Dr Farlow completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney. She also completed a Bachelor of Science (Medical) at the University of Sydney with Distinction in Neurophysiology. She completed her internship and residency at St George Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital before being offered ophthalmology training positions at both Sydney Eye Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
Dr Farlow undertook her training as an eye surgeon under the tutelage of the late Prof Fred Hollows at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.
Dr Farlow is the Past Chair of the NSW State Branch Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). She provides lectures and training to optometrists and general practitioners on a regular basis.
Although small, eyes really are, the “windows to the soul” medically speaking. So much can be learnt about the rest of the body by examining the eyes. I really find this fascinating.
Too hard to choose one! So many little procedures make a really big difference to a patient’s vision and eye comfort.
Prof Fred Hollows: such a good observationist. He saw little details others did not and was always asking why.
I have a letter from a patient from many years ago, thanking me for listening to her and recommending a simple blood test that detected a disease. It had caused years of ill health. She was only young, with children, really struggling and miserable. Once her disease was diagnosed and treated, she returned to good health. The letter she sent me was really heart felt and very lovely. I still have it and I’m very glad I was able to help her.
Exercise: I like running and going to the gym. I love my dog, even if he digs up my garden.