Our doctor team includes a mix of partners and associates – many of whom have introduced new surgical techniques and technologies into Australia and are highly regarded by their peers, both locally and internationally. They provide high-quality, best-practice care for patients, with the support of 450 skilled professionals and access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Vision Eye Institute ophthalmologists are some of the most experienced in the country, and are often asked to participate in trials, deliver findings at international conferences and author articles and book chapters.
Dr Jerome Ha has expertise in cataract surgery, retinal diseases (medical retina), glaucoma and ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and later completed a Master in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) at the University of Sydney. Dr Ha undertook his ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital and subsequently completed fellowships in comprehensive ophthalmology (Sydney) and oculoplastics (UK). He has been involved in the surgical training of future ophthalmologists both in Australia and the UK and has published research papers on medical retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to English, Dr Ha speaks fluent Mandarin.
Dr Ralph Higgins is a highly esteemed ophthalmologist with special interests in glaucoma and general ophthalmology. For many years, Dr Higgins has been a member of the Glaucoma Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital. Within this unit, he was previously the Head of Department, as well as the past Chair of the Staff. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr Higgins has been awarded the Medal of the College of Ophthalmology for his involvement with the teaching of trainees and his services to the college. He has also been awarded the certificate of outstanding service to the College of Surgeons.
Dr Hoffman is an ophthalmic surgeon with a keen interest in the latest laser-assisted cataract surgery and is able to offer his patients the full spectrum of lens choices. He manages glaucoma, dry eye and lid disorders and is committed to providing complete eye care for his patients. Dr Hoffmann also has over 10 years of experience performing intravitreal therapies. He has carried out over 10,000 intravitreal injections for wet macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion. Dr Hoffman is also a visiting consultant (Senior Medical Staff) at Western Hospital. After completing his medical training in 1996 and a Master of Health Ethics in 2003, Dr Hoffman studied ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He completed his fellowship training in Cheltenham, UK, in 2007.
Dr Hurley trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he served as Senior Registrar. Dr Hurley undertook fellowship training in glaucoma at Cambridge University, UK, and studied ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology at Duke University, North Carolina. His areas of interest include cataract surgery and glaucoma management, including glaucoma drainage surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). He has previously held public hospital appointments at The Northern Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Dr Kim is a highly regarded eye surgeon committed to providing quality care for his patients. His interests include the latest innovations in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation (DMEK/DALK), keratoconus management (collagen cross-linking and intrasomal corneal implants), refractive surgery, strabismus and pterygium surgery. Dr Kim works in both private and public clinics. He is a Staff Specialist in the Corneal Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH), where he previously completed subspeciality training in corneal and cataract surgery. In addition, Dr Kim also trained in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the prestigious Toronto Western Hospital in Canada. As an expert in his field, Dr Kim has published over 50 scientific articles in international medical journals, as well as two book chapters. He has also presented at numerous Australian and international scientific meetings. Dr Kim is fluent in both English and Korean.
Dr La Nauze is a passionate ophthalmologist with an extensive surgical background. He has trained at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, as well as in Cambridge, UK. Upon his return to Australia, Dr La Nauze worked in Albury, NSW for 20 years. He then moved back to Melbourne and began consulting at Vision Eye Institute Footscray, where he has remained for the past 18 years. Dr La Nauze was a member of the Medical Directorate and subsequent Board member of the Fred Hollows Foundation. He has undertaken many clinical and surgical trips to remote areas of Queensland and the South Pacific and has led many surgical training teams to Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
Dr Lei Liu has over a decade of local and international experience, having trained and practised in Germany, the UK and Australia. Over the course of her career, Dr Liu has developed particular expertise in glaucoma filtration and drainage surgery, cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and combined procedures for both cataracts and glaucoma. Additionally, Dr Liu diagnoses and treats a range of more general eye conditions. She is also an ophthalmology consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Alfred Hospital.
Prof Frank Martin is a highly experienced paediatric ophthalmologist with subspeciality training in strabismus. He also has a particular interest in amblyopia and the management of adult strabismus. Formerly Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 22 years, Prof Martin is currently a Visiting Medical Officer in Ophthalmology at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. He was also involved in the development and implementation of the StEPS Preschool Vision Screening program. Prof Martin is a Clinical Professor at the University of Sydney. He has received a number of distinguished awards nationally and internationally, including the RANZCO College Medal.
Dr Peter Martin is a leading Australian oculoplastic surgeon (performing reconstructive eye surgery) and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Save Sight Institute within the University of Sydney. He trained under the doyen of oculoplastics at Sydney Eye Hospital and did additional training at Moorfields Eye Hospital from 1980–1985. Dr Martin has a special interest in eyelid reconstruction, lacrimal surgery, and orbital work and trauma (particularly thyroid orbitopathy). Since their infancy in 1996, he has used CO2 lasers with eyelid and facial rejuvenation surgery. During his time as Chairman of the Oculoplastic unit at Sydney Eye Hospital (over 25 years), Dr Martin established the Wetlab and currently remains the co-ordinator of registrar training in microsurgical and oculoplastic surgery. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr Martin has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, contributed a chapter on oculoplastic surgery and lectured both nationally and internationally. Dr Martin also introduced the Stealth Navigation System at the Sydney Eye Hospital for orbital surgery in 2019.
Dr Roger McGuinness is highly experienced in cataract and intraocular lens surgery, retinal detachment surgery, as well as argon and YAG laser procedures. Dr McGuinness completed his training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK, where he worked with Sir Harold Ridley who pioneered the use of intraocular lenses in cataract surgery. In addition, he has also worked for the Medical Research Council and has obtained a Doctor of Medicine Degree for his thesis on ‘Cataract Aetiology’ which was supervised by Professor A L Cochrane. Alongside his clinical appointments, Dr McGuinness was also a senior lecturer in ophthalmology at the University of New South Wales and Prince of Wales Hospital, where in his early years he worked with Prof Fred Hollows of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Following the completion of his medical degree with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2002, Dr Daniel McKay undertook specialist ophthalmology training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). During this time, he was awarded the RANZCO Undergraduate and Ophthalmic Pathology Medals. Dr McKay then went on to complete further fellowship training in cataract surgery and medical retina at Monash Health, as well as ocular oncology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr McKay is a dedicated member of the ophthalmic research community, having published numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is also a section author for Ocular Oncology in the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.
Dr Athena Roufas is a comprehensive anterior segment surgeon, with extensive experience in cataracts and glaucoma. She also treats a range of corneal conditions, with particular expertise in corneal transplantation, collagen cross-linking, pterygium surgery and dry eye. Dr Roufas completed her ophthalmology training in Sydney prior to undertaking further subspecialty training in glaucoma at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. She then travelled to the UK where she completed another subspeciality training in cornea and anterior segment at King’s College Hospital in London. Dr Roufas is one of a few surgeons in Australia to have expertise in both corneal conditions and glaucoma. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr Roufas is actively involved in research and teaching. She speaks both English and Greek.
Dr Dina El Sayed is a skilled ophthalmologist with special interests in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus (ocular motility or squint) and neuro-ophthalmology. She also has significant expertise in diagnosing and managing cataracts, retinal diseases, ocular surface conditions and corneal diseases, as well as more general eye conditions. Dr Sayed has trained and practised in Egypt, Scotland and Australia. During her time in Egypt, she also lectured in paediatric ophthalmology at Alexandria University for over 10 years. Dr Sayed and is fluent in both English and Arabic.
Dr Alexander Tan is a highly skilled comprehensive general ophthalmologist. He has significant expertise in the field of cataract surgery and has successfully performed over 3,000 cataract procedures. Dr Tan has a special interest in treating all ophthalmic disease, including glaucoma, retinal disease and diseases of the eyelid. He also performs oculoplastic surgery. Dr Tan prides himself on his communication and surgical expertise and is committed to working together with patients to achieve the best possible outcome. He holds public appointments at Monash Health and Eastern Health (Lilydale) and remains enthusiastically engaged with teaching ophthalmology trainees, as well as contributing his expertise towards clinical trials.
Dr Bob Wang is a highly skilled cataract surgeon and manages glaucoma with medications, laser (iridotomy, iridoplasty, selective laser trabeculoplasty) and surgery (trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery). He also has significant experience diagnosing and managing age-related macular degeneration (intravitreal injections, retinal lasers), diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular diseases. Following the completion of his medical and optometry degrees, Dr Wang undertook ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH). He then completed fellowships in medical retina and glaucoma at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK, and RVEEH respectively. Dr Wang has published many peer-reviewed articles and has presented his research at both domestic and international conferences. In addition, he also teaches and mentors medical students and ophthalmology registrars. Dr Wang holds public appointments at RVEEH, The Alfred Hospital and Monash Health. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
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