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Dr Simon Chen Ophthalmologist

Dr Simon Chen

Dr Simon Chen


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Dr Simon Chen is a highly experienced retinal and cataract surgeon.

Dr Chen dedicates his practice to the treatment of retinal disease and cataract surgery. He is an expert in modern techniques of vitrectomy surgery to treat epiretinal membranes, macular holes, diabetic retinopathy, floaters, retinal detachments and ocular trauma; and in eye (intravitreal) injections for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions.

Dr Chen was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery and regularly receives referrals for complex cataract surgery, especially in patients with retinal disease, ocular trauma or following complications from previous eye surgery.

Watch Dr Chen explain vitrectomy and what to expect during the procedure, in this video.

In Focus

What happens during a vitrectomy ?

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • First surgeon in the world to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery combined with retinal surgery
  • One of the first surgeons in the world to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery
  • Selected to perform cataract or retinal surgery on over 100 Sydney optometrists and their closest relatives


  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales
  • Teaches trainee eye surgeons and optometrists

Other professional achievements

  • Reviewer of research manuscripts for several leading medical journals.
  • Regularly invited to lecture about retinal and cataract surgery at professional conferences

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists
  • Oceania Retina Association

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Chen has volunteered his time in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea to train local ophthalmologists to treat retinal disease. He has also lectured to numerous community groups in Australia, including the University of the Third Age, Probus club, and the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, about cataract surgery and retinal disease.

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of London, UK
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biomedical Science, University of London, UK
  • Ophthalmology training at the teaching hospitals of the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, UK
  • Fellowships in vitreo-retinal and cataract surgery, Oxford Eye Hospital, UK and Lions Eye Institute, Australia

Research & publications

Dr Chen has been published extensively in the peer reviewed medical literature on various aspects of cataract and retinal surgery. He has been a principal investigator for numerous international clinical trials of novel treatments for retinal disease, including the landmark VIEW2 trial, which pioneered the use of an eye injection that blocks activation of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) to treat age-related macular degeneration. This eye injection is now acknowledged by experts as one of the most effective and widely used treatments for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions available. Dr Chen’s publications can viewed
at https://tinyurl.com/drchenresearch.

Personal website

You can view examples of surgery performed by Dr Chen here.

Publications Congress posters and lectures
Read more publications
  • Anterior capsule integrity during femtosecond laser cataract surgery

    Roberts T, Lawless M, Sutton G, Ng D, Chen S, Chan C
    Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists 47th Annual Scientific Congress, Australia 2015
    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 43:42-42 • October 2015
  • Visual acuity outcomes by baseline perfusion status in COPERNICUS and GALILEO

    Mitchell P, Chen S, Stemper B
    Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society Congress, Australia, 2015
  • A comparison of the verion image guidance system values with conventional measurement devices

    Lawless M, Sutton G, Roberts T, Chan C, Ng D, Chen S
    Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists 46th Annual Scientific Congress, Australia 2014
    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 42:31-32, November 2014
  • Anaesthesia for the laser treatment of retinopathy of prematurity - A survey of ophthalmologists in the United Kingdom.

    Chen SDM, Sundaram V, Patel CK.
    Royal College of Ophthalmologists Congress, UK, 2005
  • Endoscope guided, fluorescein-assisted vitrectomy for phakic malignant glaucoma.

    Chen SDM, Patel CK.
    British & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS), UK, 2004
  • Transpupillary thermotherapy in the management of choroidal neovascular membrane.

    Thomas S, Chen SD, Kheterpal S.
    XV International Congress of Eye Research, Switzerland, 2002
  • Electronic books.

    Chua CN, Chen SD, Jones CA.
    British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, UK, 2002
  • Shrinking eyeball: a new phenomenon?

    Gibson A, Chong V, Chen SD, Bird A, Downes S.
    XXIX International Congress of Ophthalmology, Australia, 2002
  • Retinal detachment following long-haul flights, another addition to economy class syndrome?

    Rahman R, Chen SD, Sargent N, Harun S.
    British & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons, UK, 2001
  • Post-phacoemulsification Macular Oedema: Pseudophakic or Diabetic?

    Chen S, Flanagan DW.
    Medical Ophthalmological Society (UK) 4th Annual Meeting, UK, 1999
  • Sympathetic ophthalmitis associated with deafness.

    Comer M, Chen S, Martin K, Jordan K, Meyer P.
    Medical Ophthalmological Society 4th Annual Meeting, UK, 1999
  • Practical tips for managing diabetic retinopathy

    Specsavers Clinical Conference, Melbourne, September 2017


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