Dr Alex Ioannidis is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years of experience performing small incision cataract surgery. He offers both conventional phacoemulsification and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) with very high success rates. Dr Ioannidis also has expertise in modern intraocular lens (IOL) technology including the use of 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.
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
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
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.
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