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Dr. Devesh Varma


Dr. Devesh Varma is recognized across Canada as a leader in Ophthalmology.


Dr. Varma specializes in the full range of glaucoma surgery performing a full spectrum of complex as well as newer minimally invasive procedures. In addition to routine and refractive cataract surgery, he has particular expertise in high risk cataracts, the repair of complications from cataract surgery and reconstruction of the front portion of the eye.

He graduated first in his class in Engineering at Dalhousie University, then completed his medical school in Halifax, a residency in Ophthalmology in Saskatoon and a fellowship in Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery at the University of Toronto under Dr. Ike Ahmed.

In 2010, Dr. Varma joined the Prism Eye Institute – a large multidisciplinary practice with locations in Mississauga and Brampton where he is now a senior partner. He has served over 100,000 patients, performed over 7,000 surgeries and over 15,000 laser procedures. Dr. Varma operates at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Kensington Eye Institute and TLC Mississauga

Dr. Varma is an Assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, where he leads undergraduate ophthalmology teaching at the Mississauga campus, teaches residents, fellows and delivers a wide variety of continuing education programs for practicing physicians. He also chairs the Emerging Leaders Program for Ophthalmologists at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Varma actively conducts research and has special interests in angle closure glaucoma and new technologies, having authored over 20 publications and delivered over 100 presentations at national and international conferences.



2000, Bachelor of Engineering, Dalhousie University (University Medal)


2004, Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University


2009, Ophthalmology, University of Saskatchewan


2010, Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery, University of Toronto


Trillium Health Partners Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014

UofT Department of Ophthalmology Fellowship Scholarship Canadian Medical Association Young Leaders Award, 2009

Dalhousie University Medal, Engineering (#1 ranking)

Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers Gold Medal


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Canadian Medical Association

Ontario Medical Association Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Canadian Glaucoma Society

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

American Glaucoma Society

Faculty of 1000


Varma DK, Simpson SM, Rai AS and Ahmed IK.  Undetected angle closure in patients with a diagnosis of open angle glaucoma.  (submitted, under review)

Varma DK, Kletke SN, Rai AS and Ahmed IK.  Proportion of narrow angles or angle closure in cataract surgery referrals.  (submitted, under review)

Vera V, Naqi A, Belovay GW, Varma DK and Ahmed IK. Dysphotopsia after temporal versus superior laser peripheral iridotomy: a prospective randomized paired eye trial. American journal of ophthalmology. 2014 May;157(5):929

Varma DK, Belovay GW, Tam DY and Ahmed IK.  Malignant glaucoma after cataract surgery. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  2014 Nov:40(11):1843

Russel KA, Milne AD, Varma DK, Josephson K, Tompson B, Lee JM. Three-dimensional morphologic nasal surface characteristics that predict the extremes of aesthetics in patients with cleft lip and palate.  Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Journal.  2011 Jan;48(1):28-37

Belovay GW, Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Cataract Surgery in Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2010 Jan;21(1):25-34

Haymes SA, Hutchison DM, McCormick TB, Varma DK, Nicolela MT, Leblanc RP, Chauhan BC.  Glaucomatous visual field progression with frequency doubling technology and standard automated perimetry in a longitudinal prospective study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Feb;46(2):547-54

Rai A, Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Suture fixation of iris-claw IOL. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 2012 Mar;38(5):743

Habeeb, Syed Y, Varma DK, and Ahmed IK. Oblique illumination and trypan blue to enhance visualization through corneal scars. Can J Ophthalmol. 2011 Dec;46(6):555-6

Varma DK, Shaikh VM, Hillson TR, Ahmed IK. Migration of retained broken chopper tip after phacoemulsification. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  2010 May;36(5):657-60  

Varma DK, Brownstein S, Hodge WG, Faraji H. Generalized Posterior Keratoconus: Clinical Pathological Correlations. Can J Ophthalmol. 2008 Aug;43(4):480-2

Syed YH, Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Oblique illumination and trypan blue to enhance visualization through corneal scars in cataract surgery (case). Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2011 Dec;46(6):555-56. 

Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Chopper and Sideport Incision Leakage (letter). Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 2010 Feb;36(2):362.

Podbielski DW, Tam DY, Naqi A, Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Endoscopic Cycloplasty: A novel technique for the management of angle closure glaucoma secondary to plateau iris syndrome. Glaucoma Today. In Press

Belovay GW, Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Using AS-OCT in practice; Perspectives from anterior segment and glaucoma surgeons. Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today. March 2010.

Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Management of Angle Closure in the Nanophthalmic Patient: Challenging Cases. Glaucoma Today

Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Coloboma and cataract: Cataract Surgery Complex Case Management. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.  (In Press).

Varma DK, Ahmed IK. Phacodonesis and a subluxated crystalline lens: Cataract Surgery Complex Case Management. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.  March 2010.