About Dr Kuo Luong Lee


Dr KL Lee is an ophthalmologist with a special interest in medical and surgical retinal diseases and cataract surgery who has been providing the latest patient-centred ophthalmic care in Newcastle and the Hunter region since 2016. He has developed a reputation for his warm, friendly manner with patients and healthcare professionals and clear communication regarding patients’ medical and surgical management.

He consults from rooms in East Maitland and Warners Bay, and operates at Maitland Private Hospital and Charlestown Private Hospital. Since 2018, Dr Lee has been a Visiting Medical Officer in Ophthalmology at John Hunter Hospital and Kurri Kurri District Hospital where he has regular theatre lists for public waiting list patients.

He had previously trained in Newcastle, Christchurch (New Zealand) and the Central West, in Dubbo and Orange. He completed his advanced ophthalmology training in Auckland and Hamilton, New Zealand before commencing subspecialty training in vitreoretinal surgery in Hamilton and then at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH), UK, which is one of the largest eye hospitals in Europe.

Dr Lee is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and is a member of the following professional associations:

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS)
  • British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS)
  • Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO)

He has extensive experience in the management of:

  • Vitreomacular traction
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Retinal detachment repair
  • Repair of complicated cataract surgery and aphakia
  • Intravitreal injections for a wide variety of macular and retinal diseases
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Cataract surgery
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Comprehensive ophthalmology

Cataract and vitreoretinal procedures can be done within 1-2 weeks with emergency procedures such as retinal detachments usually arranged within 1-2 days on his private operating lists. Urgent intravitreal injections can usually be done on the day of referral.

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