Dr Michael Thornton

Cataract & Laser Refractive Surgery
Clinical Lecturer, Sydney University, School of Medicine
BMedSc(Hon), MBBS(Hon), MS(Vasc), MMed(OphSci), FRANZCO

Dr Michael Thornton studied medicine at Sydney University, graduating with Honours, and subsequently attained two Masters degrees while acquiring extensive surgical and ophthalmic training.

He completed his ophthalmology training under the auspices of Sydney Eye Hospital, and has worked in many of the hospitals in Sydney, in addition to rural and remote locations in Australia such as the Northern Territory.

Michael is an experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. He has a particular interest and expertise in refractive, multifocal & complex cataract surgery, minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery (iStent & Hydrus insertion), and sulcus (‘piggyback’) lenses for multifocality, or magnification in advanced macular degeneration.

In addition, Michael is a lecturer at Sydney University and is actively involved with training and curriculum development for the College of Ophthalmologists. He also participates in aid programmes to South East Asia. He holds public appointments at Concord and Campbelltown Hospitals, is a lecturer at Sydney University, and is actively involved with registrar training and the education of future ophthalmologists.


  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), University of Sydney
  • Master of Surgery (Vascular Surgery), University of Sydney
  • Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), University of Sydney
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology, Oxford University
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Refractive & multifocal cataract surgery
  • Laser vision correction
  • Laser-assisted cataract surgery
  • Complex cataract surgery
  • Minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery
  • Prelex Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Phakic IOL Implants for extreme refractive errors
  • Topical anaesthetic cataract surgery
  • Bilateral simultaneous Prelex and Cataract surgery
  • Customise treatment for aberrated eyes e.g. Keratoconus etc

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