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Dr Lewis Levitz Ophthalmologist

Dr Lewis
Levitz
MBBCh MMed FCS(SA)(Ophth) FRCSEd FRANZCO

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Dr Lewis Levitz is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon. He specialises in conventional and laser cataract surgery. He offers his patients the latest in lens technology such as toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. Dr Levitz also has a special interest in reconstructive eyelid surgery (oculoplastics), including eyelid correction, repair and reconstruction, and management of eyelid cancers. In addition to these specialty areas, Dr Levitz also treats general ophthalmological disorders.

Career highlights

RANZCO leadership

  • Treasurer of the Victorian branch of RANZCO since 2015
  • Councillor representing the Victorian branch of RANZCO for 2 years

Other professional achievements

  • Produced a virtual textbook on laser cataract surgery – one of the first instruction manuals to describe the technique – which has achieved over 150,000 hits since publication
  • Reviewer of articles for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Regular contributor to the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings
  • Published papers and presented lectures on toric and multifocal intraocular lenses
  • Presents audits of lid cancer management at RANZCO meetings to ensure optimal patient care

Professional memberships

  • Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Research

Dr Levitz has been involved in a range of research projects investigating cataract surgery outcomes, intraocular lens technology, glaucoma and eye trauma.

Dr Levitz has presented multiple papers and lectures on the incidence, management and cause of cystoid macular edema (CME). His letter to the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery was the first to suggest no difference between the rate of CME in patients undergoing laser cataract surgery and manual blade cataract surgery.

Dr Levitz is part of the team that published the first papers on low (less than 0.7D) diopter of astigmatism correction with an Alcon intraocular lens. He is also part of the team that published the first paper on the Panoptix trifocal lens.

Awards

  • Muthusamy medal for outstanding achievement, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1999/2000)
  • Design Excellence Award from the South African Bureau of Standards – awarded to the consortium who developed the South African orbital implant (2007)
  • Helen Keller Poster Award, International Society of Ocular Trauma (ISOT), Rome Congress (2006)
  • Elie Dahan Ophthalmic Surgical Prize for Registrar of the Year (1999)
  • Stortz (Bausch and Lomb) Achievement Award (1999)
  • Tetje Patterson Bequest for Ophthalmic Research (1998)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Master of Medicine (MMed), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Ophthalmology training, Johannesburg Hospital teaching circuit, South Africa
  • Fellowship in oculoplastic surgery, University Hospital of Wales, UK
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) (exam 2009)
  • Fellow of the College of Surgeons (Ophthalmology) South Africa (FCS(SA)Ophth) (exam 1999)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) (exam 2000)

Personal website

To view Dr Levitz’s virtual textbook on laser cataract surgery, please visit laserscataractsurgeon.com.

Publications Congress posters and lectures
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  • The cost of safety

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australian and New Zealand LenSx users meeting. Sydney, November 2017.
  • How low should you go in managing small levels of astigmatism?

    Levitz LM. Lecture to registrars at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon Congress. Hamilton Island, August 2017.
  • Pseudophakic Cystoid Macular Oedema and NSAID-Separating truth from “alternative” truth.

    Levitz LM, Lim C. Presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Victorian meeting, Melbourne, 2017.
  • Sclerosing (Morphoeic) basal cell carcinoma incidence and management in a suburban practice.

    Levitz LM. Audit presented at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Congress, Melbourne, 2016.
  • Reaction times and faith in femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress, Port Douglas, 2016.
  • Cystoid macular edema, separating fact from fiction.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the SynergEYES Congress, Sydney, 2016.
  • Unusual presentation of an Uniocular non-Hodgkins B Cell Lymphoma in a young man.

    Riad H, Levitz L, Su C. Lecture presented by H Riad at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Victorian meeting, 2016.
  • Cystoid macular edema in laser cataract surgery.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress, Noosa, 2015.
  • Clinical features and histopathological analysis of primary orbital amyloidosis – a case report.

    Batcha A, Osman E, Abrez H, Levitz L, Newland L. Lecture presented in Wellington, New Zealand, 2015.
  • Recurrence rates of basal cell carcinoma of the lids in a general Melbourne Ophthalmic Practice.

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Congress, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015.
  • How low should you go in correcting astigmatism?

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Congress, Melbourne, 2014.
  • Docking Dillemas.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australia and New Zealand LenSx Users meeting, Sydney, 2014.
  • Transitioning to femtosecond cataract surgery: Tips and Pearls.

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the Australia and New Zealand LenSx Users meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.
  • Approach to lower lid skin tumours.

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the Australasian College of Cutaneous Oncology meeting, Melbourne, 2013.
  • Approach to upper lid skin tumours.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australasian College of Cutaneous Oncology meeting, Melbourne, 2013.
  • Seven steps to confident LenSx laser cataract surgery.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress, Uluru, 2013.
  • Shallow anterior chamber and LenSx.

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the inaugural Australian and New Zealand LenSx Users meeting, Sydney, 2013.
  • Latest trends in the management of Astigmatism.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Optimising Cataract Surgery Outcomes meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.
  • The advantage in using low powered diffractive apodised multifocal intraocular lenses.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2012.
  • The lacrimal system and tumours medial to the pupil.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress, Gold Coast, 2010.
  • Ectropion.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress, Gold Coast, 2009.
  • Ocular Melanoma update.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress, Gold Coast, 2009.
  • Approach to Eyelid Tumours.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress, Gold Coast, 2008.
  • Liquid Nitrogen burn to the eye.

    Levitz LM et al. (co-author). Poster presented at the International Society of Ocular Trauma Congress, Rome, 2006.
  • A New Hydroxyapatite Orbital Implant.

    Levitz LM et al. (main author). Poster presented at the International Society of Ocular Trauma Congress, Rome, 2006.
  • Eyeborn Orbital Implant.

    Levitz LM. Presentation at the South Western Ophthalmological Society meeting, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2005.
  • Hydroxyapatite Orbital implants.

    evitz LM. Workshop presented at the Ophthalmological Society of Southern Africa, Sun City, South Africa, 2004.
  • Latrogenic Cyanoacrylate ocular injuries.

    Levitz LM et al. (co-author). Poster presented at the International Society of Ocular Trauma Congress, Sopron, Hungary 2003.
  • Ostrich injuries to the eye.

    Levitz LM. Poster presented at the International Society of Ocular Trauma Congress, Sopron, Hungary 2003.
  • Piggy-back Orbital Implant.

    Levitz LM. Poster presented at the Ophthalmological Society of Southern Africa Congress, Royal Swazi Sun Valley, Swaziland, 2000.
  • Sjambok whip injuries of the eye.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Ophthalmological Society of Southern Africa Congress, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 1998.
  • Presentation of Ocular Firework Injuries.

    Levitz LM. Lecture presented at the Ophthalmological Society of Southern Africa Congress, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1997.

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