A/Professor Elaine Chong is an ophthalmologist with a long track record of excellence supported by multiple international and national awards.

She is a highly experienced cataract surgeon with a focus on precise refractive results. She has performed over 3000 cataract surgeries, including femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgeries.

A/Professor Chong is also a corneal surgeon who performs laser surgery, cornea cross linking for keratoconus & the latest lamellar partial thickness corneal transplants for various corneal diseases which are preferential to the traditional full thickness corneal transplants including advanced DMEK surgery. She is the principal investigator in the DWEK/DSO trial for treatment of Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy.

A/Professor Chong manages and treats medical retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and vein occlusions and is actively involved in the latest clinical trials in these areas.

A/Professor Chong is the head of department for Ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, committe member of the Victorian branch of RANZCO, executive committee of the Australian & New Zealand Cornea Society and on the editorial board of the Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology Journal.

Epworth hospital locations


Epworth Freemasons Albert Street


Epworth Freemasons Victoria Parade

Consulting locations

Consulting Location

IRIS Surgery

880 Toorak Road
Glen Iris VIC 3146

Special interests

  • Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Medical Retina
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Laser Surgery

Education and training

  • Corneal Fellows
  • Medical retinal Fellows
  • Training supervisor for Ophthalmology registrars
  • Medical doctorate medical student research supervisor


  • Descemetorrhexis Without Endothelial Keratoplasty
  • Centre for Eye Research Australia, www.cera.org.au/people/elaine-chong


  • MBBS
  • MEpi
  • PhD

Professional Associations

  • AMA
  • AAO
  • ISRS
  • World Cornea Society
The Institute groups together surgical sub-specialties of dental, dermatology, opthalmology, oral and maxillofacial, otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat) and plastic surgery.