Dr Gerard Sutton Ophthalmologist

Dr Gerard


Dr Gerard Sutton is a highly experienced eye surgeon, having performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and is the Sydney Medical School Foundation Professor of Corneal and Refractive Surgery. Dr Sutton specialises in laser vision correction, laser cataract surgery and corneal surgery. He has significant expertise in vision correction (e.g. LASIK, ASLA/PRK, SMILE, refractive lens exchange and implantable lenses) and can offer patients the latest intraocular lens products (including trifocal lenses). As an expert in corneal conditions, Dr Sutton also performs procedures such as corneal cross-linking, corneal ring implants and corneal transplantation (DMEK, DALK, DSAEK). He is the medical director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank and is actively involved in research.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • First Australian surgeon to perform LASIK with the femtosecond laser
  • First Australian surgeon to perform corneal transplantation with the femtosecond laser
  • First Sydney surgeon to perform SMILE
  • First Australian surgeon to be awarded an MD for a doctoral thesis in laser eye surgery
  • First surgeon to successfully use an artificial cornea in New South Wales
  • First Australian to be appointed to the Board of the Asia Cornea Society
  • First Australian to complete overseas fellowship training in laser vision correction surgery


  • Professor of Corneal and Refractive Surgery, Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Sydney University, New South Wales
  • Visiting Professor, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
  • Visiting Professor, Eye Institute Auckland, New Zealand
  • Visiting Professor, University of Medicine, Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Established the world's first university degree for refractive vision corrective surgery training
  • Ongoing international guest lecturing commitments

Other professional achievements

  • Published the award-winning book 'The Naked Eye', co-written with Clinical Associate Professor Michael Lawless
  • Medical Director, Lions NSW Eye Bank
  • Invited guest lecturer, World Cornea Congress, San Diego, USA (2015), and World Ophthalmology Congress Conference, Guadalajara, Mexico (2016) and Barcelona, Spain (2018)
  • RANZCO Council Keynote Lecture (2016)
  • Chair of the Australian Commission on Cataract Standards (2017)
  • Chief Ophthalmologist, Sydney 2000 Olympics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Academy of Asia-Pacific Professors of Ophthalmology


Dr Sutton’s research interests include investigating new treatments to prevent the progression of keratoconus.

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Sutton is the medical director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank, a not-for-profit organisation that recovers, prepares, stores and distributes corneas and sclera in NSW and the ACT. It also supports research into eye disease, and is committed to educating healthcare professionals and the community about tissue donation. The Eye Bank works with the Mandalay Eye Hospital in Myanmar, where corneal disease is a leading cause of blindness.


  • The Big Idea Innovation Award for the Corneal Biopen (2017)
  • Achievement Award, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2015)
  • Achievement Award, Lions International (2015)
  • International Excellence in Ophthalmology Award, XOVA (2015)
  • Independent Publishers Award for ‘The Naked Eye’, co-written with Clinical Associate Professor Michael Lawless (2014)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ophthalmic training, Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
  • Fellowship in laser vision correction surgery, Friedrich Alexander University, Germany and St Thomas' Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • Fellowship in refractive surgery, Vision Eye Institute Chatswood, New South Wales

Personal website

The Naked Eye (a book by Dr Sutton & A/Prof Lawless)Dr Gerard Sutton and Dr Michael Lawless have authored an award-winning book, The Naked Eye, which explains laser eye surgery in simple, easy-to-understand language. Readers will come away with a clear understanding of the surgical options available today that may allow them to see clearly with ‘the naked eye’. This book is the perfect introduction to modern laser eye surgery for anyone considering the alternatives to glasses and contact lenses, regardless of their age, occupation or understanding of science.

To read The Naked Eye blog articles, click here.

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