A/Prof Colin Chan is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. He is an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE® and ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and lens implant. He has extensive experience in cataract surgery and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery. A/Prof Chan also specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions, with a focus on keratoconus, pterygium and dry eye. He has expertise in techniques such as corneal ring implants (using Intacs and Kerarings) and corneal transplants, and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform collagen cross-linking for keratoconus.
After completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours at the University of Melbourne, A/Prof Chan became a medical and surgical registrar at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He then undertook ophthalmic surgery training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital, before completing a fellowship in corneal and laser eye surgery at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and at the University of California, Irvine. A/Prof Chan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Chan has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and is on a number of academic committees, including the Ocular Therapeutics Committee at the Australian College of Optometry, and the Human Research and Ethics Committee and the Registrar Training Program Committee at RANZCO.
A/Prof Chan practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood.
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Dr Simon Chen is a retinal specialist, vitreoretinal surgeon and laser cataract surgeon. He is an expert in modern treatments for age-related macular degeneration and sutureless retinal surgery, and is a principal investigator for numerous international clinical trials of new treatments for retinal disease. Dr Chen was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery and regularly receives referrals for complex cataract surgery, especially in patients with retinal disease or ocular trauma, or following complications from previous eye surgery. He was the first surgeon in the world to perform combined laser cataract surgery and vitreoretinal surgery.
Dr Chen was born and educated in London, UK. He graduated in medicine and surgery from the University of London, then trained in ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK. He undertook extensive advanced training in retinal and cataract surgery during fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital, UK and Lions Eye Institute, Australia. This experience and international training enables Dr Chen to manage the full range of routine and complex retinal problems. Dr Chen has been selected to treat many doctors, nurses, optometrists and their closest relatives, who trust his reputation for intricate microsurgery, passion for excellence and communication skills. Dr Chen is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and over 30 articles in the non-peer-reviewed medical literature, covering various aspects of retinal disease.
Dr Chen practises at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Drummoyne.
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Prof Robyn Guymer is an accomplished retinal ophthalmologist who was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology in June 2018. She was also awarded the NHMRC’s 2016 Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for the top-ranked female research fellowship in clinical medicine. Professor Guymer holds a number of positions, including Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and Senior Retinal Specialist at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Leading a team of 20 researchers, Prof Guymer studies age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and is currently investigating new strategies for treating early stages of AMD with a nanosecond laser. Prof Guymer has been a principal investigator in many industry-sponsored trials and serves on several pharmaceutical advisory boards. She is part of the International Mactel consortium, the Beckman/Ryan AMD initiative (USA) and the International Classification of Atrophy (CAM) group. Prof Guymer is a member of the Macular Society and an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
With over 16 years of experience, Dr Tess Huynh is a highly respected cataract, corneal and refractive surgeon who is actively involved in research, teaching and charity work. She is one of the most experienced laser cataract surgeons in Australasia, with expertise in all of the available laser platforms. Her significant expertise with cataracts allows her to perform both routine cataract surgery, as well as more complex cataract surgery for patients with co-occurring eye conditions. Dr Huynh also specialises in corneal conditions – she has a particular interest in collagen cross-linking to treat keratoconus, pterygium surgery using autografting, and corneal transplantation, including all lamellar surgery. In addition, Dr Huynh performs laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE and ASLA/PRK) and treats more general eye conditions. She was awarded the Pharmacia Grant for establishing a retinopathy-of-prematurity screening program at the National Paediatric Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, in conjunction with an honorary position at the Royal Children’s Hospital International Charity Organisation.
Dr Huynh received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney. She completed her ophthalmology training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, before undertaking a Corneal Fellowship at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Victoria. Dr Huynh’s teaching positions include Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University Hospital and Lecturer for the Master of Refractive Surgery program at the University of Sydney. She also lectures at certification courses for national and international ophthalmologists, and sits on the College Board of Examiners for the RANZCO Ophthalmic Basic Competencies and Knowledge (OBCK) exam. Dr Huynh has a passion for helping the less privileged and has been involved in charity work in Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines. She has been actively involved as a volunteer surgeon and fundraiser for the Vietnam Vision Project since 2006. Other organisations that Dr Huynh volunteers for include Australian Health and Humanitarian Aid/Rotary Club, Cambodia Vision, Sight For All and Christian Blind Mission International. Dr Huynh presents extensively at conferences in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Huynh practises at Vision Eye Institute Hurstville.
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Mr Jacob is Clinical Relationship Manager at Vision Australia. Mr Jacob has held the posts of Senior Orthoptist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Corneal Transplant Coordinator at the Save Sight Institute, Sydney Eye Hospital. His interests lie in the advancement of services and clinical understanding in the area of low vision and blindness. He conducts continuing professional development sessions about low vision for ophthalmic registrars, general practitioners, orthoptists, optometrists and allied health professionals. Mr Jacob is currently on the steering committee of the NSW Health Department’s Agency for Clinical Innovation (Ophthalmology Network) project to develop a resource for medical, nursing and ancillary staff at public hospitals that enhances their understanding of the needs and treatment of blind and low vision patients.
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Dr Mark Jacobs is an experienced general ophthalmologist who treats a range of eye conditions, including glaucoma and pterygium. He also specialises in laser cataract surgery and was one of the first surgeons in Australia to perform laser cataract surgery, using the first femtosecond laser in the country. He is a member of staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital and a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
Dr Jacobs qualified as an ophthalmic surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital in 1989. He then worked in London, where he was a fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children and Moorfields Eye Hospital. After qualifying as an ophthalmologist, he attained a doctorate in medicine (MD, University of New South Wales) for original research of an international standing. He has been a co-supervisor of both PhD and master’s thesis students. Dr Jacobs has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals and presented at international ophthalmology meetings. In the past, Dr Jacobs has been invited to review grant applications for the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and journal articles for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr Jacobs practises at Vision Eye Institute Drummoyne.
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A/Prof Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, having performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. He is a clinical associate professor at Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and is recognised throughout the world as an authority on laser eye surgery. A/Prof Lawless’s expertise encompasses laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®), cataract and lens replacement surgery (including laser cataract surgery) and phakic intraocular lenses. In addition to his refractive work, A/Prof Lawless treats corneal conditions using procedures such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation.
A/Prof Lawless graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney. Ophthalmology training in Sydney was followed by two years of sub-speciality education, a corneal and external diseases fellowship with Professor Doug Coster in Adelaide, and a second fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery with Professor Richard Troutman at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York. A/Prof Lawless has published over 100 scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature, written 30 textbook chapters on corneal laser and cataract topics, and continues to be an investigator in clinical trials.
A/Prof Lawless practises at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction and Chatswood.
Marco Muscardo is Franchise Director of Ophthalmology for Novartis. Marco has 18 years’ experience in pharmaceutical and consumer businesses, including over 10 years in senior leadership roles across major multinationals. Marco holds a postgraduate degree in business management. Marco and Novartis aim to put the customer and patient at the heart of everything they do, while also fostering an environment that drives innovation.
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Dr David Ng is a general ophthalmologist who treats a broad range of conditions. He has considerable experience in performing laser cataract surgery and was part of the first team in the Southern Hemisphere to use laser technology for cataract surgery. He regularly lectures on this area to optometrists and other doctors. Dr Ng also has a particular interest in glaucoma and medical diseases of the retina, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. Dr Ng regularly manages and treats eyelid lesions and pterygium. For pterygium surgery, he uses tissue glue to reduce the need for sutures. Dr Ng often travels to developing countries to perform charity cataract surgery and is also a designated aviation ophthalmologist (DAO).
Dr Ng received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney, and later completed his Master of Public Health at the same university. He gained a wide breadth of clinical expertise in neurosurgery and plastic surgery prior to commencing his ophthalmology training at the renowned Sydney Eye Hospital. Dr Ng is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney School of Medicine. Through his great interest in medical mission, he has worked in Tanzania as well as in the Northern Territory with the Aboriginal population. He has travelled to China many times to provide volunteer services. In 2014 and 2015, he travelled to Kratie, Cambodia to perform cataract surgery with Cambodia Vision.
Dr Ng practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood, Drummoyne and Mosman.
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Tim Roberts is Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Sydney and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma and was awarded a Master of Medicine in glaucoma from the University of Sydney.
Dr Roberts research interests include new-generation formulas for calculating IOL power; the application of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery; presbyopia-correcting IOLs; digital imaging systems and toric lenses in astigmatism management; complex cataract surgery and ocular trauma repair; minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS); fixed-combination and slow-release glaucoma therapies; and medical ethics and education. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and editorials, and continues to present his research locally and internationally.
Dr Roberts serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lens and Cataract textbook, and as Cataract Section Editor for Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. He sits on various government, industry, and professional advisory boards and has worked with local and international indigenous eye care programs. He has supervised ophthalmology trainees for the RANZCO Board of Examiners and currently serves as Academic Coordinator for The University of Sydney Northern School of Medicine.
A/Prof Roberts practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood and Mosman.
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Dr Athena Roufas is a cataract, corneal and glaucoma specialist. She has extensive cataract surgery experience, including complex cataract removals in patients with uveitis, advanced or dense cataracts, angle-closure glaucoma and eye trauma, and in those who have had a vitrectomy. Dr Roufas also treats a range of corneal conditions, with particular expertise in corneal transplantation, collagen cross-linking, pterygium surgery and dry eye. For glaucoma treatment, Dr Roufas specialises in trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage devices.
Dr Roufas received a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, and a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science from the University of New South Wales. She completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment trauma at King’s College Hospital in London. Dr Roufas spent many years as a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute (Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health). More recently, Dr Roufas undertook research on an adhesive drug delivery technology for corneal and scleral wounds at the Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Sydney.
Dr Roufas practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood and Mosman.