Dr. George Smith
MB.ChB, FRCOphth, DO, FRCS(Ed), Diploma in Refractive Surgery Sydney, FRANZCO


Dr. George Smith is an anterior segment expert. He specialises in small-incision sutureless cataract surgery and diseases of the cornea. He has performed over 10,000 cataract operations and over 400 corneal transplants.

Dr. Smith provides his specialist services for Tasmanian Eye Clinics in Hobart.


Dr. Smith qualified in Medicine in 1982 at Dundee University and has trained in both the UK and Australia (where he did a corneal fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, in 1992).

He was the director of the corneal and external eye disease service at the University Hospital in Coventry, UK, from 1996 until 2014. His services there included a position as lead clinician for the cataract service, as well as Clinical Director from 2006 to 2009.

His areas of specialty include refractive surgery, where he has a particular interest in providing spectacle independence following cataract surgery by using the new multifocal and toric intraocular lenses. He is a qualified user of the LenSx femtosecond cataract laser and uses this to good advantage in providing the required precision to get the best from those types of so-called premium implants. His preference is also to use topical anaesthesia for cataract surgery (no injection close to the eye required). Dr. Smith also has extensive experience in treating keratoconus and other diseases of the cornea, corneal surgery including a wide range of keratoplasty techniques, as well as in general ophthalmology, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Professional Credentials

Dr. Smith is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of the United Kingdom
  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The British Society for Refractive Surgery
  • The UK Association of Ophthalmologists
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Midlands Ophthalmological Society
  • UK Medical Contact Lens and Ophthalmic Surgeons Association

He has maintained his continuing professional development and regularly attends national and international conferences on his special interest subjects.

Dr. Smith has written a number of peer-reviewed papers and articles, authored a book chapter and given a number of conference presentations worldwide.

Beyond Work

Dr. Smith is married with a son. He shares many outdoor pursuits with his family, including golfing, swimming, scuba diving and skiing. He also reads a wide range of books.