A/Prof Colin Chan Ophthalmologist

Colin Chan


A/Prof Colin Chan is a refractive, cataract and corneal eye surgeon with more than 16 years of experience. Dr Chan is an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery ­(LASIK, SMILE and ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and lens implant surgery. He has extensive experience in cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. Dr Chan also specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions, with a focus on keratoconus, pterygium and dry eye. He has expertise in techniques such as corneal ring implants (Intacs and Kerarings), collagen cross-linking and corneal transplants.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • One of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery
  • One of the first surgeons in the world to perform collagen cross-linking to treat keratoconus
  • Established the first dry eye clinic in Sydney


  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales (2009–present)
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales (2012–2016)
  • Director, Refractive Surgery Degree, Save Sight Institute and University of Sydney (2017)
  • Ophthalmology Registrar Term Supervisor, Vision Eye Institute and RANZCO (2017)

Committee/board memberships

  • Advisory committee member, The Eye Surgeons' Foundation (2016–present)
  • Curriculum committee member for corneal subspecialty fellowships, International Council of Ophthalmology (2017)
  • Congress standing committee member, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2016– present)
  • Curriculum committee member, Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (2011–present)

Other professional achievements

  • Invited to run a masterclass in collagen cross-linking for keratoconus at the Asia Pacific Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference (2015)
  • Invited Chairman and Speaker for the World Ophthalmology Congress (2008, 2012 and 2014)
  • APAO Leadership Development program (2011–2012)
  • Invited to run a masterclass in corneal rings for keratoconus at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference (2010)
  • Reviewer for leading ophthalmology journals, including Ophthalmology, Cornea and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • International Society of Refractive Surgeons
  • Cornea Society (USA)
  • Asia Cornea Society
  • New South Wales Medical Board


Dr Chan has been involved as an investigator in a number of clinical trials and research projects. His research has focused on the areas of dry eye disease, keratoconus, glaucoma and refractive errors.

Community involvement & charitable work

Since 2016, Dr Chan has been an advisory committee member for The Eye Surgeons' Foundation. The not-for-profit eye health organisation is dedicated to restoring sight and preventing sight loss throughout Australasia.


  • APAO Achievement Award for scientific contributions and teaching (2015)
  • Best Paper of Session at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (2006 and 2007)
  • Young Investigator Award, Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia (2003)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Ophthalmology training, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria and Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
  • Fellowship in corneal and laser eye surgery, Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, Beverly Hills and University of California, Irvine, USA

Personal website

To find out more about A/Prof Colin Chan, visit drcolinchan.com

Publications Congress posters and lectures
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  • Invited Faculty

    AAO (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Invited Faculty and Chairman

    APAO (2010–2016)
  • Masterclass on corneal rings

    AUSCRS (2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    World Cornea Congress (2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    ASCRS (2005–07, 2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    ISOHK (2006)
  • Invited Chairman

    World Congress of Ophthalmology (2008, 2012, 2018)
  • Refractive surgery expert panel

    APAO (2007)
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