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Our Doctors and Orthoptists

Epping Eye Surgery has six experienced highly trained and skilled ophthalmologists. All are general eye specialists, with their own sub-specialty and perform surgery at a number of public and private hospitals and surgery centres. Epping Eye Surgery is able to provide comprehensive eye care to people of all ages.

 

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M.B., B.S. (Hons) Syd., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Provider No. 202704WF

Dr Chua joined the Epping Eye Surgery team in 2006.  He is a general ophthalmologist who trained at Sydney Eye Hospital. William also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Specialties

Cataract Glaucoma Medical retina

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M.B., B.S., M.P.H, F.R.C.S.C, F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Provider No. 220580YH

Dr. Daniel Polya completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and a fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at St Michael’s Hospital, the University of Toronto, Canada, where he was chief fellow. He was appointed as clinical lecturer in the Dept of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University.

Dan has published manuscripts in international journals and a book chapter on sutureless vitrectomy and has presented at several international ophthalmic meetings. He completed a Master of Public Health at the University of NSW with a thesis in Patient Safety. He is a fellow of RANZCO and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Specialties

Medical retina Vitreoretinal surgery

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M.B., B.S. F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.R.A.C.S.
Provider No. 037651JK

Dr Kourt is a Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Hospital/SEH and is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons. She is a Fellow of RANZCO and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Gina completed her Oculoplastic Fellowship at SEH and the Mater Hospital under the tutelage of Dr Peter Rogers, the “Father of Oculoplastic Surgery” in Australia. She has undertaken several observerships at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Gina is a member of the Court of Examiners for RANZCO and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Ophthalmology at the Sydney Medical School of The University of Sydney. She is currently Chairman of the Joint Medical Staff Council at Sydney Hospital and is a Board Member of the SEH Foundation.

Gina also consults at the Save Sight Institute and undertakes annual surgical field trips to the Northern Territory.  Gina is the recipient of the Medical Media Award for pioneering surgery and community service.

Specialties

Oculoplastics/Eyelid surgery Tear duct/drainage surgery

Image of Orthoptists Barbara and Val

Prior to seeing our doctors, all patients will be seen by the orthoptist. Barbara Dennison and Val Tosswill have  been practicing orthoptics for over 20 years. Throughout their careers, our orthoptists have worked in both public and private settings and have a diverse knowledge of orthoptics and general ophthalmology. Our orthoptists have authored many papers, presented at both state and national orthoptic meetings and are members of Orthoptics Australia.  In 2018, we welcomed new graduate Ben Ward onto the team.  Ben graduated with a Masters Degree in Orthoptics in 2017 and has a passion for research in childrens’ eye disease and ocular conditions

Barb, Val and Ben all have a keen interest in strabismus, ocular motility and amblyopia. Additionally, our orthoptists perform diagnostic tests in relation to glaucoma, cataract and retinal/corneal abnormality.

Our Medical Receptionists, Deb and Sam, have an extensive understanding of all areas of our administration and are integral members of the EES team.  Our reception staff are highly competent with a friendly professional manner, dealing with phone calls, appointments, surgical bookings and Medicare claiming.  Most importantly, they endeavour to ensure that our patients’ visits go as smoothly as possible.

M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.R.A.C.S.
Provider No. 237452HB

Craig first joined the Epping Eye Surgery (EES) in 1996 after completing ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH) and then further fellowship studies in Toronto, Canada. In 2004 he was a founding member of the Epping Surgery Centre (ESC) and remains Chairman of the Board. He is a VMO at SEH and Sydney Childrens Hospital (SCH) and a senior staff specialist at Childrens Hospital Westmead (CHW).

Craig has an extended interest in general ophthalmology and expertise in the management of cataract, strabismus (turned eye) and paediatric eye disease. Craig has authored many papers and presented at a number of Australian and overseas conferences to ophthalmologists, orthoptists, optometrists and ophthalmic nurses. He is a former member of the College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) Council and is an Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB) representative. Craig has maintained a strong and respected profile within ophthalmology. He is currently Director of Training at SEH and President of the Australia and New Zealand Strabismus Society. Since 2011, he has been the external examiner for the Hong Kong College of Ophthalmology. Craig has worked in third world countries, developing regional ophthalmic expertise.

Specialties

Cataract Surgery Strabismus Paediatric ophthalmology

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M.B., B.S. (Hons), F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Provider No. 237452HB

Dr Peter Kim 김 동 욱 안과 전문의 joined Epping Eye Surgery in 2011. He graduated from the University of New South Wales and completed his ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH). He undertook subspecialty training in Corneal and Cataract Surgery at SEH; Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Vancouver, Canada; and Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Toronto, Canada.

Peter is a staff specialist at SEH where he teaches Cornea, Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery to Registrars and Fellows. Dr Kim has published over 40 scientific articles in international medical journals as well as two book chapters in his areas of expertise. He has presented at numerous Australian and international meetings. His interests include cataract and refractive surgery, corneal transplantation, keratoconus management (collagen cross-linking, Intacs/Kerarings) and strabismus surgery. Dr Kim also speaks Korean.

Specialties

Cataract and refractive surgery Corneal transplantation Collagen cross-linking Intacs/Kerarings Strabismus

Neryla commenced at Epping Eye Surgery in April 2015.   Neryla is an Orthoptist with specific expertise in off and on-road assessments for drivers with vision defects, such as poor visual acuity, peripheral vision loss and eye movement disorders.   Neryla has over 20 years of experience at Sydney University, School of Orthoptics, as well as numerous publications, conference presentations and educational seminars.

Vision and Driving Assessments include:

  1. Off-road assessment of visual standards against the Austroad standard and the RMS application of the standard.
  2. Education of the driver about licensing requirements and their visual standard in relation to the RMS standard.
  3. Remedial steps to support return to driving, eg prisms for diplopia.
  4. Reports to the RMS, reports for Court cases and reports to the referring practitioner.
  5. On-road assessment when legally eligible to drive – that is, meet the vision standard but need support to manage their vision issue, eg peripheral diplopia, recently gained monocular function or following a Directive from Court.

 

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Specialties

Driving Vision

Dr Lock specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataracts and general ophthalmology.

Jane completed an undergraduate medical degree in Perth (MBBS (Hons), UWA) followed by a masters degree in Sydney (MMed (OphthSc), USyd).  After Ophthalmology training in Perth, she further pursued her keen interest in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and Sydney Eye Hospital.

Jane believes avidly in providing children with the best chance to succeed in life. In order to provide patients with up-to-date and holistic care, she continues to conduct research in new treatments for paediatric eye conditions such as amblyopia or “lazy eye”.

She is also dedicated to the ongoing education of training doctors and peers, and regularly presents at Ophthalmology conferences.  She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and is a member of the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and Paediatric Special Interest Group.

Specialties

Paediatric ophthalmology Strabismus Cataract General ophthalmology