Dr Abi Tenen Ophthalmologist

Dr Abi Tenen


Dr Abi Tenen specialises in refractive and cataract surgery. She is expert in laser eye surgery and was the first Australian female surgeon to qualify in the use of Intralase femtosecond laser technology. Her areas of specialty are LASIK, ASLA, implantable contact lens surgery, refractive lens exchange, keratoconus, collagen cross-linking, intracorneal rings (Keraring), pterygium surgery with conjunctival autografting and cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants.

Career highlights

  • Dr Tenen currently holds the academic title of Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University. She is also the Unit Coordinator for the postgraduate ophthalmic course in the Monash School of Primary Healthcare.
  • She runs a keratoconus clinic at Vision Eye Institute Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) and has also set up a service alongside her refractive practice for Revitalvision: a new program aimed at improving vision via neural adaptation.
  • Dr Tenen's memberships include the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS) – she is on the AUSCRS Executive Committee – and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – she was the only international member appointed on the Knowledge Base Panel for Refractive Management/Intervention commencing in 2013.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology


Dr Tenen has been involved in research exploring new models of intra-ocular lenses and her work has been presented at conferences both in Australia and internationally. She has written for medical journals and has lectured widely to registrars, medical students, optometrists, general practitioners and emergency medicine physicians with frequent invitations as a keynote speaker.

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Tenen has volunteered in areas of need, performing cataract surgery and offering general ophthalmic services in developing nations with the US-based organisation SEE International.

Education & training

  • Dr Tenen graduated in Medicine and Surgery with Honours from The University of New South Wales in 1997. She held a number of residency positions in both NSW and Victoria, including Senior Neurosurgical Resident at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She underwent ophthalmic surgical training at Sydney Eye Hospital and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, where she was later appointed as a senior staff member. She completed a fellowship in refractive surgery in 2004, during which time she was involved in the introduction of femtosecond laser technology to Australia.

Personal life

Dr Tenen is married with two daughters. She has a passion for adventurous travel with her family and also loves art, design, music and yoga. She has been involved with various charitable organisations supporting education and self-sufficiency.

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