Geraint Williams is a consultant ophthalmologist and specialises in cataract and refractive surgery and corneal & external eye disease. He holds a postgraduate diploma in cataract and refractive surgery and his expertise include patients with previous laser refractive surgery, astigmatism and the use of premium lenses to restore sight. His corneal interests include ocular surface inflammation, infection and scarring, corneal dystrophies such as Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy, keratoconus and dry eye disorders. He also undertakes lamellar corneal transplantation and corneal collagen cross-linking.
Geraint graduated from the University of Cardiff in 2002 after intercalating and gaining a BSc in Medical Genetics in 2001. He commenced his ophthalmic training in South Wales and completed his basic specialist training in the Oxford deanery in 2005. He took up a position as a Specialist Registrar in the West Midlands in 2006.
He was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust clinical research fellowship in 2008, completing his PhD in 2012 and achieving international prizes for his work researching scarring diseases of the ocular surface. He was an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Birmingham from 2012 to 2014. He combined this role with advanced subspecialty training in cornea and external disease at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and continued his senior anterior segment training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
He completed an advanced clinical fellowship in cataract, corneal and refractive surgery at the Singapore National Eye Centre from 2014 to 2015, working with international leaders in their field. He received his diploma in cataract and refractive surgery (PGDip Cat Ref) from the University of Ulster in 2020, graduating with distinction.
Geraint led the corneal service in Worcestershire from 2016 to 2021. He was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Wye Valley NHS Trust in Herefordshire in 2021, serving patients in the county and Mid Wales.
Geraint undertook his Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (Immunoregulation of Acquired Ocular Immunobullous Disease), gaining his PhD in 2012. He subsequently worked as a clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2012 to 2014. He combined this role with fellowship training in cornea and external disease. While undertaking his clinical fellowship at the Singapore National Eye Centre (2014-2015), he worked with Prof Jod Mehta at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. His research focused on the role of lasers in improving outcomes in cataract and corneal surgery.
For more information, please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/geraint-williams and review the publications page.
Mr Williams is passionate about teaching and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He is an associate of the higher education academy, having been a clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2012-2014. He has been a senior academy tutor for 4th-year medical students for the University of Birmingham 2018-2021. He also teaches postgraduate ophthalmologists at all levels, including as a tutor for the acclaimed University of Ulster postgraduate diploma in cataract and refractive surgery.
He speaks widely to audiences in the UK and abroad and is a reviewer for numerous ophthalmic and scientific journals.