Our Doctors

Dr Pamela Weir

MBBS (Hons), MRCS, FRANZCO

Dr Pamela Weir is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who provides a wide range of services across all subspecialties including cataract surgery, eyelid surgery including tumour removal and droopy eyelid problems, retinal problems including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and paediatric screening.

Dr Weir obtained her medical degree in 1987 and went on to specialise in Ophthalmology, obtaining her Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the UK. She then trained at Sydney Eye Hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 1996.

Dr Weir is the founder of myeyespecialist at Ballina and more recently Robina. She is joined by a group of Ophthalmologists with over 60 years experience between them.

Dr Weir is the author of the “The Little Red Eye Book” and has been involved in teaching surgery to Ophthalmology Registrars. She has given many lectures to Registrars, Optometrists, Medical Students and Ancillary staff.

Dr John Langford-Smith

MBBS, BSc (Hons), MSc (Med), FRANZCO

Dr John Langford-Smith has worked as an Ophthalmologist for thirteen years having lived and worked in the Northern Rivers for the last ten of these. He has an exemplary academic background with 20 years of tertiary study. In Science, he achieved first class honours in Biochemistry at Sydney University, worked as an Immunochemist at Royal Price Alfred Hospital Sydney and completed Medicine at Sydney University. He finished a Masters research degree at Sydney Eye Hospital and specialised in Clinical Ophthalmology, completing his training in 2000.

Dr Langford-Smith’s major interests include Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration and medical, laser and surgical treatment of Glaucoma. As one of only a few Ophthalmologists in Australia with formal scientific research training, John has introduced a number of innovations to the Northern Rivers. He was the first Ophthalmologist in the area to employ SLT laser for the treatment for glaucoma. He pioneered combination treatment of diabetes, vein occlusions and other retinal diseases with combinations of laser and anti VEGF antibodies and was one of the first Ophthalmologists in the country to do so.

Dr Langford-Smith also has interests in innovative treatments of macular degeneration and is looking into the synthesis of potential nutritional and immune treatments for this disorder.

Dr Andrea Zarkovic

MBChB PGDipOphthBS FRANZCO

Dr Andrea Zarkovic is an experienced cataract surgeon who subspecialised both in diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration and other retinal conditions as well as surgical and medical treatments of eyelid disorders. Dr Zarkovic also has over 10 years of experience in general ophthalmology and emergency eye medicine.

After completing her medical and ophthalmology training in New Zealand and becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, Dr Zarkovic completed medical retinal fellowship in the United Kingdom, with particular emphasis on treatment of wet macular degeneration, vein occlusions and diabetic retinopathy. Having also worked as part of the medical retina team in New Zealand's largest ophthalmology department, Dr Zarkovic has a unique perspective on the latests trends in available treatments both in Australia and internationally.

Dr Zarkovic has dual subspecialty training with a further UK fellowship in eyelid and lacrimal surgery. Her area of interest is the treatment of watery eyes, lax or droopy eyelids and diagnosis and treatment of lid lesions including surgical reconstruction.

Dr Zarkovic is known for her approachable and caring manner, and attentiveness to patient's individual needs. Andrea's aim is that her patients are delighted with the care they receive and she achieves this by providing knowledgeable, clear explanations and answering all patient questions directly and honestly.

Dr Chris Buckley

MBBS (Melbourne Univ) FRCS (Eng) FRACS  FRANZCO

Chris has been a regular locum in Ballina for the last 10 years, and has relocated to Robina.  

Trained at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and at the Oxford Eye Hospital, UK, he is based in Melbourne where he has a general ophthalmic surgical practice, and runs East Melbourne Ocular Imaging Services.

He has been training medical students and ophthalmic registrars at large general teaching hospitals, Prince Henry’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, for over 30  years; he served on the Court of Examiners for the Federal College of Ophthalmology’s final exams for 10 years; and in Ballina, has been a regular contributor to the GP and optometrists teaching sessions.

His current specialty interests are glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, especially surgical management; all corneal diseases; and therapeutic uses of soft contact lenses.

Dr Chameen Sams

BSc(Med) MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO
Dr Chammen Sams

Dr Chameen Sams is a corneal/external eye diseases specialist and anterior segment surgeon with an interest in providing comprehensive general ophthalmology expertise for his patients.

Dr Sams was the youngest recipient of the Clancey-Donald Fellowship, which sparked his interest in research. Subsequently he completed his PhD in ophthalmology at the University of Sydney, being awarded a competitive NHMRC scholarship as well as a NHMRC grant for his research. Dr Sams has written over 35 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for multiple leading international scientific journals. He has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences. He is currently a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.Dr Sams graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales and completed his ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. With a keen interest in corneal transplant surgery, he completed a corneal fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, one of the few centres in Australia that performs limbal stem cell transplants. Dr Sams comes to the Gold Coast with expertise in cataract surgery with insertion of premium lenses, pterygia, keratoconus, collagen cross-linking, corneal dystrophies and endothelial diseases, herpetic eye disease, as well as complex anterior segment reconstructions. Dr Sams also has an interest in general ophthalmology and has expertise in age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy disease.