BSc MBBS FRCOphth FEBO FAMS FRANZCO
Dr Jason Cheng is a glaucoma specialist with extensive surgical and laser experience, including trabeculectomy, tube implant, angle surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). He is actively involved in research in the field of glaucoma and has been part of several commercial and multicentre trials as principal and co-investigator. His current projects look to improve the quality of treatment for glaucoma patients through medication, laser and surgery. Dr Cheng is also a highly experienced cataract surgeon and is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW Medicine.
Dr Cheng completed his medical training and Bachelor of Science at Imperial College London, UK. He did one year of basic medical officer training in Sydney, before returning to England for general ophthalmology training, which included two years at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. He then completed two separate glaucoma subspecialty fellowships, one at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and a second at the University of Toronto, Canada, which was funded by a Royal College of Ophthalmologist Scholarship. Dr Cheng went on to work in Singapore as a glaucoma consultant in a public hospital for three years, where he was appointed to the board of the Operating Theatre Committee and Medical Care Quality Committee. He was also a clinical lecturer at the University of Singapore, where he received a teaching excellence award as voted by medical students. He received an innovation research grant to develop new technology and was a part of a team that developed an ophthalmic mobile app that won an IT excellence award from the Singapore Ministry of Health. Dr Cheng is currently in the visiting teaching faculty for the Pacific Eye Institute, Fiji (RANZCO and Fred Hollows Foundation NZ).
Dr Cheng practises at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction and Hurstville.
MD MBBCh FRANZCO FRACS FRCOphth
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 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.
MBBS MPH FRANZCO
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 pro-bono cataract surgery and is also a designated aviation ophthalmologist (DAO). He is the Medical Director of China Vision, an Australian-based charity that conducts cataract surgery missions in China. As part of Dr Ng’s work for China Vision, he visited Qingxin city, Guangdong in 2018 to perform cataract surgery.
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.
MBBS MMed FRANZCO FRACS GAICD
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.
MBBS(Hons) BSc(Med) MMed(OphthalSci) FRANZCO
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, as well as 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. She is a consultant and involved in teaching and supervising trainee ophthalmologists at Sydney Eye Hospital and Royal Alfred Prince Hospital.
Dr Roufas consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Mosman.