The remedy and solution for terrible eye pain and eye strain (from excessive computer use)

Australian dry eye specialists

Educational body

In Melbourne

Recommended opthalmologists

Recommended by Colin Chan in his email to me (dated 11/10/11)

1) Dr Laurie Sullivan, M.B.B.S. F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., 323 Nepean Highway, Brighton East VIC 3187, (03) 9596 7440 or (03) 9662 2330 [The other one is his Lasik surgery place and he doesn't see patients there]

Dr Sullivan is one of the few fellowship-trained Corneal Specialists in Melbourne. Clearly Sullivan has far more experience and teaching expertise than others. This is the one to try first.

Dr Laurie Sullivan is a fellowship trained Corneal Specialist. He specialises in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the front of the eye, including Cataract, Corneal diseases and Transplantation Surgery, and Laser Refractive Surgery. Dr Sullivan also specialises in the treatment of Keratoconus with Collagen Crosslinking. 

2) Dr Michael Loughnan MBBS (hons) Ph.D. FRANZCO, Cataract, Corneal Graft, Pterygium Surgery, BRIGHTON EAST, VIC 3187. Dr Michael Loughnan is an ophthalmologist specialising in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the front of the eye including Cataract, Corneal Graft and Ptergium Surgery

Recommended by Colin Chan in an email of June 2011 reported on the internet

3) Associate Professor Grant R Snibson, MBBS(Melb), DipRACOG, FRANZCO, FRACS, FRCOphth(UK), FAICD. Associate Professor Grant Snibson is a Principal Associate at Eye Surgery Associates where his practice is limited to surgery of the anterior (or front) part of the eye. This includes refractive surgery, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation and surgery for pterygium and other forms of corneal disease.

A/Prof Snibson completed his medical and specialist training in Melbourne before undertaking advanced fellowship training at both the Oxford Eye Hospital and Moorfield Eye Hospital in London. After returning to Australia, A/Prof Snibson helped establish one of the first refractive surgery treatment and research centres in the country and has published and lectured internationally on the evolving science of laser vision correction.

A/Prof Snibson offers a range of procedures to correct myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism. These include LASIK, PRK, Refractive Lens Exchange, the Implantable Contact Lens and the AcrySof® Cachet lens implant. A/Prof Snibson also has a research interest in keratoconus and is currently supervising several clinical trials being conducted at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital using Corneal Collagen Cross-linking to treat this condition. Positions currently held by A/Prof Snibson include the following:

  • Principal Specialist, Corneal Unit, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne
  • Director, Melbourne Excimer Laser Group
  • Director, Manningham Day Procedure Centre
View details of papers published by Associate Professor Grant R Snibson.

Recommended by Dipali

4) Dr Kevin Foo in Hawthorn is supposed to be good. 501 Boronia Rd, Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia  (03) 9720 5188 [Web

Recommended on the internet

5) Dr Anthony J H Hall, MBBS(Melb), MD(Melb), FRANZCO, FRACS [Recommended here]

Dr Tony Hall is a Principal Associate at Eye Surgery Associates where he works as an ophthalmologist with special expertise in the management of inflammatory eye disease. He manages patients with uveitis, ocular infections, and ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases. He also manages patients with general ophthalmic conditions such as cataract and glaucoma. [Source]

A/Prof Tony Hall is a Principal Associate at Eye Surgery Associates where he works as an ophthalmologist with special expertise in the management of inflammatory eye disease. He manages patients with uveitis, ocular infections, and ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases. He also manages patients with general ophthalmic conditions such as cataract and glaucoma.
He is currently Director of Ophthalmology at the Alfred Hospital where he operates and works on the general eye clinic and the diabetic eye clinic. A/Prof Hall has also worked on aid projects in the Pacific in Kiribati, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
He has undertaken research in the medical and surgical management of infectious and inflammatory eye disease. He has researched cataract and glaucoma management in patients with diabetes and uveitis.
A/Prof Hall studied medicine at Melbourne University and after working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital he undertook his basic Ophthalmology training in Melbourne from 1987-1989. He then worked as Research Fellow in Ophthalmology at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in 1990 where he undertook special training in viral eye disease and cytomegalovirus infection of the retina.
In 1991 and 1992 he worked as Clinical Uveitis Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Institute of Ophthalmology in London where he studied and researched inflammatory diseases of the eye. In 1999 he was a Visiting Research Associate at the FI Proctor Foundation, UCSF Medical Centre in San Francisco, USA and undertook further study into inflammatory and infectious eye disease.
A/Prof Hall's expertise has been recognised by past appointments as the Head of Ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Ocular Immunology Clinic at the RVEEH and as a Senior Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has worked on the editorial board of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and has served as the Chairman of the Qualifications and Education Committee of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology.
View details of papers published by Associate Professor Anthony J H Hall.

Commendation by a user

I had my appointment with Dr Hall today and I couldn't be more pleased with how it went. He already had a letter from my oncologist explaining to him my circumstances, which made explaining the whole leukemia, bone marrow transplant story easier to tell. He did a simple test where he squished some liquid where my punctual cords had been supposedly blocked (twice) and realized that they were still open. He made me an appointment next Tuesday to have them resealed. He also made me an appointment on Monday with the blood bank to have some serum drops made! Am extremely excited about this! He also said that he might even put me on Restssis if I wasn't getting results from the serum drops. Praying for the best! [Source]

Recommended by The Eye Practice,Sydney: Grant Snibson

Recommended Optometrists

1) Mark Roth of Armadale (BSc(Pharm) Monash. BAppSc(Optom) QUT. PGCertOcTher NEWENCO) has access to a TearLabs machine. Associate Professor Mark Roth is a clinical optometrist with a degree in  pharmacology. He is currently in private practice and is also a Principal Fellow, in the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne. He has a special interest in ocular therapeutics,  particularly in the areas of ocular allergy, and therapeutic management  of the problematic contact lens wearer.  As an advocate for therapeutic progress in optometry, he contributes to various association, registration board and government committees. Mark  participates in many ocular therapeutics teaching programs and is the clinical editor of the ‘optometry PHARMA ‘ publication .[Source]  Unit 1/ 892 High St, Armadale VIC 3143, Australia  (03) 9509 0466

Others in Melbourne (found through internet)


Associate Professor Mark Daniell MB BS, MS, FRANZCO, FRACS

Rasik Vajpayee

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – contact 9929-8570 for medical administration to get the name of MGD specialists. (organisational chart) (Brochure)

Centre for Eye Research Australia

In Sydney

1) Dr Colin C. K. Chan specialises in refractive, cataract and corneal surgery. He is an expert in laser eye surgery and new treatments for keratoconus including corneal collagen cross linking with riboflavin, Intacs and Kerarings. He helped pioneer these new treatments with Dr. Boxer Wachler in the United States and has lectured widely on keratoconus. He also has a special interest in treatment of dry eyes. Colin teaches in the University of Sydney. His website: His areas of specialty are: Laser Vision Correction: LASIK, surface ablation (ASLA, PRK), Cataract Surgery and Refractive lens exchange, Keratoconus: Collagen Crosslinking, Intracorneal Rings (Intacs, Kerarings), Corneal Transplant and Dry eye and Ocular Surface Disease.

Dr Chan graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne. He was a resident and registrar in a number of medical and surgical fields at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.  Dr Chan underwent ophthalmic surgery training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. This was followed by a Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA  with Brian Boxer Wachler and at the University of California, Irvine.
Career Highlights:
•    Director of Refractive Surgery Degree 1 at the University of Sydney
•    Currently holds two University Academic positions: Clinical Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney and Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Optometry, UNSW
•    Examiner for Ocular Therapeutics postgraduate diploma at UNSW
•    One of the first surgeons in the world to perform Collagen Crosslinking for Keratoconus.
•    Established Australia’s first specialized Dry eye Clinic.
•    Published over 25 peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters.
•    Invited Chairman for the World Ophthalmology Congress in 2012.
•    Invited to run a Masterclass in Intracorneal rings for Keratoconus at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference in 2010.
  • warded the Inaugural NOSA Young Investigator Award.
  • Awarded the Best Paper of Session at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) 2006 and 2007.
  • Invited speaker to numerous international ophthalmology meetings including the World Cornea Congress, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Asia Pacific Ophthalmology Congress in 2010.
Dr Chan provides his specialist services at Vision Eye Institute, Bondi Junction and Chatswood.
Dr Chan has a testimonial on the internet:
After some 8 months of treatment with Dr Chan, I'm now almost completely normal, and have no pain at all. I can tolerate howling gales, air conditioning, protracted computer work and even swimming in salt water! After about 4 months there was no surface staining! Dr has no magic wands, just the conventional treatments consistently applied and monitored. His basic approach is that of inflammation control to get the eyes into a state where they can begin to heal, combined with all the usual supporting measures such as dietary supplements, drops, compresses etc if the patient finds them useful. Dr is very approachable and will give a straight answer to the many questions self-taught dry eye sufferers ask. He thinks the key to success is to proceed methodically giving each treatment a fair trial, rather than throwing in the kitchen sink all at once. Patience and strict adherence to the regimes over many months is also required. [Source]
I made the trip to Sydney recently to see him and feel it was worth the time and cost. Not to mention his waiting list was much less than I'd wait to see a new doctor in Canberra. [Source]
2) Dr Gerard Sutton, Laser Eye Surgery Chatswood, Vision Eye Institute, Laser Correction, Intraocular lens & Corneal transplantation, LASIK and ASLA ( Advanced Surface Laser Ablation, PRK)
Chatswood, NSW 2067. Dr Sutton has successfully performed over 10,000 surgical procedures in: LASIK and ASLA ( Advanced Surface Laser Ablation, PRK); Cataract and Intraocular lens surgery (including Phakic IOL and Crystalens); Keratoconus: Intra corneal ring segments (Intac, Keraring): Collagen Cross Linking; and Corneal Transplantation: Including DSAEK, DALK
3) Dr Christopher Rogers, Vision Eye Institute Chatswood, Ophthalmic Surgeon,  Refractive and Corneal Specialist, Chatswood, NSW 2067. Dr Chris Rogers is a specialist in Laser Refractive Surgery and is currently practicing at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood. He is the Alternate Medical Director of the Vision Group.
4) Dr Michael Lawless – Ophthalmic surgeon, MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS, FRCOphth, Chatswood, NSW 2067. Dr Michael Lawless is ophthalmic surgeon with an in depth understanding of cataracts of the eye, corneal abrasion, Lens implant surgery. A refractive eye surgeon who is recognised in the field of Lasik and ASLA (Advanced Surface Laser Ablation, PRK) surgery. Dr lawless provides his specialist services at the laser eye surgery Chatswood clinic, Vision Eye Institute.


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