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Facts & figures

  • 1964 The Specialty of Clinical Ophthalmology was formed
  • 1980 The Specialty received its first NHMRC grant and research expanded
  • 2004 The Master of Ophthalmic Science was introduced.
  • 2009 The first postgraduate qualification in refractive surgery and cataract management was introduced.
  • Rated well above world standard (ranking of 5) Ophthalmology and Optometry, Excellence in Research Australia since 2010

Clinical ophthalmology and eye health

Leading teaching and research into eye diseases and conditions
Based at Sydney Eye Hospital but located across eight different clinical schools, the Specialty of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health trains 80 percent of ophthalmologists in the state.

Study options

The Specialty of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health has a distinguished history of excellence in the teaching of ophthalmology and research skills to medical students, for general practice, graduates seeking a specialist career, ophthalmologists seeking subspecialty education, research students seeking a career in vision science and ophthalmic registrars.

Learn more about how to become an ophthalmologist.

An ophthalmology elective at the Sydney Eye Hospital is available through the Central Clinical School. These electives are offered to medical students from the Sydney Medical School as well as from other Australian and international universities.

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To find out more contact Christa Boehm, Education Support Officer (Electives) at rpa.electives@sydney.edu.au.

Students in stages 2 and 3 of the Sydney Medical Program will receive a series of lectures and skills sessions in ophthalmology. Stage three students undertake a clinical attachment, which is arranged through your clinical school.

Learn more about the Doctor of Medicine at the Sydney Medical School.

We have been delivering innovative postgraduate distance learning courses since 2003. Our experience and expertise in designing online courses for busy medical professionals has made us leaders in the field of ophthalmology education.

Basic Sciences
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
International Ophthalmology

Research students in the specialty are hosted at the Save Sight Institute where they undertake supervised research, the major component of which is a research project leading to the production a thesis. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.

The specialty offers short courses and professional development opportunities through the Sydney Medical School. It is possible to take almost any unit of study as a non-award student. 

Learn more about our upcoming short courses

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Our research

Research for the Specialty of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health takes place at the Save Sight Institute and covers the study all major parts of the eye across laboratory research, clinical trials, implementation and ongoing patient monitoring.

Areas of interest include: 

  • cataracts and presbyopia
  • corneal research
  • elearning and virtual simulation ophthalmic teaching
  • electrophysiology and glaucoma 
  • eye cancer
  • eye genetics
  • lens development
  • macular degeneration
  • neuro-ophthalmology 
  • ocular repair
  • retina cell death and survival 
  • retinal development
  • uveitis and inflammatory eye disease
  • visual neuroscience.

Learn more about our research on the Save Sight Institute website.

Upcoming events in ophthalmology

Event Date Venue Register

Ocular Pathology Short Course

Presenters: Dr Alexandra Allende, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology; Dr Geoffrey Hall, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology; Professor Sarah Coupland, George Holt Chair in Pathology; Dr Con Petsoglou, University of Sydney

Part 1:

7th June –20th August

Part 2:

12th July – 20th August

Online Register now

Micorsurgical Skills Short Course

Presenters: Mr Nigel Cox, Consultant Ophthalmologist, UK; Dr Con Petsoglou, University of Sydney; Dr Graham Wilson, University of Otago

27th - 29th May Online Register now