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Dr Patrick Versace Ophthalmologist

Dr Patrick

Dr Patrick


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While working as an anaesthetist with Project Orbis, a flying eye hospital travelling to underprivileged regions, Dr Patrick Versace discovered that his real passion lay in ophthalmology. Today, he is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon, who has performed thousands of vision correction procedures. Dr Versace is continually involved in trialling and developing new treatments and technology, allowing him to stay up to date with the latest advances in this area. He specialises in lens surgery to correct age-related long-sightedness (presbyopia), with particular expertise in using implantable lenses (KAMRA, Presbia and Raindrop inlays) and multifocal lenses. He also has considerable experience in laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE®, ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and laser cataract surgery. This includes being among the first to use LASIK for laser eye surgery and helping to contribute to its development. Dr Versace can offer patients access to the latest option in intraocular lens technology.

In Focus

Dr Versace on leave until January 2020

Dr Versace has commenced 6 months of leave to travel overseas and take up a short-term role in regulatory affairs and lens development with a leading Dutch optical company.

We wish him all the best and eagerly anticipate his return in January 2020.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • First surgeon in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to perform Wavefront-guided LASIK
  • One of the first surgeons in Australia to use KAMRA inlays for presbyopia
  • One of the first surgeons to use LASIK technology for laser eye surgery
  • Contributed to the development of LASIK for vision correction


  • Clinical Lecturer at the University of New South Wales for 20 years
  • Surgical trainer and has certified many surgeons around the world in various refractive techniques
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate supervisor, University of New South Wales

Other professional achievements

  • Senior Staff Specialist Ophthalmologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital for 20 years
  • Surgical trainer for registrar training program
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Australian Navy
  • Invited speaker at numerous local and international conferences

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists


Dr Versace actively undertakes research projects in the area of refractive surgery and has published a number of scientific papers. He was involved in research into laser vision procedures, including early techniques and, more recently, Zyoptix. He also has research interests in intraocular lenses, specifically lenses that correct presbyopia. Dr Versace regularly participates in FDA and TGA clinical trials.

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Versace spent one year working with Project Orbis operating and teaching ophthalmic surgery and anaesthetics in Central and South America. He is also part of an ophthalmologist teaching program in Burma, teaching local surgeons cataract surgery.

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Diploma of Anaesthetics, London, UK
  • Ophthalmology training, Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
  • Mini-fellowship in refractive surgery with Dr Steven Slade, Houston, USA
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Publications Congress posters and lectures
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  • Refractive Surprises after Cataract Surgery. Causes, Prevention and Management

    Invited symposium presenter at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Congress, Adelaide, 2018.


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