Mr Prasad Rao



GMC number: 3600403

Practising since: 1983



Consultation times

  • Monday 13:30 - 18:00
  • Thursday 14:00 - 18:00 (alternate weeks)
  • Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
  • Urgent referrals and evening appointments available
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Mr Rao is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS trust since 1999. He was the head of the department and the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology between 2016 and 2020. He was also the head of Medical Retina service for 16 years till 2016.

He qualified in medicine from Hyderabad, India in 1983 and spent a further 10 years in two prestigious teaching institutes at Liverpool and Aberdeen to specialise further in general Ophthalmology and Retinal diseases.

He undertakes approximately 400 cataract operations, 200 laser treatments and over 300 macular degeneration treatment procedures annually.

Macular Society has nominated Mr Rao for the best medical retinal service in the UK for four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014. He is also a recipient of 5 clinical excellence awards. 

Special interests

  • Cataract Surgery 
  • Laser Treatments
  • Macular Degeneration 
  • Uveitis and Diabetic Eye Disease 
  • Phacoemulsification and intra-ocular lens implantation
  • Intravitreal injections (Avastin, Eylea, Ozurdex, Beovue)
  • Immunosuppression 
  • Glaucoma assessments & treatments
  • Laser treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy 
  • YAG laser procedures 
  • OCT scans, visual fields 
  • Loss of vision

Other interests

Mr Rao is the vice president of Sight Loss Shropshire (SLS), a voluntary organisation that supports visually handicapped.

He was also a member of Local Negotiation Committee (LNC) and Medical Advisory Committees (MAC).

Personal interests

Long distance running, hill walking, bird watching, ballroom dancing (Ceroc & Modern Jive), cooking, travelling and gardening.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Prasad Rao at Nuffield Health

  • Phacoemulsification
  • Uveitis
  • YAG Capsulotomy
  • Cataract Surgery

Locations Mr Prasad Rao works with

Related experience


Mr Rao has published several articles in peer reviewed national and international journals including:

  • American Journal of Ophthalmology
  • British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • British Medical Journal
  • British J of clinical practice
  • Journal of clinical microbiology
  • British J of diabetes and vascular disease
  • Eye
  • Indian J of Ophthalmology
  • Eur J of Implant and refractive surgery
  • Ophthalmic plastic and refractive surgery
  • Journal of cataract and refractive surgery
  • Orbit
  • Health Trends
  • Medical audit
  • Year book of Ophthalmology
  • Chapter in Oxford text book of Ophthalmology.


  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • British Medical Association
  • American Association of Ophthalmologists
  • Medical Retina Group
  • Association of Ophthalmologists (UK)
  • UK Midlands Ophthalmological Society

Other posts held

  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Insurers Mr Prasad Rao works with

Mr Prasad Rao works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


Mr Prasad Rao does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Prasad Rao does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Prasad Rao does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.