Dr Richard Symes


Richard SymesB. Sc (Hons), MB BS, FRCOphth, FRANZCO


Dr Richard Symes is a medical retina, uveitis and glaucoma specialist. He graduated from Imperial College, London and subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency in London. His subspecialty fellowship training in medical retina and uveitis was undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. His subspecialty glaucoma training was undertaken at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr Symes also spent 12 months as the Professorial fellow at Sydney Eye Hospital where he gained particular experience managing patients with complex eye diseases.

Dr Symes has a strong interest in cataract surgery, particularly complex cataract surgery in patients with retinal disease, uveitis or glaucoma. During his time in the UK, Dr Symes served as Britain’s representative to the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) young ophthalmologists committee. He also served on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Scientific committee and Surgical Skills committee.

For the last 5 years, Dr Symes has been actively involved in clinical trials for retinal Diseases. He has published a number of articles in the scientific press on cataract surgery visual outcomes.

His diverse fellowship experience helps him to treat patients with multiple eye diseases.

Practice locations:

  • Chatswood
  • Norwest

Medical School:

  • Imperial College, London

Ophthalmology Residency:

  • London, UK


  • Medical Retina and Uveitis – Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
  • Glaucoma – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Professorial – Sydney Eye Hospital

Hospital Appointment: Consultant ophthalmologist at:

  • Sydney Eye Hospital
  • Westmead Hospital

Area of specialization:

  • Medical Retina
  • Uveitis and Inflammatory eye disease
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma