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image-tools (41)Ophthalmologist and driving force behind the establishment of the Lions Eye Donation Service (previously the Lions Eye Bank), Dr Ian Robertson was recognised in the Australia Day Honours last month.

Dr Robertson was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal for services to ophthalmology and the Lions Eye Donation Service, which he helped establish in the 1980s. The Lions Eye Bank, as it was then called, was the first modern eye bank in Australia.

Dr Robertson revolutionised the provision of corneal tissue for transplantation and was also the founding Head of the Corneal Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

He describes receiving the award as “a great shock” and “most unexpected and undeserved”.

Current Director of the Lions Eye Donation Service, Dr Graeme Pollock disagrees.

“I don’t think I’ve met a nicer person and more deserving person in all of ophthalmology. I’m absolutely thrilled at him receiving the award.”