Dr Ming-Lee Lin

Dr Ming-Lee Lin, (MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRANZCO)

Ming-Lee Lin is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and Medical Retina specialist, with a particular interest in inflammatory eye disease. Her areas of expertise and special interest include cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and Uveitis.

Dr Lin graduated with honours from Monash University and received a Sir John Monash Scholarship for academic excellence. She was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Scholarship and holds a PhD for her research work in the immune system at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She undertook her ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Following this, Dr Lin went on to complete a cataract fellowship at Monash Health and further subspecialty training in Medical Retina and Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital London.

Upon her return to Melbourne, Dr Lin was appointed as a consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and The Alfred Hospital Melbourne, where she is actively involved in ophthalmology training and the provision of public health care. She is currently a member of the Australia New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

Dr Simon Skalicky

Dr Simon Skalicky, (FRANZCO, MPhil, MMed (Ophthal Sci), MBBS (Hons1), PhD), commenced work at Eye Surgery Associates (East Melbourne) in February 2014.

Dr Skalicky is a highly skilled Ophthalmologist. He has recently returned from Cambridge UK where he gained subspecialist expertise in the management of glaucoma and challenging cataract surgery.

An advocate of evidence-based best practice he has published over 30 articles in international journals and is a reviewer for several Ophthalmology journals. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and sits on an Expert Advisory Panel for Glaucoma Australia. He is an author of the Australian Cancer Council Ocular Melanoma Treatment Guidelines. He is actively involved in the training of medical students, registrars and fellows.

Dr Skalicky is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. He operates privately at Masada Hospital, St Kilda East and also consults privately at a practice in Caulfield, Melbourne.

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

A/Prof Andrew Symons

Associate Professor Andrew Symons (MBBS,PhD, FRANZCO) is an Associate Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgery Associates and is a member of one of the largest Medical and Surgical teams in Victoria.  A/Prof Symons is a graduate of the University of Melbourne.  After finishing his medical degree, he pursued a PhD in genetics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and then training in ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  He underwent further training in medical retina, vitreoretinal surgery and ophthalmic research at the world famous Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA.  He then worked at the University of Kansas until September 2012, becoming director of Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal surgery, Director of Ophthalmic Research, and Director of the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation.  He returned to Melbourne in September 2012 to become Head of Ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is a member of the Eye Surgery Associates Medical and Surgical Retina Group.

Associate Professor Symons has participated in clinical trials of bevacizumab, ranibizumab and other novel treatments for retinal disease.  He also has research interests in retinal vascularization and the role of endothelial progenitor cells in retinal vascularization, particularly in retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy.

Associate Professor Symons is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Association for Research into Vision and Ophthalmology and the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision.  He has published many papers in the peer-reviewed literature and made numerous conference presentations.

Associate Professor Symons has participated in clinics designed to increase access to ophthalmic services in the United States.  His extracurricular interests include his family and music.


Click here to visit Eye Surgery Associates full website

Dr James Galbraith

Dr James Galbraith (MBBS (Melb), FRANZCO, FRACS) is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with an interest in cataract surgery, anterior segment disease and general eye care. He has worked at Cabrini Hospital for over 20 years as well as consulting in the Vermont area.

After graduating from Melbourne University he undertook ophthalmic training at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he served as Senior Registrar. He undertook further training in the United Kingdom including time as a consultant in the NHS.

James has been a long-term proponent of the public health system with an appointment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, involved in the teaching of both ophthalmic trainees and medical students. He continues to lecture both city and rural-based doctors having previously been a visiting Ophthalmologist to Broken Hill Base Hospital.

James believes strongly that patients should both understand any ophthalmic conditions they may have and be involved in any treatment decisions.

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

Dr Weng Ng

Dr Weng Ng (MBBS(Hons), MPH, FRANZCO) is a cataract and glaucoma surgeon who holds the position of a glaucoma consultant at the Alfred Hospital and previously at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  He also manages most general ophthalmological conditions.  Weng graduated as a doctor in 1999 from the University of Melbourne with an honours degree. During his undergraduate training, he won the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists’ prize for Ophthalmology, Keith Levi Memorial Scholarship for Medicine and RD Wright prize for Physiology.  He completed a Master of Public Health degree from James Cook University prior to commencing his ophthalmology training.

Dr Ng performed general ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, which was followed by a fellowship year in glaucoma and anterior segment at Royal Perth Hospital.  Dr Ng speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as basic Malay and Indonesian.  He consults at all three sites of Eye Surgery Associates, including a Saturday morning session at Cabrini Hospital, Malvern every four weeks.

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

A/Prof Grant Snibson

Associate Professor Grant Snibson (MBBS(Melb), DipRACOG, FRANZCO, FRACS, FRCOphth(UK), FAICD) is a Principal at Eye Surgery Associates, where his practice is limited to surgery of the anterior (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 Moorfields 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, and the Implantable Contact Lens.

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.

Practice Location

East Melbourne
Vermont South

Click here to visit Eye Surgery Assoc. Website

A/Prof Julian Rait OAM

Associate Professor Julian Rait  OAM (MBBS(Melb), FRANZCO, FRACS, FAICD) a Principal at Eye Surgery Associates, is a glaucoma specialist and an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne.  A/Prof Rait has served as a staff member of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and been involved in raising funds for Glaucoma research in the Department of Ophthalmology since 1991.  He was a federal councillor of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists between 1995 and 2003, and was also elected to the board of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, being the Honorary Treasurer between 1995 and 2002 and the Vice-Chairman between 2002 and 2005.

A/Prof Rait was head of the Glaucoma Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital from 1993 to 2005, and subsequently was elected President & Chairman of MDA National Limited, a leading medical indemnity insurer representing 35,000 doctors, dentists and medical students across Australia.  He became a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2008 and has served on several Boards concerned with both indigenous and overseas aid.  A/Prof Rait was a Board member of the RANZCO Eye Foundation between 2009 and 2011, and has recently been appointed as the Chairman of Anglican Overseas Aid; an Ausaid accredited relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Australia, that seeks to overcome poverty, injustice, and natural or environmental disaster in more than a dozen countries.

Practice Location

East Melbourne
Vermont South

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

Dr Justin Friebel

Dr Justin Friebel (MBBS, FRANZCO) is an Associate Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgery Associates who sub-specialises in the area of oculoplastic, eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery.  This includes common eyelid malposition conditions such as ectropion, entropion, upper eyelid ptosis, excessive eyelid skin and cosmetic eyelid surgery.  He performs surgical treatment of skin lesions and skin cancers around the eyelids.  For patients suffering from blocked nasolacrimal tear ducts causing eye-watering and infection, he specialises in endoscopic (scarless surgery via the nose) lacrimal surgery.  He also treats cataract (performing conventional cataract surgery and laser-assisted cataract surgery) and pterygium.

Dr Friebel graduated from Monash Medical School and undertook ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.  He then spent several years overseas undertaking subspecialist training in oculoplastic surgery in the United Kingdom and Montreal, Canada.  He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons.  He has public hospital appointments at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Alfred Hospital, and is a lecturer involved in teaching medical students, and junior and senior ophthalmology trainees.  He is an anatomy examiner for the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology.

Dr Friebel loves spending time with his family and is an avid swimmer and kitesurfer.

Click here to visit the Eye Surgery Associates Website

Dr Ben Connell

Dr Ben Connell (BMBS, FRANZCO, MPH) provides a specialist cataract, refractive and corneal surgery service at Eye Surgery Associates.  Dr Connell is one of the first surgeons in Victoria to offer Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery using the Femtosecond Laser technology.  He also provides Laser Vision Correction (LASIK), a procedure that can reduce patients dependence on glasses and contact lenses.  Corneal surgery to correct keratoconus and other corneal disease is also offered to patients under Dr Connell’s care.

He first developed an interest in ophthalmology in 1992 when he undertook a project at the Fred Hollows Foundation in Eritrea, Africa.  He then completed his undergraduate studies at the Flinders University of South Australia in 1994.

After completing his internship, Dr Connell worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.  He then undertook eye surgery training based at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Melbourne, in his final year as Senior Registrar.  He completed Advanced Subspecialty Surgical training at the Manchester Royal Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, specialising in cataract surgery, laser vision correction and corneal transplantation.  He also held an Honorary Consultant Position at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Dr Connell holds an appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital as a Consultant with the Corneal Unit.

Click here to view the Eye Surgery Associates Website

Dr Jacqueline Beltz

Dr Jacqueline Beltz (BMedSci, MBBS(Hons), FRANZCO) is an associate at Eye Surgery Associates.  Dr Beltz provides a corneal, refractive and cataract service, with particular emphasis on corneal transplantation.  Dr Beltz graduated in Medicine from the University of Tasmania, and completed her ophthalmology specialty training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.

Following her specialty training, Jacqueline completed two years of advanced fellowship training in corneal transplantation, which included a year in Italy specialising in new types of corneal transplantation.  Jacqueline is the author of one book, several text book chapters and multiple scientific papers.  She particularly enjoys travelling to international conferences, where she is a frequent speaker and instructor.

Dr Beltz is also Staff Specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, where she works on the Corneal Unit.  She also holds a research position at Centre for Eye Research Australia, and is Deputy Medical Director of the Lions Eye Donation Service, Melbourne.  Jacqueline also conducts regular corneal clinics in Launceston, Tasmania.