Specialised in Cornea, Cataract & Laser Refractive Surgery
* Youngest Moorfields Consultant
* Ex Ophthalmology Department Director, Burjeel Day Surgery Center, Abu Dhabi
* Ex Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department, Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi
* Pioneering corneal specialist Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, Dubai
* Fellow of European Board Ophthalmologists
* Member of the European Vitreo Retinal Society
* Member of IOL Power Club
Proudly not affiliated to any pharma company!
Born in 1974 and previously 3-time Italian Rowing champion, Dr. Borasio graduated First Class Honors (110/110 and Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Torino before specializing in Ophthalmology at the same University. He then moved to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where he developed his career with 3 consecutive full-lenght Fellowships, in Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Cornea and External Eye Diseases, respectively.
In 2007 he moved to Dubai (UAE) as the pioneering Corneal specialist of Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai where he set up the Cornea and Laser Refractive Surgery service.
From January 2015 to July 2020 he was Head of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Department at Burjeel Hospital (Abu Dhabi, UAE), one of the fastest growing private hospitals in the region.
From August 2018 to July 2020, he was Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Burjeel Day Surgery Center (Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE).
Since October 2018, Dr Borasio is “Medico di Fiducia” (i.e. the Official ad trusted Doctor) of the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Dr Borasio’s main fields of expertise are Complex Laser Refractive Surgery, Laser Cataract Surgery, Laser Corneal Transplantation, Surgical Treatment of Keratoconus (by means of Femtosecond Laser intracorneal rings and Collagen Cross Linking), Phakic Lens Implantation (ICL and Toric ICL) for the correction of high refractive errors, complex Biometry and Astigmatism calculations post laser refractive surgery. Recently he added Vitreo Retinal Surgery to his armamentarium.
⁃ Fully trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) with a 1 year Fellowship under Mrs Linda Ficker (2006-2007).
⁃ Over 400 corneal transplants performed, most of which using the IntraLase femtosecond laser.
⁃ Expert in Penetrating Keratoplasty, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK - Big Bubble technique), Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK, DSEK).
⁃ Expert in the management of keratoconus by means of Collagen Cross Linking, Femtosecond Laser Intra Corneal Rings (Ferrara, Keraring, Intacs, Intacs SK), Topo-Based Excimer Ablations.
⁃ Expert in the correction of postoperative Astigmatism following keratoplasty by means of Femtosecond laser Astigmatic Keratotomies, LASIK, LASEK, PRK, Topo-based surface ablations with Mitomycin C).
⁃ Fully trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) with a 10-month Fellowship under Mr Vincenzo Maurino (2004).
⁃ Thousands of procedures carried out so far.
⁃ Hundreds of femtosecond laser cataract surgeries procedures (FLACS) carried out (with the Alcon LenSx platform).
⁃ Special interest in post laser refractive surgery biometry, complex and high risk cases including pupil reconstruction and management of IOL fixation in the absence of capsular support and aniridia.
⁃ Extensive experience with Artisan Aphakia IOL (front and retropupillary fixation), Artisan Toric IOL, Toric and Mutifocal IOLs.
Laser Refractive Surgery:
⁃ Fully trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) with an 18-month Fellowship under Mr Julian Stevens (2005-06).
⁃ Faculty member at the Moorfields Basic LASIK course in 2005.
⁃ Thousands of procedures carried out so far.
⁃ Expert in Femto LASIK, LASEK, PRK, Trans-PRK, Epi-LASIK.
⁃ Expert in WaveFront Guided, WaveFront Optimized, CustomQ, Topo-based excimer laser corrections.
⁃ Extensive experience with the VISX Star S4 IR, Schwind Amaris 750S, Allegretto WaveLight 500 excimer laser platforms.
⁃ Extensive experience with the IntraLase, iFS, LenSx, FS200 femtosecond laser platforms.
⁃ Experienced in the use of mechanical microkeratomes (Bausch & Lomb Hansatome and Moria M1, which he stopped using in 2007 in favor of the safer Femtosecond laser technology).
Phakic lens Implantation:
⁃ Formally trained and certified by STAAR (Fort Forth, Texas), for the implantation of Visian ICLs and Toric ICLs, including the latest CentraFlow lenses, for the treatment of high myopia and astigmatism.
⁃ Formally trained and certified by Ophtec (Groningen, Holland) for the implantation of Artisan Aphakia, Artisan Toric, Artiflex and Artiflex Toric
⁃ Extensive experience with phakic lens surgery, with hundreds of procedures carried out so far.
Vitreo Retinal surgery
⁃ In 2019 Dr Borasio successfully completed a 2-week full-immersion Course on Vitreo-Retinal Surgery. The course was held in Bremen, Germany, by the European Vitreo Retinal Training School (EVRTS), 29th April to 10th May 2019 and the Faculty included the biggest names in the field from around the world.
Innovator in Ophthalmology:
⁃ In 2006 Dr Borasio developed BESSt, a groundbreaking formula improving the accuracy of IOL power calculation in cataract patients who previously underwent LASIK/PRK. The formula was published on the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and was presented at numerous international Conventions. BESSt was then improved with BESSt 2 (unpublished) and the formula is still amongst the most accurate ones available for this purpose.
⁃ The formulas were then integrated in software programs (“BESSt IOL Power Calculator” and “BESSt 2 IOL Power Calculator”) which are still used by hundreds of ophthalmologists around the world.
⁃ Dr Borasio is a self-taught software programmer and in 2009 he developed “EYE PRO”, the first Ophthalmological App ever released for the iPhone/iPad. Subsequently he released many other Apps “VA Converter”, “BESSt 2”, “AstigMaster”, “AstigPLOT”, “Eye Sketch” which are currently used by > 10,000 ophthalmologists around the world.
Post LASIK/PRK Biometry:
⁃ For his work on post-LASIK biometry and BESSt formula, in 2013 Dr Borasio was awarded Membership at the prestigious “IOL POWER CLUB”, a non- profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of intra-ocular IOL power calculation which meets annually in closed, invitation-only meetings. There are only around 20 members of this organization, among which the fathers of modern biometry such as Kenneth Hoffer, John Retzlaff, Jack Holladay, Wolfgang Haigis, Thomas Olsen, Jaime Aramberri.
Publications and Research activity:
⁃ Dr Borasio authored several peer-reviewed articles on the most prestigious Ophthalmic Scientific Journals. Topics included post LASIK/PRK biometry and Vector analysis of astigmatism following cataract surgery (Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery - JCRS), Vector analysis of astigmatism following limbal relaxing incisions (Graefes Archives of Ophthalmology), genetics of keratoconus (Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Sciences - IOVS).
⁃ Dr Borasio authored a book chapter, “BESSt Biometry with the Pentacam” on the book "Elevation Based Corneal Tomography" (Michael Belin, 2nd Edition, Jaypee-Highlights, 2012).
⁃ Dr Borasio has been involved in collaborative research projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology (London) and several other prestigious hospitals around the world. He was recently involved in a research project with the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center in Barcelona (Spain).
⁃ Dr Borasio has been a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery (JRS) from 2008 to October 2012 and is currently serving as reviewer for the following peer-reviewed scientific journals: Journal of Refractive Surgery, JRS (since March 2008), Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, JCRS (since June 2013), British Journal of Ophthalmology, BJO (since 2012), Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, CEO (since August 2008), Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging, OSLI (since February 2008), KliMo-SOG Edition (since 2017), Eye and Vision (since 2018).
Cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA):
⁃ Since 2015 Dr Borasio has been cooperating with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in malpractice investigations and has served as Chairman of several Investigation Committees.
⁃ Dr Borasio has recently patented two novel methods for Femtosecond Laser Corneal Transplantation, which are very promising in terms of minimal use of sutures and minimal induction of astigmatism.
Awards and prizes:
⁃ October-March 1996: awarded Erasmus Grant to attend the Faculty of Medicine for 6 months at the University of Limburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
⁃ 24-11-2000: Graduation Thesis from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turin (“Optic disc oedemas assessment by means of HRT”) is awarded the “Achille Menzio” Prize for the “best Graduation Thesis in surgical specialities of the Academic Year 1998/99”.
⁃ 6-11-2001: Exempted from the Military Service for “Scientific Merits” (article 7, paragraph 3, Order in Council 30/12/1997 n. 504).
⁃ Awarded the “Società Italiana Laser in Oftalmologia, S.I.L.O., Travel Grant to attend the A.R.V.O. 2005 Annual Meeting, 30 April to 5 May 2005, Fort
⁃ 29-03-2009: Prize for Best Paper of Session (Flattening, Surgically induced
astigmatism (SIA) & torque following Intralase Intacs for the treatment of keratoconus) at the Middle East Council of Ophthalmology, (MEACO), Bahrein.
⁃ Dr Borasio has a passion for winter sports (skiing and snowboarding), water sports (kite-surfing and windsurfing), programming, and drone photography.