Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Department provides comprehensive care and treatment for children with eye and vision disorders including:

  • amblyopia and strabismus (lazy eyes and turned eyes)
  • oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal disorders
  • cataract surgery and glaucoma
  • oncology, especially retinoblastoma
  • oculogenetics and neuro-ophthalmology
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • paediatric low vision (children with visual failure).

Clinics

Ophthalmology Clinic
Level 2 (2d), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Monday to Friday  |  8am–12pm
Monday to Thursday  |  1pm–5pm

Outreach Clinics
Our outreach clinic visits the Cairns Hospital every three months. Contact the Cairns Hospital for more information.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

Tertiary referrals are accepted for all children living in Queensland.

Secondary referrals (e.g. lazy eyes and crossed eyes) should be referred firstly to the local area health service unless the patient lives within the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital catchment area.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • general practitioners
  • paediatric specialists
  • optometrists.

Other referral information

Assessments for new patients will take a few hours to complete.

All new patients will require drops for pupil dilatation (30 minutes) to allow accurate refraction (measurement of the need for glasses) and fundus examination (examination of the internal structures of the eye). A full assessment will take a few hours to complete. You may be seen and examined by several health professionals during your visit.

Information for health professionals

The Ophthalmology Department provides comprehensive care and treatment for children with eye and vision disorders including:

  • amblyopia and strabismus
  • oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal disorders
  • cataract surgery and glaucoma
  • oncology, especially retinoblastoma
  • oculogenetics and neuro-ophthalmology
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • paediatric low vision assessment
  • children with vision failure
  • infantile nystagmus.

Referral instructions

All new patients will require drops for pupil dilatation (30 minutes) to allow accurate refraction and fundus examination. A full assessment will take a few hours to complete. Patients may be seen and examined by both an orthoptist (allied health professional) and a doctor during their visit.

Urgent referrals
Contact the ophthalmology registrar on call via the hospital switchboard. All cases must be discussed with the on-call registrar before a patient can be admitted.
t: 07 3068 1111

Useful links

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Our team

Director

Dr Shuan Dai (MBBS MSc FRANZCO)

Ophthalmologists

Professor Glen Gole (MBBS MD (NSW) FRANZCO FRACS FRCOphth (Lond))
Dr Shaheen Shah (MBBS MSc MD(Res) FRCOphth (Lond) FRANZCO )
Professor Timothy Sullivan (MBBS FRANZCO FRACS)
Dr Sonia Ahn Yuen (MD PhD FRANZCO)
Dr Mark Chiang (MBBS FRANZCO)
Dr Phung Vu (MBBS FRANZCO)
Dr Lily Ooi (MBBS FRANZCO)
Dr Jayne Camuglia (MBBS BSc FRANZCO)
Dr Elias Kehdi (BOpton MOptom MBBS FRANZCO)
Dr Phillipa Sharwood (BOptom MBBS FRANZCO)

This service is available at

Ophthalmology (2d)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Level 2
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2630
e: chq_eyes@health.qld.gov.au

For aligned optometrists

e: CHQ_OptAlign@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4.30pm.
Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resources

Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program
Private paediatric ophthalmologists
List of CHQ aligned optometrists