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Dr Joanne Dondey is a leading Melbourne based ophthalmologist with international fellowship training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She has extensive experience in the treatment of children’s eye problems, childhood strabismus, complex adult strabismus and general ophthalmology. She is an experienced cataract surgeon.

In addition Joanne provides neonatal eye services, including screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and is registered to inject Botulinum toxin (Botox) for blepharospasm.

Joanne has undertaken research and is a published author in several peer reviewed ophthalmic journals. She continues to improve her knowledge and skills by regular contribution at local and international scientific meetings and ongoing postgraduate studies.


Following her medical degree at the University of Queensland, and medical and surgical residency in public hospitals, Joanne undertook specialist training in ophthalmology. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2000.

She discovered a passion for children’s ophthalmology and underwent subspecialty training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She completed 2 Fellowships, firstly at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne then overseas at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Canada, where she was the recipient of the Donald Morin Scholarship.

Joanne then underwent further training in adult cataract surgery in York, UK prior to returning to Australia.




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We are pleased to announce a new Ophthalmologist will be commencing practice at Glen Iris Eye Specialists in the next few months.

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Lisa graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthoptics in 1998.

She spent her earlier orthoptic career working in private practices both interstate and overseas, with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most renowned refractive surgeons. She has vast clinical experience and knowledge in cataract and refractive procedures.

Upon returning home to Melbourne, she continued her work in the refractive specialty with leading Melbourne surgeons Dr Noel Alpins and Dr Rick Wolf.

After taking time off to start her family, Lisa returned to orthoptics with new interest in the subspecialty of medical retina.

Lisa is now finally back to practicing the core of her orthoptic training at Glen Iris Eye Centre, and is enjoying working with both adults and children.

Lisa is multilingual, speaking English, Vietnamese and Cantonese.


Sandra graduated with a Diploma of Applied Science in Orthoptics in 1984 from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, upgrading to a Bachelor of Applied Science (Orthoptics) from La Trobe University in 1992. She has 30 years’ experience in clinical paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and 23 years’ experience as the Retinoblastoma Care Co-Ordinator at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Victoria.

During her time at the RCH, Sandra developed clinical expertise in the management of paediatric glaucoma, cataract, and retinoblastoma, as well as uveitis, head injury and children with special needs. She is actively involved in teaching paediatric ophthalmology clinical skills to medical students, maternal child health nurses and ophthalmology registrar trainees.

As a research orthoptist at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, she has coordinated collaborations with national and international researchers investigating genes that cause congenital glaucoma, congenital cataract and strabismus. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne.

She is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board, and is a member of the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma. Sandra has published in peer-reviewed medical journals and attends and presents at local, national and international conferences.


Treatment of older children and young adults with amblyopia (lazy eye) can be challenging as traditional treatment with an eye patch is often unacceptable. Recently the use of video or iPad games have shown promise as an alternative treatment. The BRAVO study is a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled multicentre trial to assess the effectiveness of a novel videogame-based binocular treatment for amblyopia in older children and adults.

Our Orthoptist, Sandra Staffieri has been involved in the trial. Results will soon be published. For details on the study click here:

An estimated 170 million people worldwide suffer from age related macular degeneration (AMD), a serious eye condition marked by loss of central vision. Suffers struggle with daily life and cannot read or drive.

Scientists are working on a device that acts as an ‘artificial retina’ that can be implanted into the eye to restore functional vision.

Read the following for more details:

Links myopia to amount of time a child spends indoors.

Myopia and the factors involved in it’s progression is an area of intense research. Progression of myopia has been linked to lack of outdoor time in childhood.

I read with interest a recent publication where scientists in the USA have discovered a cell in the retina that may cause myopia when it dysfunctions. The dysfunction may be linked to the amount of time a child spends indoors and away from natural light. “This discovery could lead to a new therapeutic target to control myopia,” said Dr Greg Schwartz lead investigator and author of the research paper.

We are so often bombarded with the Dos and Don’ts when it comes to caring for our children. Ensuring they are healthy and happy is the most important role of the parent. Here are a few simple ways that you can help keep your child’s eyes and sight healthy.

A recent blog post on the RANZCO website has all the details.