Jimmy LAI (Hong Kong)

Prof. Jimmy Lai graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong in 1983. He joined the eye unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1984, where he received his basic and higher surgical ophthalmology training. He spent six months at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, for his higher surgical training in 1989. He obtained his fellowship and master's degree in 1990. He obtained the fellowship of the Academy (Ophthalmology) in 1993 and became a founding fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong in 1995.

Prof. Lai continued his ophthalmology practice at the Prince of Wales Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his prefellowship training at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, and postfellowship training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, and Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan. He became involved in scientific research and publications in the late '90s.

His subspecialty interest is glaucoma. He is a pioneer in applying argon laser peripheral iridoplasty as the initial treatment of acute angle closure glaucoma and acute phacomorphic glaucoma. With his work in this area, he obtained his doctor of medicine degree in 2004. He is also a pioneer in introducing selective laser trabeculoplasty and goniosynechialysis to Hong Kong for the treatment of open angle and closed angle glaucoma. Before he joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong in 2008, he worked at United Christian Hospital as a consultant ophthalmologist.