Dr Robaei is the Founder and Director of Forest Eye Surgery. She is a comprehensive ophthalmic surgeon with additional expertise in corneal diseases and corneal transplantation.
She completed her undergraduate medical degree with Honours at University of New South Wales (UNSW). Her ophthalmology specialist training was completed at Sydney Eye Hospital, where she also gained subspecialty fellowship training in medical retina. She then travelled to London to undergo a second subspecialty fellowship in complex cataract surgery and corneal surgery at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Dr Robaei holds a Master of Public Health from UNSW, and a PhD in ophthalmology from the University of Sydney. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a consultant ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital where she teaches cataract and corneal surgery to future ophthalmic surgeons.
She has extensively published in the national and international ophthalmic literature, and presented at international ophthalmology conferences, as well as having authored a book on childhood visual impairment.
Dr Robaei is committed to clinical and surgical excellence, with the aim of providing the highest possible standard of care based on the latest available evidence, in combination with effective communication to patients and their referrers.
Lee BWH, Hunter D, Robaei D, Samarawickrama C. Open globe injuries: Epidemiology, visual and surgical predictive variables, prognostic models, and economic cost analysis. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2021 May;49(4):336-346. doi:10.1111/ceo.13944. Epub 2021 May 26. PMID: 33982383.
Khoo P, Cabrera-Aguas M, Robaei D, Lahra MM, Watson S. Microbial Keratitis and Ocular Surface Disease: A 5-Year Study of the Microbiology, Risk Factors and Clinical Outcomes in Sydney, Australia. Curr Eye Res. 2019 Nov;44(11):1195-1202. doi: 10.1080/02713683.2019.1631852. Epub 2019 Jun 24. PMID: 31189397.
Cabrera-Aguas M, Robaei D, McCluskey P, Watson S. Clinical translation of recommendations from randomized trials for management of herpes simplex virus keratitis. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018 Dec;46(9):1008-1016. doi:10.1111/ceo.13319. Epub 2018 May 30. PMID: 29749113.
Carnt N, Robaei D, Minassian DC, Dart JKG. Acanthamoeba keratitis in 194 patients: risk factors for bad outcomes and severe inflammatory complications. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jan 3. pii: bjophthalmol-2017-310806. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310806.
Robaei D, Chan UT, Khoo P, Cherepanoff S, Li YC, Hanrahan J, Watson S. Corneal biopsy for diagnosis of recalcitrant microbial keratitis. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018 Apr 16.
Carnt N, Robaei D, Watson SL, Minassian DC, Dart JK. The Impact of Topical Corticosteroids Used in Conjunction with Antiamoebic Therapy on the Outcome of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Ophthalmology. 2016 May;123(5):984-90.
Robaei D, Naunton M, Watson S. Seeing red: over-the-counter chloramphenicol. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2015;43(2):99-100.
Robaei D, Carnt N, Minassian DC, Dart JKG. Therapeutic and optical keratoplasty in the management of Acanthamoeba keratitis: risk factors, outcomes and summary of the literature. Ophthalmology. 2015 Jan;122(1):17-24.
Robaei D, Carnt N, Minassian DC, Dart JKG. The impact of topical corticosteroid use before diagnosis on the outcome of Acanthamoeba keratitis. Ophthalmology. 2014 Jul;121(7):1383-8.
Featured in EyeNet, June 2014
Robaei D, Watson S. Corneal blindness: A global problem. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2014;42(3):213-4.
Gopinath B, Baur LA, Burlutsky G, Robaei D, Mitchell P. Socio-economic, familial and perinatal factors associated with obesity in Sydney schoolchildren. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2012;48(1):44-51.
Mitchell P, Robaei D. Author reply. Ophthalmology, 2008;115(1):223.
Robaei D, Mitchell P. Visual impairment in Australian school children: Prevalence, causes, and associations. VDM Verlag 2008.
Ip JM, Huynh SC, Robaei D, Kifley A, Rose KA, Morgan IG, Mitchell P. Ethnic differences in refraction and ocular biometry in a population-based sample of 12-year-old Australian children. Eye, 2008 May;22(5):649-56.
Ip JM, Huynh SC, Robaei D, Rose K, Morgan IG, Smith W, Kifley A, Mitchell P. Ethnic differences in the impact of parental myopia: Findings from a population-based study of 12-year-old Australian children. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2007;48(6):2520-8.
Ip JM, Robaei D, Rochtchina E, Rose KA, Smith W, Wang J, Mitchell P. Can information on the purpose of spectacle use and age at first use predict refractive error type? Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 2007;14(2):88-92.
Robaei D, Kifley A, Mitchell P. Factors associated with previous diagnosis of strabismus in a population-based ample of 12-year-old Australian children. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2006;142(6):1805-7.
Robaei D, Huynh SC, Kifley A, Mitchell P. Correctable and non-correctable visual impairment in a population-based sample of 12-year-old Australian children. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2006;142(1):112-118.
Robaei D, Rose K, Kifley A, Cosstick M, Mitchell P. Factors associated with childhood strabismus. Findings from a population-based study. Ophthalmology 2006;113(7):1146-53.
Highlighted by Academy Express, the American Academy of Ophthalmology
July 26, 2006
Robaei D, Wang J, Tan M, Rose KA, Kifley A, Mitchell P. Patterns of eyecare utilisation by young Australian children. Findings from a population-based study. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2006;13:153-8.
Robaei D, Rose K, Ojaimi E, Kifley A, Martin FJ, Mitchell P. Causes and associations of amblyopia in a population-based sample of 6-year old Australian children. Archives of Ophthalmology 2006;124:878-84.
Robaei D, Kifley A, Gole G, Mitchell P. The impact of modest prematurity on visual function at age 6 years. Findings from a population-based study. Archives of Ophthalmology 2006;124:871-7.
Huynh SC, Wang X, Ip J, Robaei D, Kifley A, Rose KA, Mitchell P. Prevalence and associations of anisometropia and aniso-astigmatism in a population-based sample of 6-year-old children. British Journal of Ophthalmology 2006;90(5):597-601.
Robaei D, Rose K, Kifley A, Mitchell P. Patterns of spectacle use in young Australian school children. Findings from a population-based study. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 2005;9(6):579-83.
Quoted in the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald, January 23, 2006
In top 25 most downloaded articles (Jan-Mar 2006)
Huynh SC, Ojaimi E, Robaei D, Rose K, Mitchell P. Accuracy of the Lang II stereotest in screening for binocular disorders in 6-year-old children. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2005;140(6):1130-2.
Ojaimi E, Morgan IG, Robaei D, Rose KA, Smith W, Rochtchina E, Mitchell P. Effect of Stature and Other Anthropometric Parameters on Eye Size and Refraction in a Population-Based Study of Australian Children. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 2005;46(12):4424-9.
Ojaimi E, Robaei D, Rochtchina E, Rose KA, Morgan IG, Mitchell P. Impact of birth parameters on eye size in a population-based study of 6-year old Australian children. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2005;140(3):535-7.
Ojaimi E, Rose K, Morgan IG, Smith W, Martin FJ, Kifley A, Robaei D, Mitchell P. Distribution of ocular biometric parameters in a population-based study of Australian children. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 2005;46(8):2748-2754.
Cosstick M, Robaei D, Mitchell P, Rochtchina E, Rose K. Numerical confusion errors in Ishihara testing: Findings from a population-based study of young children. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2005;140(1):154-6.
Robaei D, Rose K, Ojaimi E, Kifley A, Huynh S, Mitchell P. Visual acuity and the causes of visual loss in a population-based sample of 6-year old Australian children. Ophthalmology 2005;112:1275-1282.
Quoted in Ophthalmology Times, May 3, 2005