Professor Lai is the Acting Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong, the Chief of Service of the Department of Ophthalmology, Queen Mary Hospital, the Honorary Director of the Glaucoma Department at the Tianjin Eye Hospital, Visiting Professor at the Nankai University Eye Hospital, Guest Professor at the Shenzhen Eye Hospital, Honorary Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, visiting lecturer of the School of Optometry, the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology in 2003-2005 and 2013-2015 and is now the President of the Hong Kong College of Ophthalmologists. He is also member of the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Ophthalmology, Graefe’s Archives for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Journal of Ophthalmology and Research Ophthalmology. Professor Lai is the executive member of the Asian Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness and Honorary Consultant of the Hong Kong Glaucoma patient Association. He serves on the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) International Expert Panel, Ministry of Health, Singapore and Grant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Grant, Hong Kong. He was granted the Distinguished Service Award and the and the DeOcampel Lecture Award by the Asian-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in 2005 and 2015 respectively.
Professor Lai graduated at the University of Hong Kong in 1983 and received his pre-fellowship training in the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh and post-fellowship training in the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, and the Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan. He is a pioneer in glaucoma research in Hong Kong, in particular, the use of argon laser peripheral iridoplasty (ALPI) as the initial treatment of acute angle closure glaucoma and acute phacomorphic glaucoma and introducing the selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), ExPress glaucoma shunt implant and goniosynechialysis (GSL) to Hong Kong for the treatment of open angle and closed angle glaucoma. He obtained his Doctoral degree (MD) in 2004 and the thesis was “Argon laser peripheral iridoplasty in the treatment of acute primary angle-closure attack”. His research interest also includes normal tension glaucoma where he studies the risk factors associated with normal tension glaucoma. Professor Lai is also involved in basic science research. Some of the research areas of interest include glaucoma animal model, neuroprotection, electrical stimulation, traditional Chinese medicine, aqueous proteomics, collagen cross-linking, corneal biomechanics, exercise, far-infrared and supersaturated oxygen therapy.