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  • Do I need an eye examination? Who should I go to?
    A regular eye examination is a crucial aspect of health maintenance. Our sight is our most important sense, and in order to detect eye disease early, a regular examination is required. A number of eye conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma cause no discernable symptoms in the early stages, but their early detection saves sight. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor best qualified to detect and treat diseases of the eye, and tailor the treatment to the patient’s individual needs, whether that treatment is medical or surgical.
  • What is a cataract? Who gets them?
    A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens. It is an age-related process that happens to everyone. Most people have some degree of cataract from the age of 60 onwards. Occasionally cataracts can develop in younger individuals who have experienced eye trauma, or have diabetes or other systemic illnesses.

    The symptoms of cataract are:

    • Blurred vision or poor vision quality
    • Glare
    • Inability to discern shapes in dim lighting
    • Frequent changes in spectacle prescription

    The definitive treatment of cataract is surgery, which is performed under local anaesthetic as a day procedure. The results last a lifetime and there are a number of available intraocular lens options that reduce the need for spectacles after surgery.
  • What is a pterygium? Is it dangerous?
    A pterygium is a wedge-shaped growth of conjunctiva onto the cornea, the clear window at the front of the eye. It is due to extensive sun exposure, and is commonly seen in people who work outdoors or play a lot of outdoor sports.

    A pterygium can grow over the pupil and cause blurred vision. It can also cause intermittent redness and irritation of the eye. Less commonly, a cancerous growth can develop within a pterygium. These cancerous growths need early surgical removal for the best chance of cure.
  • What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?
    Macular degeneration is the commonest cause of blindness in the elderly population. It affects 1 in 7 people over the age of 50. Early macular degeneration causes no symptoms, but can be detected by an ophthalmologist.

    As the condition progresses, the following may be noticed:

    • Blurred vision (especially reading vision)
    • Difficulty reading in dim lighting
    • Distortion of straight lines
    • Patches missing in the central vision

    ‘Wet’ macular degeneration, which often takes the vision quickly (in a matter of weeks), can be effectively treated if detected early. Dry macular degeneration is not reversible, but treatment is available to slow down its progression.
  • What is glaucoma? What are the symptoms?
    Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that result in progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of peripheral vision. Glaucoma cannot be detected by checking the eye’s pressure alone, as up to 30% of patients with glaucoma have eye pressures in the ‘normal’ range. Most types of glaucoma are painless and cause no symptoms until very late in the disease course.

    Accurate detection of glaucoma requires a thorough eye assessment including measurement of eye pressure, examination of the optic nerves, and assessment of visual fields. It also requires expert knowledge of subtle abnormalities. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma is the only means of preventing further vision loss.
  • I want to be free of spectacles and contact lenses. What are my options?
    A range of options is available to allow freedom from spectacles and contact lenses. These include LASIK, advanced surface ablation, lensectomy, and implantable contact lenses. The best option takes a highly individualised approach, taking into account the person’s age, glasses and/or contact lens prescription, the health of their eye, and their hobbies and lifestyle. Not all individuals are suitable for laser vision correction, but for the vast majority, a suitable alternative exists.
  • What is keratoconus? What are the treatment options?
    Keratoconus causes progressive thinning of the cornea. The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye, which focuses light onto the retina. The cornea is normally smooth and dome-shaped. However, in keratoconus, it becomes very thin, irregular, and starts to protrude like a cone. This causes blurred vision that is often not correctable with glasses. Keratoconus usually involves both eyes, however one eye may be more advanced than the other.

    Vision can initially be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but as the condition progresses, these no longer afford good vision, and a corneal transplant may be recommended.

    Keratoconus is best detected early, as there is effective treatment available to halt its progression and maintain good vision. This treatment is called corneal collagen cross-linking, which is effective in the vast majority.
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Dr Dana Robaei - Sydney Ophthalmologist

Dr Dana Robaei

Ophthalmic Surgeon MBBS(Hons) BSc(med) MPH PhD FRANZCO

Dr Dana Robaei is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, with fellowship training in Cataract Surgery and Corneal Transplantation from Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Medical Retina from Sydney Eye Hospital.

She has extensively published in the national and international ophthalmic literature, and presented at international ophthalmology conferences.

She specialises in Cataract Surgery, Pterygium Surgery, Macular Degeneration and all aspects of comprehensive ophthalmology.

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.

Professional Qualifications

  • Graduated from UNSW with Honours, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Master of Public Health, UNSW
  • PhD in medicine (Visual impairment in Australian School Children)
  • Advances specialty training in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery at Sydney Eye Hospital
  • Subspecialty fellowship training in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London UK
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in ophthalmology, University of Sydney
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Westmead Hospital
  • Director of Forest Eye Surgery, Frenchs Forest