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Lloyd Williams

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases
2351 Erwin Road, Box 3802, Durham, NC 27705


Dr. Williams completed his fellowship in cornea transplant, anterior segment, and refractive surgery at Johns Hopkins. He performs all forms of corneal transplant including DSAEK, DMEK, DALK and penetrating keratoplasty. He also does bladeless LASIK, PRK, ICL, and refractive lens exchange for refractive surgery, helping people live free of glasses and contact lenses. An expert in cataract surgery, he specializes in complex cataracts and fixing problems from prior surgeries and trauma including lens exchange and iris surgery including implantation of artificial iris. 

He is the director of Duke Global Ophthalmology Program, “Duke GO.”  The program is focused on restoring sight for people across the globe. A focus of the program is working with international ophthalmologists to teach residents and young surgeons around the world to provide high quality eye care and surgery. Dr. Williams performs hundreds of cataract surgeries and corneal transplants around the world every year. Duke GO also works to exposing residents and fellows to essential training necessary to address blindness and inequities in the global community. 

Dr. Williams has performed thousands of cataract surgeries in Africa, Central America, and other areas of the world. He performed the first ever corneal transplant in Sierra Leone in 2021. He continues to be active in international ophthalmology and humanitarian work.

He began his career in engineering after completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science and engineering. After doing medical research as an engineer, he went on to complete a master’s degree in Physiology and a PhD in neuroscience working on projects to develop and understand devices for identifying volatile organic compounds for detecting land mines. 

Dr. Williams is the 2024 president elect of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Williams continues to be active in international ophthalmology and humanitarian work. He is the founder and chairman of the board of HelpMercy International and a founder of the MoranCore ophthalmology educational website.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology · 2021 - Present Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology
Director of Duke Global Ophthalmology · 2021 - Present Ophthalmology, Clinical Science Departments
Director of Refractive Surgery · 2024 - Present Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2020 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Tufts University, School of Medicine · 2008 M.D.
Tufts University · 2008 Ph.D.