Meet Dr. Joshi

Meet Dr. Joshi

DSC00718We have an excellent and dedicated team including our medical director, Dr. Mukesh Joshi who is considered to be a pioneer of these ophthalmic surgeries in East Africa.

Dr. Mukesh Joshi is the Medical Director of the Laser Eye Centre and has been a consultant ophthalmologist for 25 years. He is a pioneer in bringing the latest ophthalmic care and procedures to East and Central Africa and is one of the most experienced and respected laser eye surgeons in Asia and Africa.

Having been born in East Africa, he always wanted to come back to his roots. Therefore in 1979, Dr. Mukesh Joshi came back to Kenya where he worked for the Ministry of Health for five years.  He was in charge of eye treatment of the largest province in Kenya (The Rift Valley).

Since 1984 he has been in Kenya practicing as a consultant ophthalmologist and is the Medical Director of the Laser Eye Centre since 1989.

Qualifications and professional memberships

Dr. Joshi has earned a first class honours in MBBS, DOMS and Masters in Ophthalmology in India. Additionally, at the age of 27 he was the youngest person to be made an assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in India and the head of a separate Eye Unit at Irwin Group of hospitals.

Dr. Joshi is a member of the ‘American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) and the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS).  Dr. Joshi was also appointed as a global expert in Germany. He is experienced in glaucoma surgery, Ocular surface disorder i.e. Pterygium (he was the first to do the amniotic membrane), Squint operation, and Occuloplasty repair such as Blepharachalasis.  

International society membership and international congress participation

Dr. Joshi has been a guest speaker at the following prestigious events:

  • Invited to ESCRS Congress, Stockholm for his experience in Epi-LASIK (2008)
  • Invited as a founder member of the International Cross-Linking Society to discuss the management of keratoconus by ESCRS Congress, Zurich, (2005)
  • Invited to provide training on cross-linking with Prof. Theo Siler (Switzerland), and Prof. Michael Morchon by AAO, Switzerland (2008)
  • Invited as a faculty on cross-linking and Epi-LASIK by India Ophthalmology Society (2009)
  • Chaired a session at the MEACO congress on cross-linking and appointed as a coordinator of corneal diseases (2009)
  • Guest speaker at the South African Cataract and Refractive Society (SASCRS) for cross-linking and Epi-LASIK(2009)
  • Guest faculty in a ‘meet the experts’ session at the 5th International Cross-Linking Society meeting, Leipzig, Germany covering the application of Epi-LASIK in modern ophthalmology (2009)

Charitable work

Apart frobutton_ruralblindness_150m focusing on both his academic and professional experience, Dr. Joshi also believes in giving back to the society.

He is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi and under the banner of the Kenya Rural Eradication Blindness Project, Dr. Joshi and his team have performed over 15,000 free cataract and 100 free corneal transplant operations in Kenya. He has been awarded the highest award, the Paul Harris fellowship, for this work.

Although not currently associated with any Lions activity, Dr. Joshi was a past member of Lions Club from 1979 to 1989. During the 10 years he and his team performed 5000 cataract and 100 corneal transplant operations and was awarded the best Lion of the year by the Lions Club of Nakuru, Nairobi.

Dr. Mukesh Joshi has been also honored with the Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India) by the NRI (Non-Residential Indian) welfare society of India. He was presented this award on the eve of republic day of India 25th January 2012.

About Laser Eye Centre

Laser Eye Centre is the first centre in East and Central Africa to offer the following ophthalmic treatments:

  • Laser Vision Correction – Since 7 years – Now with the new ‘No touch Laser’ – C-TEN technology for the first time in Africa and Asia.
  • International gold standard for cataract surgery (Phaco-emulsification) – for 15 years
  • Cross-linking for keratoconus – Since 5 years first centre to start in Africa (Now cross-linking in 5 minutes)
  • Corneal transplants – for over 20 years
  • Laser assisted corneal transplant (CLAT) for the first time in Africa
  • Laser treatment for diabetic eye disease – for more than 20 years

Apart from the above, we also offer full treatment for a wide range of eye conditions such as:

Laser Eye Centre Firsts:

These are some of the cutting edge ophthalmic treatments that Dr. Joshi at the Laser Eye Centre was the first to offer in East and Central Africa:

  • LASIK and Epi-LASIK Laser Vision Correction, and now the latest with the fastest laser machine” No Touch No Cut Laser”
  • Cross-linking for keratoconus now in five minutes
  • Phacoemulsification, which is the international gold standard for cataract surgery
  • Implants for cataract surgery
  • Corneal transplant doing for 30 year and now corneal transplants can be done by laser (CLAT)
  • Laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy