Our Ophthalmologists

Dr Andrew Crawford

Dr Andrew Crawford

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon.

Dr Crawford trained at the University of Melbourne and at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. His academic experience includes research work in the Transplantation Unit at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and at the Melbourne University Department of Ophthalmology. After gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists he travelled to the UK and joined the Scottish National Health Service, becoming a Consultant Ophthalmologist.

He returned to Australia after nearly five years abroad, commenced practice in General Ophthalmology and joined the Eye Clinic at Northern Hospital. He became Head of Ophthalmology at Northern Hospital and remained in this position until Northern Health closed the service.

Dr Crawford is now in full-time practice at Northern Eye Consultants. He performs cataract surgery, treats macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma as well as seeing a comprehensive range of general eye conditions.

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Dr Malcolm Ferguson

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

Dr Ferguson trained at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in the United Kingdom.

He was a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Eye and Ear and Northern Hospitals for over ten years and during this time he developed a private practice in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

His main areas of practice are cataract surgery, medical retina and comprehensive general ophthalmology.

Dr Xavier Fagan

Dr Xavier Fagan

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

Medical Retina and Uveitis Specialist

Dr Fagan is a Melbourne based ophthalmologist. He completed his undergraduate medical degree with honours at The University of Melbourne in 2004. Resident medical years were spent at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Fagan commenced his ophthalmology registrar training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2007 and finished in 2011. This provided comprehensive medical and surgical ophthalmology training. He achieved success in the final examinations by receiving the K G Howsam medal for best performing doctor in Australia and New Zealand. He subsequently undertook 18 months of subspecialty fellowship training in medical retina and ocular inflammatory disorders at the same institution. As part of this fellowship he has published articles in the medical literature and presented at international and local scientific meetings.

As a consultant ophthalmologist, Dr Fagan has public hospital appointments at the Austin and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospitals. This involves providing public health care and he is actively involved in training of future colleagues. He has an appointment as a clinical lecturer with The University of Melbourne in the faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Dr Khami Satchi

Dr Khami Satchi

Specialist Ophthalmologist and Surgeon

Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Surgeon

Dr Satchi received her basic medical training in the United Kingdom, graduating from Cambridge University with a Distinction in Surgery. She then undertook eight years of general ophthalmology training, with her registrar training based at Oxford Eye Hospital.

Dr Satchi developed a special interest in oculoplastic and lacrimal ophthalmology, leading to her first coming to Melbourne to be Fellow in the Orbital, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Clinic at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. She then returned to the UK to be Fellow in the Orbital, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Unit at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. After this Fellowship she was appointed as a Specialist Locum Consultant in the Orbital and Lacrimal Clinic at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Dr Satchi returned to Australia in 2011 and was appointed as a Specialist Consultant to the Orbital, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Clinic at the Eye and Ear Hospital. She maintains an active interest in academic research and in teaching. She has published 17 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature and she has presented papers at local and international scientific meetings.

Dr Satchi specialises in oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery including ectropion, entropion, ptosis, periocular skin tumours, blepharoplasty and tear duct surgery (including endonasal DCR). She also specialises in disorders of the orbit including problems associated with the loss of an eye and thyroid eye disease. Her practice is focussed on oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital disorders and she does not otherwise manage general ophthalmology referrals.

Dr Satchi holds an MA (Hons) and MBBChir (University of Cambridge) and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Ross MacIntyre

Dr Ross MacIntyre

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

Specialist in Corneal Disease, Corneal Surgery and Refractive Surgery

Dr MacIntyre received his basic medical and ophthalmic training in the United States of America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Chemistry from Colgate University and a Doctor of Medicine (with Honours) from New York Medical College.

Dr MacIntyre undertook his internship at Columbia University and then completed ophthalmology training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, receiving the American Board of Ophthalmology certification. Dr MacIntyre subsequently undertook subspecialty Fellowship training in Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Dr MacIntyre came to Australia in 2011 to be Cornea Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. During his Fellowships he conducted research in his specialty area, publishing the results in the medical literature and presenting them at local and international scientific meetings.

Dr MacIntyre specialises in medical and surgical disease of the cornea, including keratoconus and corneal dystrophies. He undertakes all forms of corneal surgery including lamellar grafting and full thickness corneal transplants. He also enjoys providing general ophthalmic care to a wide range of patients. He is a Staff Specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and a Consultant in the Cornea Clinic, where he continues to be involved in the training of registrars and fellows.

Dr MacIntyre is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical Society in the United States, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

Dr Lana del Porto

Dr Lana del Porto

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

Macular Degeneration

Glaucoma & Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Squint Surgeon - Adult and Childhood

Paediatric Ophthalmology

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr del Porto is a comprehensive general ophthalmologist with particular interest in strabismus and paediatric ophthalmology. She also has an interest in cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

Dr del Porto completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with honours. Her ophthalmic training was at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and subsequently at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London

Dr del Porto works as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She contributes to the RANZCO training program by teaching cataract and squint surgery. Lana has been an invited speaker at international meetings including the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the European Strabismological Association.

Dr Wen Lim

Dr Wen Lim

General Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

Medical Retina Subspecialist - Diabetes and Macular Degeneration

Dr Lim is a fellowship-trained retina specialist and general ophthalmologist. She has particular expertise in the management of retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular diseases. She also manages a wide range of other eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, pterygiums and eyelid conditions.

Dr Lim gained her medical degree with honours at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree, awarded for her research on diabetic retinopathy. She undertook ophthalmology training at the RVEEH followed by subspecialty fellowship training in medical retina and uveitis.

Dr Lim has published in her area of subspecialty in peer-reviewed journals and presented at multiple international conferences. She currently holds public appointments at the RVEEH and Austin Health, where she is an active clinician and teacher.

Dr Lim can converse in Mandarin, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.

What is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists are medically qualified doctors who have then obtained an advanced qualification in eye disease and eye surgery. To become an ophthalmologist a person must first become qualified as a doctor and gain at least two years postgraduate experience in general medicine and surgery. Only then may they begin training in ophthalmology. Training and qualification as an ophthalmologist requires a minimum of 5 years further study, amounting to over 12,000 hours of training in medicine and surgery specific to the eye. To remain recognised as an ophthalmologist by the Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists an ophthalmologist must undertake a minimum of 100 hours of ongoing education, every year.

Ophthalmologists investigate, diagnose and treat the full range of diseases of the eyes and visual system. Ophthalmologists have a full range of treatments available for all eye conditions including,

  • Eyedrops
  • Injections and Tablets
  • Laser Treatments
  • Surgical Operations

As medical doctors, ophthalmologists will treat your eye condition while taking into account your entire medical condition and they will co-operate closely with your GP and any other medical specialists that you may have.

What is an Orthoptist?

Orthoptists are university degree-qualified health professionals who specialise in the testing, measurement and analysis of the eye and the visual system.

Orthoptists work in an eye care team, often generating much of the precise measurement and data that underlies treatment decisions. Orthoptists are highly skilled with diagnostic technology and will often be the expert operators of equipment such as angiogram cameras and optical coherence scanners.

Orthoptists may be closely involved in the delivery of ongoing eye care including postoperative treatment and strabismus management.

What is an Optometrist?

Optometrists are degree-qualified health professionals who are expert in the measurement and testing of vision and the prescription of spectacles and contact lenses.

Optometrists examine and assess the health of eyes and diagnose many important eye diseases.

If eye disease is diagnosed, many optometrists will refer the patient to an ophthalmologist for further assessment and possible treatment. Therapeutically-qualified optometrists are able to prescribe eyedrops and may treat some eye diseases without the involvement of ophthalmologists or other medical practitioners.