Dr. Richard Sheard
MB, BChir, MA (Cantab), MSc, FRCOphth, FRANZCO

Richard SheardAbout Dr. Sheard

Dr. Richard Sheard became a valued member of Tasmanian Eye Clinics in 2015 and has developed a reputation for being dedicated to his patients.

Richard is the Vitreo Retinal Specialist here at Tasmanian Eye Clinics. Providing exceptional ophthalmic care to both children and adults, Richard treats the full range of retinal diseases, including diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and eye injuries.

Richard moved with his family from the United Kingdom in 2015 and enjoys the new opportunities that come from living and working in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.


Richard graduated from Cambridge University (UK) in 1993 with a first class honours degree and a distinction in Medicine.

After initial jobs in general medicine, neurology and neurosurgery he returned to Cambridge for basic ophthalmic surgical training.

Richard passed the final FRCOphth examination in 1998 with the highest marks in the year, resulting in the award of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Harcourt Medal.

In 1999 Richard moved to the prestigious Moorfield Eye Hospital in London (UK) for higher surgical training, where he developed his specialist expertise in diseases of the vitreous and retina.

Between 2004 and 2015 Richard worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield, UK) as a vitreo-retinal consultant, treating the full range of retinal diseases in both children and adults. As well as treating retinal diseases Richard is skilled in small-incision cataract surgery and was Lead Clinician for the Cataract Service in Sheffield between 2006 and 2015.


  • Small-incision cataract surgery
  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular hole
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Eye injuries
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Professional Credentials

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK)
  • Member of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists

Richard has an active research portfolio, including large multi-centre clinical trials, and has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals on subjects related to retinal disease and cataract surgery. He also acts as a reviewer for a number of high-profile ophthalmic publications.