Mr. Arthur Cummings

Our Senior Surgeon and Medical Director

Mr Arthur Cummings


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Medical Director. Head of the Department of Ophthalmology Beacon Hospital

Mr. Arthur Cummings is Consultant Eye Surgeon at the Wellington Eye Clinic and Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Beacon Hospital. He has vast experience in LASIK and refractive and cataract surgery and is an internationally renowned expert on customised laser treatments, keratoconus treatments and cataract surgery.

Mr. Cummings has been at the Wellington Eye Clinic since 1998 after relocating from South Africa. He has performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures and 15,000 cataract and other intra-ocular lens procedures. He is involved in lecturing and teaching refractive surgery both locally and internationally and has presented more than 450 lectures at international meetings on the topic of laser eye surgery, corneal cross-linking and cataract surgery. He presents the bi-annual WaveLight Refractive Fellowship Course to surgeons from all over the world and more than 200 ophthalmologists have already attended this course.

He is involved in clinical studies as a medical investigator in various roles including laser refractive surgery, corneal cross-linking, cataract surgery, new IOLs and IOL power calculations. Associate chief medical editor of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe. Reviewer for numerous peer review journals including the Journal of Refractive Surgery and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Past President of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery’s European division (AECOS). Author of the Wellington nomogram used on the WaveLight Excimer lasers around the world. Contributed 12 chapters to various textbooks and co-edited 2 textbooks, one on Corneal Cross-linking and the other on Customised Laser Vision Correction. Presented more than 400 lectures at international conferences and published over 100 articles in trade journals and peer-reviewed journals.
Member of the Medical Advisory Board of more than 10 Ophthalmic companies. In recognition of his contribution to ophthalmology in general, he appeared on The Ophthalmologist’s Top 100 Most Influential Ophthalmologists in 2018 list ( and the top 10 emerging leaders in worldwide ophthalmology for 2019 ( and the Top 100 List for 2020 (


FRCSEd, Ophthalmology
The University of Edinburgh 1995-1995

FCS(SA), Ophthalmology
College of Surgeons South Africa 1994-1994

M.Med (Ophth), Ophthalmology
University of Pretoria 1988-1994

University of Pretoria 1980-1985

Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery
Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2012

Physician CEO
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA 2017


Consultant Ophthalmologist, Head of Department
Beacon Hospital 2007-Present

Medical Director, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Wellington Eye Clinic 1998-Present

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Consultant
Pretoria Eye Institute 1994-1998

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Partner
Ophthalmicare 1995-1998

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Pretoria Academic Hospital / Pretoria University 1995-1998


Laser Vision Correction & other refractive surgeries

Cataract and Clear Lens Surgery

Surgical management of Keratoconus including Corneal Cross-Linking