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Facts & figures

  • 1964 The Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology was formed
  • 1980 The Discipline 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
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Discipline of 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 Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health trains 80 percent of ophthalmologists in the state.

Study options

The Discipline 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.

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 discipline 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 discipline 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

To keep up to date with our short course offerings please join our mailing list here.

Our research

Research for the Discipline 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 opthalmology

Event Date Venue Register

Ocular Pathology short course


Presenters: Dr Alexandra Allende, Dr Geoffrey Hall and Dr Con Petsoglou.

Available from Monday 27 April Online Register now

Microsurgical skills short course

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

Thursday 5 November - Saturday 7 November 2020 Sydney Eye Hospital  Register now