Dr Heydon completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales and undertook ophthalmology training via the Sydney Eye Hospital network, including outposts in Darwin, Port Macquarie and Lismore. He then completed a specialist fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis in London, at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Dr Heydon now has Visiting Medical Officer positions at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Liverpool Hospital, managing complicated ophthalmological conditions, with a special interest in uveitic cataract, diabetic retinopathy and systemic conditions affecting the eye such as auto-immune disease. He is actively involved in registrar and hospital teaching in clinic and in theatre. He has published book chapters and manuscripts in ophthalmic journals and is currently working on the Sydney Local Health District Rare Diseases steering committee.
Dr Heydon locums each year at Alice Springs Hospital and has a special interest in the people, culture and geography of Central Australia.
Our eyesight has such a profound influence on our experience of the world. Having realised this early in my medical career, ophthalmology seemed like the obvious choice!
Cataract surgery. It is a reliable operation with an extremely high success rate and has immediate effects on the patient’s quality of life.
My mentor, A/Prof Ross Benger, always used the catch phrase “Show me the evidence!” Nothing is certain in life, but science and medicine at least helps us get closer to the truth.
Too many to mention! I always try to remember the concept of “sonder” when seeing a patient – every person presenting with an eye condition has a complex and intricate life also, and this can influence their medical condition.
I enjoy spending time in the natural world. I am currently trying to learn the flora and fauna of Central Australia and feel most relaxed when walking in the MacDonnell Ranges.