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Dr André Horak Ophthalmologist

Dr André
Horak
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Dr André Horak is a highly experienced comprehensive general ophthalmologist, cataract and vitreoretinal surgeon. He is committed to ensuring the residents of the Mackay region have access to the latest in ophthalmic care and technology.

Dr Horak has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating medical and surgical retinal conditions, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, retinal vein occlusion and ocular trauma. He continues to work on new and emerging treatments and technologies for in-depth diagnosis and monitoring of macular degeneration and other retinal diseases. Dr Horak is one of the few ophthalmologists in Northern Queensland with the skills, experience and available technology to perform these complex procedures.

Dr Horak also has a special interest in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, as well as the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, with experience in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) using state-of-the-art drainage devices.

As a member of the Mackay community, Dr Horak values the relationship he forms with his patients and the opportunity to provide their ophthalmic care – he always takes his time to clearly explain his patients’ conditions and treatment options to them.

Career highlights

Teaching

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, James Cook University, Queensland

Other professional achievements

  • Former Director of Pretoria Eye Institute, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Former Consultant, North Cliff Eye Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists
  • Member of the European Vitreo-Retinal Society

Research

Dr Horak is participating in the Vision Eye Institute multi-centre Glaukos iStent Quality of Life study, which assesses the outcome of surgical treatment of glaucoma, using a new drainage device. The device promises to reduce or eliminate the burden of reliance on eye drops, so this assessment will add to the body of evidence-based medicine.

Community involvement & charitable work

Before moving to Australia, Dr Horak participated in multiple rural cataract surgery tours in Southern Africa. On two occasions since joining Vision Eye Institute, Dr Horak has been a team member in the Vision for Myanmar program. During these visits, he taught cataract surgery techniques to local ophthalmic trainees in Myanmar.

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Ophthalmology training, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Nottingham University, UK
  • Subspecialty training in vitreoretinal surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology), University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Fellowship in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Personal life

Dr Horak, his wife and two teenage sons have made Mackay their home. They are all active members of the local community, the boys’ school and sporting groups. Taking advantage of an active Whitsunday lifestyle, Dr Horak enjoys fishing, sailing, paddling and cycling.

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