Dr Alexander Tan

Dr Alexander Tan

General Ophthalmologist, Cataract surgeon

Dr Alexander Tan is a Melbourne-trained eye surgeon specialising in general ophthalmology. He has a special interest in cataract surgery and diseases of the retina, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is currently an Ophthalmology consultant at Monash Medical Centre and Yarra Ranges Health, and performs a visiting surgical service to rural New South Wales.

Alexander began his medical training at the age of 16 at The University of Western Australia, graduating with both a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with First Class Honours in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours. He then commenced work at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and continued to contribute to clinical research at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. He completed his ophthalmic training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne, whilst serving on the Qualification and Education Committee and as a member of the Senior Trainees Network for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO).

He previously served as the Chief Ophthalmology Registrar at RVEEH and was responsible for teaching new Ophthalmology trainees in the Victorian Training Network, as well as coordinating the national RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination. Dr Tan continues to serve on the RANZCO Curriculum Committee for Retinal disease, and is a Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology for the University of New England. He has presented his research at local and international scientific conferences, and has received a number of scholarships, awards and grants. Dr Tan recently spent 3 years working full-time in rural NSW as a general ophthalmologist, serving the needs of patients with poor access to healthcare, and continues to perform a regular visiting surgical service there.

Dr Tan has performed over 3,000 successful cataract surgeries and is always striving to perfect his surgical techniques. He also manages a wide range of ophthalmic disease including glaucoma, oculoplastics, and neuro-ophthalmology. He is pleased to offer his clinical expertise in the following areas:

  • Laser surgery
    • Retinal Lasers
    • YAG peripheral iridotomy
    • YAG capsulotomy
    • SLT Laser for Glaucoma
  • Cataract surgery
  • Common lid diseases (Chalazion/tarsal cyst, lid lesion removal)
  • Glaucoma, including Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
  • Pterygium Removal
  • Blepharitis and dry eyes
  • Inflammatory eye diseases / uveitis
  • Diseases of the retina including:
    • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Age-related macular degeneration
    • Vein occlusion
    • Central serous retinopathy

Alexander believes that good communication is the cornerstone for excellent medicine. His patients are given time to ask questions and understand all of the options available before proceeding with a treatment plan tailored to meet their individual needs. His clinical motto is: “What would I do for my loved one”. Outside of work he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their young daughter.

Professional Achievements:

  • Noel and Imelda Foster Award, given to a Registrar or Fellow who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contribution to the life of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, specifically in the areas of: promoting clinical excellence; teaching and research; patient centred care; and, demonstrating the values of the Eye and Ear.
  • Royal Children’s Hospital New Technology Grant
  • Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia New Investigator Grant
  • Australian Postgraduate Award for postgraduate medical research
  • UWA “A & A Saw” Scholarship for postgraduate medical research
  • Alvina King Scholarship, UWA Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Professional Memberships:

  • RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists)
  • AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • ASO (Australian Society of Ophthalmologists)