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Dr David Ng Ophthalmologist

Dr David Ng

Dr David Ng


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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.1,2

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.

Watch Dr Ng explain what cataract surgery involves in this video.

In Focus

CASA examinations offered at Drummoyne and Mosman clinics

Dr David Ng is a designated aviation ophthalmologist (DAO), which means he has completed postgraduate training in aviation medicine and is qualified to provide eye examination services for pilots, air traffic controllers and individuals applying for an aviation licence. CASA examinations are conducted by Dr Ng at the Vision Eye Institute Drummoyne and Mosman clinics.

VIDEO: What does cataract surgery involve?

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • Part of the first team in the Southern Hemisphere to use laser technology for cataract surgery

Other professional achievements

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology


  • Conjoint Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales (2012 – present)
  • Examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Provides clinical training to junior doctors in the Northern Sydney Area Health Service
  • Lectures GPs and optometrists on the latest advances in cataract surgery and other specialised areas in ophthalmology

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine

Community involvement & charitable work

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.

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Ophthalmology training, Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales

Personal life

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.


1. Romano V, Cruciani M, Conti L, Fontana L. Fibrin glue versus sutures for conjunctival autografting in primary pterygium surgery. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;12:CD011308
Indian J Ophthalmol. 2009 Sep-Oct; 57(5): 371–379.
2. Hall RC, Logan AJ, Wells AP. Comparison of fibrin glue with sutures for pterygium excision surgery with conjunctival autografts. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2009;37(6):584–589

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