Dr Alex Ioannidis | Ophthalmologist: cataracts, corneal & more
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Dr Alex Ioannidis Ophthalmologist

Dr Alex Ioannidis

Dr Alex Ioannidis


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Dr Alex Ioannidis is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon with a special interest in small incision cataract surgery. He also provides both conventional and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). Dr Ioannidis has expertise in modern intraocular lens (IOL) technology including monofocal IOLs, extended depth of field (EDOF) IOLs and presbyopia-correcting IOLs (MFIOL).

Dr Ioannidis treats complex cataract cases such as those seen in patients with coexisting eye diseases, including glaucoma and macular degeneration. He offers cataract surgery combined with other surgical procedures, which include minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) using the iStent inject system. In addition, Dr Ioannidis provides a range of treatments for patients with anterior segment diseases (disorders of the front part of the eye) using the latest diagnostic and surgical laser technology.

Other areas of interest include management of corneal disorders including keratoconus, for which he performs collagen cross-linking. He has also perfected his technique of micrograft pterygium surgery, using a biological adhesive to apply the graft without the need for sutures.

During his consultations, Dr Ioannidis discusses a surgical plan and recommends the appropriate treatment to meet individual visual needs. He takes into consideration the general eye health of the patient, in order to optimise refractive outcomes.

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Career highlights


  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Department of Surgery, Medical School, University of Melbourne, Victoria (2014 – present)
  • Involved in clinical and surgical training of ophthalmology trainees, optometry students and medical students
  • Teaches advanced cataract surgery techniques to the senior ophthalmology registrars at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

Other professional achievements

  • Expertise in the use of toric, bifocal and trifocal intraocular lens technology
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) with three years of experience performing combined cataract and iStent surgery
  • Dual-fellowship-trained ophthalmic specialist
  • Part of an international working group that helped develop a classification system for the ocular features in Anderson-Fabry Disease
  • Consultant ophthalmologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
  • Consultant ophthalmologist, Kings College Hospital, London, UK

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


  • First Prize for Clinical Study, Medical Education and Research Awards (team award) (2007)
  • Second Prize for Clinical Governance, Medical Education and Research Awards (team award) (2007)
  • Robert and Diana Dick Prize for Academic Achievement Final MB, University of London, UK (1997)
  • Gladys-Sandes Prize in Anatomy, University of London, UK (1993)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of London, UK
  • Ophthalmology training, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • Cornea and Anterior Segment Fellowship , Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
  • Glaucoma Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Additional languages spoken

  • Greek
  • Spanish
  • Italian (basic)

Personal life

Prior to studying medicine, Dr Ioannidis trained as a professional violinist and completed his musical studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens in 1991. He has also passed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 violin performance exams with Distinction. Dr Ioannidis has a violin teaching diploma and was a member of the Hellenic Youth Orchestra. Whilst in London, he was a member of the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra for a period. His other interests include photography and reading history.

Research & publications

Dr Ioannidis has published extensively on a number of subjects relating to anterior segment conditions and treatments. He has a particular interest in novel combination treatments for patients undergoing cataract surgery.

Publications Congress posters and lectures
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  • Australian Experience with IOL Product Flaws

    Hong Z, Chong E, Ioannidis A, Daniell M, Symons RCA. RANZCO Annual Conference. Adelaide, November 2018 (ORIA Best Paper)
  • Literature review: Intraocular lens product flaws.

    Hong Z, Chong E, Ioannidis AS, Symons RCA. RANZCO Victoria Branch Meeting. Melbourne, March 2018.
  • Conjunctival inclusion cyst – a tissue-sparing surgical technique to remove a large lesion sparing conjunctiva and facilitating healing.

    Ioannidis AS, Zagoritis K. RANZCO Annual Conference. Perth, October 2017.
  • The Fabry outcome survey: a comprehensive approach for documenting the ocular manifestations in Anderson Fabry disease.

    Ioannidis AS, Symons A, Talbot A, Nichollas K. RANZCO Annual Conference. Perth, October 2017.
  • A comparison of the first generation iStent (G1) and the second generation iStent inject (G2).

    Ioannidis AS, Dimopoulos G. To report on early complications and ease of insertion into the trabecular meshwork. RANZCO. Melbourne, November 2016.
  • Amslers Sign: A Video Presentation of a rare ophthalmic sign in cataract surgery.

    Ioannidis AS, Tee J, Little B. ESCRS. Berlin, Germany, September 2008.
  • Digital analysis of retinal vessels-a new method for the objective evaluation of retinal vessel tortuosity in Fabry disease.

    Ioannidis A, Sodi A, Menchini U, Menocci A, Wilson P, Davey C, Mehta A. Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, May 2008.
  • Choose and Book and the Glaucoma Clinic- An audit to show the importance of visual field testing on the first visit.

    K I Papageorgiou, A Ioannidis, P Andreou. Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, May 2008.
  • Is knowledge of pre-operative photophobia in patients undergoing cataract surgery potentially useful? A comparison of two modes of anaesthesia.

    Ioannidis AS, Papageorgiou K, Andreou P, Sinha A. ESCRS. Stockholm, Sweden, September 2007.
  • An audit evaluating the accuracy of a constant in optical coherence interferometry biometry and predictive refractive outcome in phacoemulsification surgery.

    Papageorgiou K, Ioannidis AS, Sinha A, Andreou P. ESCRS. Stockholm, Sweden, September 2007.
  • Comparison of contrast sensitivity after implantation of monofocal intraocular lenses: Technis z9000, Sensar AR40e and Rayner C Flex 570C.

    Papageorgiou K, Ioannidis A, Bennett PG, Sinha A, Andreou P. ESCRS. Stockholm, Sweden, September 2007.
  • Necrotizing anterior uveitis, anterior scleritis and ischaemic optic neuropathy in association with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.

    Papageorgiou K, Ioannidis AS, Sinha A, Andreou P. American Academy and European Society Joint Congress. Vienna, Austria, June 2007.
  • Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the tail of the pancreas presenting with a choroidal metastasis.

    Papageorgiou K, Ioannidis AS, Andreou P. American Academy and European Society Joint Congress, Vienna, Austria, June 2007.
  • A service of investigations used for the management of glaucoma in hospital service in the UK.

    Gordon-Bennett P, Ioannidis AS, Papageorgiou K, Andreou P. ARVO. Florida, USA, May 2007.
  • The Fabry Outcome Survey: A comprehensive approach for documenting the ocular manifestations in Anderson –Fabry Disease.

    Ioannidis A, Dasingani K, Sodi A, Pitz S, Hughes D, Mehta A, Davey C. Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Birmingham, UK, May 2007.
  • The Tonopen revisited – a safe method for the measurement of intraocular pressure at the end of drainage surgery.

    Ioannidis AS, Spratt A, Franks WA. International Glaucoma Symposium. Athens, Greece, March 2007.


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