16th of February 2021

How to choose an Ophthalmologist

There are many good qualities to seek in an Ophthalmologist. Ideally your eye doctor should be knowledgeable, experienced and up to date in the latest in the science of their field, which is always changing. They should be kind, personable and approachable for patients – willing and eager to answer questions that arise, to help explain as much as you wish to know. They should be skilful and dexterous, as ophthalmology requires fine and precise clinical procedures.

The quality of your Ophthalmologists’ equipment is important and translates to best care. Make sure your Ophthalmologist uses only the best, high-quality and regularly updated equipment for delivering eyecare.

Today, the best Ophthalmologists are often sub-specialised: they focus on 1-2 particular aspects of Ophthalmology and get very good at this. A/Prof Skalicky is a highly experienced and renowned glaucoma and cataract specialist, who focuses primarily on these two fields.

Reputation and referral are important. Optometrists and General Practitioners commonly refer patients to Ophthalmologists and they will often have a good idea as to which Ophthalmologist is best for your condition. Nothing beats word-of-mouth, and the advice of friends or family who have seen a good Ophthalmologist is invaluable.

The best Ophthalmologists are often involved in international and local organisations to further research and keep abreast of the latest in developments in their field. For instance, A/Prof Simon Skalicky is a Clinical Researcher at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, an active participant in the World Glaucoma Association and President of Glaucoma Australia. He commonly participates in local and international glaucoma and cataract conferences.