues across the country and by presenting outcomes in various fora. The relationships he built with colleagues across the country in the early part of his consultant career whilst he developed the service stood him in good stead when he later served on the board of professional organizations. He gained experience in team building and leadership as he worked with different professional groups to enhance the service. His extensive experience with new techniques and aspects of ophthalmology makes him a top eye specialist in Kolkata.
In his distinguished medical career, this top eye doctor in Kolkata has held several key positions. Some of them are:
Dr Prasad is also in the Subspecialty Editorial Board of the "Comprehensive Ophthalmology" section of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, a publication of the All India Ophthalmological Society. It is a peer-reviewed online journal which covers technical and clinical studies related to ethical, social and health issues in ophthalmology and vision science.