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Dr Joseph Reich is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. With the evolution of laser eye technology, Dr Reich has maintained his expertise and performs LASIK and ASLA/PRK. He also specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and has extensive experience with multifocal and toric lenses. Dr Reich performs complex cataract surgery on patients with co-occurring eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The first surgeon to perform a refractive laser procedure in Victoria in 1991
Foundation member of the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group
One of the first surgeons to perform intraocular lens implants in Victoria
Heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of medical students and trainee ophthalmologists
Former Director, Clinical School, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
Ran the first intraocular lens course and phacoemulsification courses at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
Former lecturer, Orthoptic School, La Trobe University, Victoria
Author of 'check' programs for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice
Lecturer, Family Medicine Programme, Royal Australasian College of General Practice
Policy and medical standards
Invited contributor to the formulation of policy for the Victorian Government to assist in legislation allowing for ophthalmic day surgery in the state
Formulated the initial standards for ophthalmic day surgery for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and RANZCO
Member of RANZCO committees on intraocular lenses, day surgery and orthoptics
Other professional achievements
International editor for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s basic and clinical science course textbook Lens and Cataract
Established the Camberwell Eye Clinic Day Surgery Centre
National Day Surgery Committee Member, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
Designed the initial Excimer Laser Suite for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Involved in the introduction of several intraocular lens developments (Iris Clip, extracapsular lenses and modern lenses)
Invited to launch the Panoptix trifocal IOL in Victoria in 2016
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Head of Clinic, Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff and Deputy Director of the Clinical School, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Federal Councillor, Part Two Examiner and Chairman of the Qualifications and Education Committee (Victoria) for RANZCO
Travelled with Professor Fred Hollows to rural Australia as part of the National Trachoma Program
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Member of the Australian Medical Association
Member of the Order of Australia
Community involvement & charitable work
Dr Reich has held leadership roles in the medical community. He is a former President of both the Australian Friends of the Israel Medical Association and the Australian Jewish Medical Federation.
Education & training
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Melbourne, Victoria
Doctor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne, Victoria
Ophthalmology training, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
Dr Reich’s hobbies include acrylic and watercolour painting and writing fiction. Has published three novels under the name Joe Reich. He donates all proceeds from sales of paintings and books to charity.
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