Our Doctors

The Ballarat Eye Clinic is home to four ophthalmologists who are experienced at all aspects of eye health care. Our doctors consult in Ballarat and operate in several surgical facilities including Ballarat Day Procedure Centre, St John of God Hospital Ballarat, Ballarat Base Hospital, Ararat District Hospital, Stawell District Hospital and Wimmera Base Hospital. 

Dr Michael Toohey
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Dr David McKnight
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David McKnight has been practicing as an Ophthalmologist in Ballarat since 1989. He works at  the Ballarat Eye Clinic and in Melbourne at Brighton Eye Surgery (ph 9592 4863) and The Alfred Hospital. 

He now divides his time between Melbourne and Ballarat.

In Melbourne, he attends The Alfred Hospital as a Teaching/Visiting Medical Officer and also consults privately at Brighton Eye Surgery. He operates at both the Alfred hospital (incl Sandringham) and at Cabrini Hospital, Brighton.

David's experience in ophthalmology is extensive.

Cataract surgery is a special interest having performed several thousand cases. He teaches and supervises Registrars at The Alfred in this surgery.

He is very comfortable with all aspects of Ophthalmology. These include, but are not limited to, medical and surgical management of glaucoma,

Oculoplastic procedures including dacryocystorhinostomy, ectropion/entropion, lid tumours and ptosis.

He is also happy to consult and manage cases of ocular inflammation such as uveitis. Medical Retina management of diabetes and Macular Degeneration is available, including anti VEGF injections. 

 

David McKnight has been practicing as an Ophthalmologist in Ballarat since 1989. He works at  the Ballarat Eye Clinic and in Melbourne at Brighton Eye Surgery (ph 9592 4863) and The Alfred Hospital. 

He now divides his time between Melbourne and Ballarat.

In Melbourne, he attends The Alfred Hospital as a Teaching/Visiting Medical Officer and also consults privately at Brighton Eye Surgery. He operates at both the Alfred hospital (incl Sandringham) and at Cabrini Hospital, Brighton.

David's experience in ophthalmology is extensive.

Cataract surgery is a special interest having performed several thousand cases. He teaches and supervises Registrars at The Alfred in this surgery.

He is very comfortable with all aspects of Ophthalmology. These include, but are not limited to, medical and surgical management of glaucoma,

Oculoplastic procedures including dacryocystorhinostomy, ectropion/entropion, lid tumours and ptosis.

He is also happy to consult and manage cases of ocular inflammation such as uveitis. Medical Retina management of diabetes and Macular Degeneration is available, including anti VEGF injections. 

 

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Dr David Francis
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David Francis graduated with a medical degree from Monash University in 2002 and has since worked as a general hospital doctor in Melbourne, Geelong and Perth. David undertook research to complete a Master of Surgery degree through the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Eye Research Australia in 2006.

The topic of the Master of Surgery research was tissue engineering and stem cell biology, more specifically growing corneal epithelium from limbal stem cells. David trained in ophthalmology through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and went on to complete a fellowship in corneal and anterior segment surgery at the Eye and Ear Hospital. David has published ophthalmic research in peer reviewed journals in addition to presenting research at national and international ophthalmology conferences.

David started working in Ballarat at the start of 2014 and is currently living in Ballarat with his wife and three children. In addition to working at the Ballarat Eye Clinic, David works as a visiting consultant at the Ballarat Base Hospital and as a Consultant surgeon at the Cornea Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

David is also a visiting surgeon at the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group facility in East Melbourne. David is an accredited eye surgeon and member of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and a member of the Australian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Australian Cornea Society.

David Francis graduated with a medical degree from Monash University in 2002 and has since worked as a general hospital doctor in Melbourne, Geelong and Perth. David undertook research to complete a Master of Surgery degree through the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Eye Research Australia in 2006.

The topic of the Master of Surgery research was tissue engineering and stem cell biology, more specifically growing corneal epithelium from limbal stem cells. David trained in ophthalmology through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and went on to complete a fellowship in corneal and anterior segment surgery at the Eye and Ear Hospital. David has published ophthalmic research in peer reviewed journals in addition to presenting research at national and international ophthalmology conferences.

David started working in Ballarat at the start of 2014 and is currently living in Ballarat with his wife and three children. In addition to working at the Ballarat Eye Clinic, David works as a visiting consultant at the Ballarat Base Hospital and as a Consultant surgeon at the Cornea Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

David is also a visiting surgeon at the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group facility in East Melbourne. David is an accredited eye surgeon and member of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and a member of the Australian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Australian Cornea Society.

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Dr Trent Roydhouse
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Trent Roydhouse graduated from the University of Melbourne (MBBS(Hons)), and has undertaken his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  Since completing his registrar training, he has undertaken a fellowship in cataract and general ophthalmic surgery, along with paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Throughout his postgraduate years, Trent has had a keen interest in maximising patient outcomes and care from both a personal and hospital perspective. He has actively participated in various committees including the Clinical Governance Committee, the Patient Safety Committee, and the Medicine Management committee at the RVEEH. He has also sat on the Medication Management Advisory Group for the Department of Health Services Victoria.

Trent has an interest in laboratory based research having previously undertaken research at the Bernard O’Brien Institute for Microsurgery in Melbourne. At this institute he was the principal investigator towards the manufacture of components of a bio-engineered cornea. This consisted of the harvesting and ex-vivo culture of autologous corneal epithelial and endothelial stem cells followed by transplantation onto an animal model. Such techniques were utilised to effect in a number of patients with limbal stem cell deficiency at the RVEEH. 

He will be happy to undertake care for patients with most ophthalmic conditions including cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, oculoplastics and paediatric eye conditions. 

Trent Roydhouse graduated from the University of Melbourne (MBBS(Hons)), and has undertaken his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  Since completing his registrar training, he has undertaken a fellowship in cataract and general ophthalmic surgery, along with paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Throughout his postgraduate years, Trent has had a keen interest in maximising patient outcomes and care from both a personal and hospital perspective. He has actively participated in various committees including the Clinical Governance Committee, the Patient Safety Committee, and the Medicine Management committee at the RVEEH. He has also sat on the Medication Management Advisory Group for the Department of Health Services Victoria.

Trent has an interest in laboratory based research having previously undertaken research at the Bernard O’Brien Institute for Microsurgery in Melbourne. At this institute he was the principal investigator towards the manufacture of components of a bio-engineered cornea. This consisted of the harvesting and ex-vivo culture of autologous corneal epithelial and endothelial stem cells followed by transplantation onto an animal model. Such techniques were utilised to effect in a number of patients with limbal stem cell deficiency at the RVEEH. 

He will be happy to undertake care for patients with most ophthalmic conditions including cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, oculoplastics and paediatric eye conditions. 

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