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Dr Simon Chen

Cataract & Retinal Surgeon

02 9424 9999 Chatswood, Drummoyne, Bondi Junction
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about Dr Simon Chen

Areas of Special Interest
Cataract & Retinal Surgeon
Routine / Complex Cataract Surgery
Floaters, Retinal detachment

  • Parking available


Examples of Dr Chen performing eye surgery can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/@DrSimonChen

Services provided:

1. Cataract surgery

  • Including the use of toric, extended depth of focus (EDOF) and multifocal intraocular lenses

2. Vitreoretinal surgery

  • Retinal detachment
  • Floaters (YAG laser vitreolysis & vitrectomy surgery)
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Macular hole
  • Intravitreal injections for age related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion

Areas of expertise:

  • Routine / Complex cataract surgery
  • Routine / Complex vitreoretinal surgery
  • Managing complications of eye surgery and trauma
  • Intraocular lens exchange surgery

Hospitals practicing at:

  • Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Drummoyne
  • Chatswood Private Hospital


MBBS, BSc (Honours), FRANZCO


  • Australian & New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Dr Chen graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of London, UK, then trained in
Ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK.

He completed Vitreoretinal Surgery fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital and Lions Eye Institute, Australia.

He has published extensively on various aspects of cataract and retinal surgery. He has been a principal investigator for numerous international clinical trials of novel treatments for retinal disease.

Dr Chen has had the privilege of performing cataract or retinal surgery on over 100 Sydney optometrists and their closest relatives. He was the first surgeon in the world to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery combined with vitrectomy surgery.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@DrSimonChen

Referral Info

Accepts referrals for:
  • cataracts
  • blurred or distorted vision
  • floaters
  • flashing lights
  • retinal tears / retinal detachment
  • ocular trauma
  • epiretinal membranes
  • macular holes

What to bring to your appointment:
  • Your referral letter from a GP or optometrist (see above)
  • Your Medicare card
  • Your private health insurance card (if you are insured)Pensioner or concession card (if applicable)
  • Veteran Affairs card (if applicable)
  • A list of your current medications
  • Sunglasses (in case your pupils are dilated as part of the examination process)
  • Payment for any out-of-pocket costs (if applicable)

You may wish to bring a friend, family member or carer and a list of questions to the appointment to help you understand your condition and make an informed decision about your treatment plan.

Our clinics also have qualified orthoptists and optometrists on hand to help answer any questions you may have following your consultation with the ophthalmologist.

Waiting times
Our booking system is designed so that we can see patients as efficiently as possible and keep waiting times to a minimum.

However, unexpected situations/emergencies can and do arise because we treat a range of eye conditions, many of which can be sight-threatening and require immediate attention. As registered and professional healthcare providers, we have a duty of care to look after all of our patients to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that our doctors and orthoptists may run over time.

While we never like to inconvenience patients, we hope that you can appreciate our aim of providing the highest level of care. Please be assured that the same priority service will be extended to you should it ever be required.

contact Dr Simon Chen

02 9424 9999

02 9410 3000

Level 3, 270 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

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