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 and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology 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 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 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 300 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.

Many refractive surgeons from all over the world have come to the Wellington Eye Clinic to learn advanced techniques. In recognition of his contributions to refractive surgery world-wide, Mr. Cummings was awarded the WaveLight Global Ambassador Award in 2006. While he retains a strong interest in general ophthalmology, he continues to be involved in the latest developments in cataract and refractive surgery.

He is also a member of the WaveLight Beta Site group and on the medical advisory boards of a number of international companies for lasers and IOL’s (intra-ocular lenses). He is a reviewer for many of the field’s foremost journals (e.g. Journal of Refractive Surgery and the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery) as well as being Associate Chief Medical Editor of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today Europe. He is the current President of the European Division of AECOS (American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery) and serves on the board of the American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. For further information see

Dr Cummings is a 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 (

Mr Cummings has a personal website too. For those that require further information, it can be accessed via


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