Justine Smith, Ophthalmology, FSACS

Department of Ophthalmology

As part of the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, the Department of Ophthalmology are at the forefront of the fight against blinding eye disease.

Our approaches include basic biomedical science and a comprehensive integrated research program that crosses disciplines and focuses on clinical outcomes and health management.


Contact us

Ms Deb Sullivan - Research Development Officer | Phone +61 8 8204 5737 | Fax +61 8 8277 0899 | Email eye.vision@flinders.edu.au


About Ophthalmology at Flinders



Doctor of Medicine

We are involved in teaching ophthalmology into the Doctor of Medicine. Tutors from within our department provide students with a solid understanding of:

  • The anatomy of the eye.
  • Organic and external causes of eye disease and injury.
  • Ophthalmological procedures and techniques.

This helps prepare students for their future careers as generalist practitioners, as well as giving them a solid foundation from which to work, should they eventually choose to specialise in ophthalmology.



In conjunction with our close partners in Optometry and Vision Science, we teach into the undergraduate optometry course.


Honours and research higher degrees

There are also opportunities for clinicians and science graduates to become involved in postgraduate research programs. We welcome a small number of honours students each year.

Our department has a strong track record for student completion of masters and PhD studies by research.


Weekly seminars

The Department of Ophthalmology holds weekly meetings open to students and health professionals. Seminars include a mixture of presentations from members of the department and external guest speakers.

The seminar series run from March to November, at 8am Tuesdays in the Neil Della Seminar Room, Flinders Private Hospital.



We are home to the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research. We aim to improve outcomes for patients with blinding eye conditions affecting our community through research in the key areas of cataract, corneal graft survival, diabetic retinopathy glaucoma and uveitis.


Evidence-based eye searches


Clinical practice

Flinders Eye Centre

The Department of Ophthalmology is closely linked to the Flinders Eye Centre, a public and private service for people with medical conditions of the eye. Our relationship enables many of our research projects to be carried out in a real world clinical setting, and provides opportunities for students to complete clinical placements.


The Eye Bank of South Australia

The Eye Bank based at Flinders Medical Centre collects and distributes donated eyes from across South Australia for use in sight-restoring corneal graft surgery. It also works closely with the members of the Department on several projects, including the Australian Corneal Graft Registry.

Our relationship enables collaboration on laboratory-based research using donated eye tissue that has been unsuitable for transplantation.


The Australian Corneal Graft Registry

The Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma

Australian & New Zealand Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit