Ophthalmology (eye diseases and disorders) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

General Enquiries: 02 9845 2270
Appointments: (02) 9845 2261
Email: schn-chw-eyeclinic@health.nsw.gov.au 
Fax: (02) 9845 3949
Location: Eye Clinic, Level 3, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Join Lola on her visit to the Eye Clinic as she shows you exactly what her appointment involves. During Lola's appointment, she sees the orthoptist, who first checks her vision and eye movements and takes photos of her eyes. She then sees the nurse to have eye drops put in. Finally, she sees the ophthalmologist, who looks at her eyes with different lights to check that they are healthy.

When visiting the Eye Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead you will see lots of different health professionals. The appointment can take a while so it’s a good idea to bring some things to do while you wait.

Our services

The Department of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provides tertiary services for children in NSW. It encompasses all the aspects in the treatment of ophthalmology, including:

  • General Ophthalmology
  • Amblyopia and strabismus
  • External eye disease
  • Medical and surgical retina
  • Ocular oncology
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculo plastic and orbital
  • Genetic and
  • Specialised testing, including electrophysiology and visual field assessment

The Department provides services to patients attending the Emergency Department, consultations on inpatient units and examination of eyes under anaesthesia for children under the care of other teams.

There has been an increase in the complexity of cases – such as retinoblastoma, cataracts, glaucoma and neurophthalmology and genetic eye disease.

The Eye Clinic

The Eye Clinic at The Children’s Hospital Westmead is the largest paediatric eye service in NSW.

It consists of an Ophthalmology and Orthoptic Department that work closely together to offer tertiary care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. 

The Eye Clinic also plays a large role in the provision of the State-wide Eyesight Preschool Screening (StEPS) operating over three sites including Westmead, Mount Druitt and Campbelltown.

The Eye Clinic has a close relationship with many departments across the CHW including:

Clinic information

The function of the Clinic is for investigation, diagnosis and management of paediatric eye conditions.

  • Outpatient clinics run five days a week and cover a variety of subspecialties.
  • Location: Eye Clinic, Level 3, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Appointments Ph: (02) 9845 2261


Urgent cases: Present to emergency


All referrals are triaged, and those that meet the criteria will be accepted. Please ensure the referral includes sufficient information to be appropriately triaged.

Please address all Referrals to the doctor by name

Consultant list

Dr Michael Jones: Head Ophthalmologist—General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Retinoblastoma, Strabismus and Paediatric Cataract

Dr Caroline Catt—General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus and Cataract

Dr Craig Donaldson—Strabismus, Cataract and Ocular Oncology

Dr Maree Flaherty—General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Genetic Eye Disease

Professor John Grigg—Paediatric Cataract, Glaucoma, Genetic Eye Disease and Visual Electrophysiology

Dr Subhashini (Subha) Kadappu—General Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Dr Tanya Karaconji—Glaucoma

Dr Kate Leahy—General Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, Cataract and Genetic Eye Disease

Associate Professor Frank Martin—Strabismus and Amblyopia

Dr Carolyn Ross—Cornea and External Eye Disease

Dr Neil Rowe—General Ophthalmology

Dr James Smith—Neonatal Ophthalmology, Cataract and Retinopathy of Prematurity

Dr Jeremy Smith—Retinopathy of Prematurity, Neonatal Ophthalmology and Paediatric Vitreoretinal Disease

Dr Julia Starte—General Paediatric Opthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Strabismus and Paediatric Cataract

Dr Krishna Tumuluri—Eyelid, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery

Dr Sophia Zagora—Inflammatory Eye Disease

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Clinical and administrative staff


  • Katie Geering – Head Orthoptist
  • Louise Brennan
  • Stephanie Crofts – Electrophysiology
  • Sarah Harkins 
  • Lindley Leonard 
  • Georgia Shaw 
  • Georgina Whitney – Eye Clinic CNC


  • Melissa Potts – Subspecialties Practice Manager
  • Abby Carlaw – Administration Officer
  • Lauren Grabara – Secretary