Dr Anwar graduated with a BSc in 1962 and attained his MBBS at King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan in 1965. He then began his medical career as a Medical Officer (Orthopedics) at Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
Having worked in Libya as a Medical Officer at the Civil Hospital in Benghazi, he later moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he acted as a General Officer at the Military Hospital, GHQ.
Upon gaining his DO (Diploma in Ophthalmology), in 1970 Dr Anwar decided to relocate to the UK, joining Glasgow Eye Infirmary as Resident House Officer (SHO).
From 1971 to 1974 Dr Anwar worked as a Registrar at Glasgow Eye Infirmary. In 1974 he joined the Southern General Hospital, again as Registrar, where he gained experience in Argon Laser Coagulation, Fluorescein Angiography, Ocular Problems of Connective Tissue Diseases, Ocular Traumatic Surgery, Micro-surgical Techniques and IOL Implants, as well as participating in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes.
Dr Anwar became Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist, first at Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling (1980 to 1981) and then at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock (1981 to 1982). After a brief period with the West Midlands Health Authority, in 1983 Dr Anwar-Ul-Haq accepted the position of Senior Registrar (Higher Surgical Training Scheme) with Riyadh University Hospitals, Saudi Arabia.
He later became Consultant Ophthalmologist for the Greater Riyadh Health Authority (Teaching), a position he held from 1986 to 1991. During this time Dr Anwar was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at King Saud University Hospital. As well as undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, he also supervised junior staff training in the department. Four out of six juniors obtained the Fellowship of the College of Ophthalmologists during this period.
In 1991 Dr Anwar made the decision to return to the UK, where he joined Kings College Hospital in London as Locum Senior Ophthalmic Registrar. Having then worked at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, he settled at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where he held the position of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Clinical Leader and Head of the Eye Department from 1992 to 1995. In 1995 he became Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Stonehouse Hospital in Lanarkshire, a position he holds to the present day.
Dr Anwar higher surgical training has allowed him to specialise in the Anterior Segment, Diabetic Eye Disease, Trachoma and its complications, Paediatric and Neuro-Ophthalmology. He has also gained extensive experience in Ocular Trauma. He has presented numerous papers at conferences and is currently involved in an ongoing study into Conjunctival Autograft for Recurrent Pterygium (Saudi Arabia).
Dr Anwar-Ul-Haq joined Optimax’s Glasgow clinic in 1998 and has performed over 4000 Epi-LASEK and almost 1000 LASIK treatments. Married with three children, his hobbies include photography and electronics.