Despite having gained a wide breadth of clinical expertise in neurosurgery and plastic surgery, Dr David Ng eventually chose to specialise in ophthalmology and completed his training at the renowned Sydney Eye Hospital. As a general ophthalmologist, Dr Ng treats patients with a broad range of eye conditions. He has considerable experience in performing laser cataract surgery and regularly lectures on this area to optometrists and other doctors. Dr Ng also has a particular interest in glaucoma and medical diseases of the retina, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vessel disease. Some other conditions Dr Ng regularly manages and treats include eyelid lesions and pterygium (Surfer’s Eye). For pterygium surgery, Dr Ng uses tissue glue to reduce the need for sutures.
Dr Ng is a designated aviation ophthalmologist (DAO) and is able to provide medical and eye examination services for pilots and individuals applying for aviation licences.
Dr Ng is passionate about eye care for the underprivileged. He has volunteered his services in Tanzania and in the Northern Territory with Aboriginal communities. Dr Ng has visited China on many occasions to perform cataract surgery in remote areas, and to train local ophthalmologists. In 2003, he travelled to Tibet where he helped set up a cataract day surgery facility and provided clinical expertise to local ophthalmologists. Since then, he has volunteered in Sichuan (2004), Yunnan (2005), Jieyang (2008), Midu (2009) and Nincheng (2011). In 2014 and 2015, he travelled to Kratie, Cambodia to perform cataract surgery with Cambodia Vision.
Dr Ng enjoys cooking. He uses sous vide technique and finds that this is an excellent way of preparing duck confit. His latest acquisition is a pressure cooker and he is very excited about using it to cook beef cheeks.
Keeping fit is important to Dr Ng. He has completed the Focus Commando Tough course and was surprised at how mental toughness can keep the body going long after it feels it has reached its limits. He also enjoys cycling and running.
Dr Ng regularly attends Marsfield Community Church.