Ophthalmology projects

The Monash Ophthalmology Department is the second largest provider of ophthalmic care in Victoria with high surgical throughput.We are interested in a number of health issues related particularly to excellence in care and service delivery, and new models of interdisciplinary care with particular emphasis on the patient outcomes of improved vision, regained independence and enhanced quality of life.

The Department is involved in therapeutic trials in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and is a part of a multidisciplinary research team in several other projects.

Head of the Ophthalmology Department, Associate Professor Christine Chen, has established a dedicated trial clinic and made significant contributions to public eye health care delivery and research.

Associate Professor Chen’s research interests include new modalities of ocular imaging such as spectral domain ocular coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography, and how these advances further our understanding of age-related macular degeneration and enable personalised treatment regimes.

She also has an interest in ocular genetics, particularly in how the breakthroughs with CRISPR/Cas-based editing could be applied to ophthalmic diseases as well as the consent process and ethical implications for its therapeutic application.

Associate Professor Chen established a number of subspecialty clinics, including Paediatrics, Cornea, Oculoplastics, Medical and Surgical Retina clinics and increased elective surgical throughput by 50%, cementing Monash Ophthalmology as the second largest ophthalmology service provider in Victoria and Monash’s commitment to deliver accessible tertiary public eye health care.