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Joseph San LaureanoDr San Laureano is a specialist ophthalmologist. 

He is a principle at Melbourne Eye Centre and a senior consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Dr San Laureano specialises in cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser eye surgery.

He has a special interest in minimimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and was one of the first to be trained in MIGS in Victoria.

He was intially trained in cataract and glaucoma and then undertook further training in refractive surgery. Currently he specialises in vision correction, cataract and pterygium surgery in addition to glaucoma

Dr San Laureano is trained in the most progressive techniques currently available in cataract surgery including topical anaesthesia, laser guided lens alignment, EDOF and multifocal lenses and sutureless surgery. 

He is also trained in LASIK, PRK and Refractive Lens Exchange which are procedures to correct myopia hyperopia and astigmatism

He is one of the few surgeons in Melbourne to be certified in the ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens).

He is certified to implant the iStent, Hydrus microstent the Xen gel  stent and the the new Preserflo stent.

Dr San Laureano holds degrees in Science and Medicine from Monash University and a Masters degree in glaucoma from the University of Melbourne.

He completed his ophthalmology training in Sydney at the Prince of Wales hospital which was formerly under the direction of Professor Fred Hollows.

His fellows year was in glaucoma, also in Sydney.

Dr San Laureano is a lecturer and examiner for the Victorian College of Optometry at the University of Melbourne and is involved in teaching of surgical techniques to ophthalmology trainees at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand college of ophthalmologists, a member of The Australian Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society and of The European Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society

 Dr San Laureano operatingQUALIFICATIONS 


Bachelor of Science BSc
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of surgery MBBS
Masters of Medicine MMed
Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology FRANZCO
Diploma of Illustrative Photography DiPhotog






  • Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive surgeons
  • Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgeons
  • Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive surgeons
  • Member of the Australian Associations of Ophthalmologists





Dr Lukas Sahhar is a comprehensive specialist ophthalmologist with additional training in complex cataract and refractive surgery.

He completed his medical degree at Monash University where he received several Dux awards as well as the Robert Power Prize in Surgery, the Neil Carson Prize in Medicine, the Monash Health Board of Management Prize, the Belinda Farrell Medicine Prize and the Hector Maclean Prize in Ophthalmology for Monash University. He received a scholarship to complete his Honours research degree with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University and has also completed a Master of Public Health.

He undertook his specialist training in Melbourne at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Alfred Hospital, Austin Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital. As a registrar he was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society Kath Holmes Prize. He undertook further subspecialist training as the Cataract Surgery Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne where he gained expertise in managing complex cataract surgery cases and in using modern premium lens technologies.

Dr Sahhar is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he also teaches ophthalmologists in training.

Dr Sahhar manages conditions including:

  • Cataract with use of modern premium corrective lenses
  • Age related macular degeneration requiring injections
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Pterygium
  • Eyelid entropion and ectropion
  • General ophthalmology

He customises his care and lens selection for the individual patient, offering monofocal, multifocal and extended depth of focus lenses tailored to each patient. He employs modern cataract surgery techniques including pain-free anaesthesia with drops (safe for patients on blood thinners), small incision surgery without sutures and eye patch-free recovery to promote early return of vision.

Dr Sahhar grew up in Warragul, Victoria and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He values connecting with his patients and providing friendly and personalised care.



A/Prof. George Kong is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and Glaucoma subspecialist with a particular interest in cataract surgery, comprehensive glaucoma management, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and complex glaucoma caused by angle closure and inflammatory eye diseases.  He also performs pterygium surgery, common eyelid surgeries and ICL refractive correction surgery.

​A/Prof. Kong completed VCE in Melbourne finishing top of the state of Victoria in Mathematics.  He then completed his medical degree (MBBS) from The University of Melbourne, Australia.  He successfully completed his PhD in 2011 supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Training Scholarship.  He was awarded the prestigious Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award from the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) for his work on retinal electrophysiology. 

 A/Prof. Kong completed RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) accredited training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  Subsequently, he embarked on a subspecialty Glaucoma fellowship at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he gained medical and surgical expertise in the treatment of glaucoma.  He then travelled to Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he gained expertise in the advanced management of complex cataract and glaucoma conditions such as glaucoma caused by inflammatory eye diseases (uveitis) and children’s glaucoma.  He has also trained in laser procedures for glaucoma and in new surgical techniques of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery.

 A/Prof. Kong published over 50 international peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 book chapters and is a reviewer of several ophthalmology and optometry journals.  He was instrumental in the development of the GONE (Glaucoma Optic Neuropathy Evaluation) website which has helped thousands of optometrists and junior ophthalmologists around the world improve their optic nerve examination techniques.  He is a co-inventor of software for visual field testing software on iPad – Melbourne Rapid Fields.  He is also the inventor of the Semi-open technique of XEN stent insertion.  A/Prof. Kong was awarded the Gerard Crock Trophy in the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2022 for his work on visual field home monitoring for glaucoma.

A/Prof. Kong speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.

Current Affiliations:

A/Prof. Kong is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Glaucoma Research and Investigation Unit at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. 

He also has appointments as a Consultant ophthalmologist at the glaucoma subspecialty and general ophthalmology clinics at Eastern Health and Monash Health. 

He has an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor position at The University of Melbourne. 

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