Corneal / Refractive
Dr Robin Abell practices in general ophthalmology and cataracts with a subspeciality interest in Cornea and Laser Refractive Surgery. Dr Abell completed his Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital followed by subspeciality fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. He has a special interest in laser vision correction, Fuchs Dystrophy, Keratoconus and applying preventative strategies to avoid loss of vision in corneal disease. Dr Abell is highly skilled in modern techniques of corneal transplantation.
Cataracts / Ocular Plastics
Dr Haybittel was a General Practitioner for five years before specialising as an Ophthalmologist in South Africa. Dr Haybittel has been on the North West Coast of Tasmania since 1995 and did the Australian Ophthalmology fellowship exam in 1996. He works in Devonport and Burnie. Dr Haybittel teaches doctors, medical students and optometrists on a regular basis.
Dr Haybittel also provides a three monthly service to King Island and annually volunteers to work and teach in Samoa, where there is no resident ophthalmologist and blindness due to cataracts is endemic and commonplace.
Cataracts / Retinal
After medical training Dr McKay completed a Masters’ degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. He then undertook Ophthalmology training for a number of years. He was Director of the Ophthalmology unit at the Royal Darwin Hospital for five years where he provided a flying service to Aboriginal communities across the “Top End”. Dr McKay then spent five years in Papua New Guinea as clinical lead for the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. Dr McKay maintains his involvement in PNG. Dr McKay lives in Forth and has been working full time with North West Eye Surgeons since 2013
Dr Traill completed his MBBS at the University of Tasmania. He studied ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was awarded the James McBride White Medal for retinal research. He went on to complete a surgical and medical retinal fellowship at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in the UK. Dr Traill now works and teaches on the coast two days a week.