Professor Noel Alpins AM

M.B., B.S., D.O. (MELB), F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.R.A.C.S., F.R.C.Ophth., F.A.C.S.



Professor Alpins has been practising cataract surgery and refractive surgery since founding NewVision Clinics in the 1990’s. He nationally and internationally recognised as a leading cataract and refractive surgeon and a leading world authority on myopia and astigmatism treatment with the excimer laser. Professor Alpins began performing refractive surgery in 1985 introducing the technique of radial keratotomy at that time, and was one of the first surgeons in Australia to use the Laser Vision correction techniques. Since 1991, he has treated over 20,000 patients with the Excimer laser.

He has invented new methods for treating and analysing astigmatism which includes Vector Planning™, and has developed the ASSORT surgical planning outcomes analysis software program that is used by ophthalmologists in Australia and overseas. He speaks widely on these topics at national and international meetings and has been a keynote speaker and chair on many occasions. In 2010, he was the invited Council Lecturer at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) annual scientific meeting in Adelaide, which was established to honour Fellows engaged in original work.

Professor Alpins is on the editorial board of many prestigious publications, including the American and European Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surgery News, Eurotimes and others. He regularly contributes articles to scientific journals and ophthalmic information magazines on cataract and laser, astigmatism and myopia surgery. His research paper ‘Clinical outcomes of laser in situ keratomileusis using combined topography and refractive wavefront treatments for myopic astigmatism’ published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery demonstrated the benefits of vector planning on visual outcomes compared with current available treatments. His latest research paper ‘A new method of quantifying corneal topographic astigmatism (CorT) that corresponds with manifest refractive cylinder’ was also published in JCRS. This paper demonstrates that CorT total describes corneal astigmatism more accurately than Simulated Keratometry values (SimK) that have been employed since the introduction of corneal topography technology in the 80’s.

He has received several awards during his career, including the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Lans Distinguished Award in Chicago in 2012. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made innovative contributions to the field of refractive surgery, especially in the correction of astigmatism. He received the 2013 American Academy Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award and the ISRS Lifetime Achievement award for his internationally recognised contributions to the advancement of refractive surgery over his career. In May 2015 the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery awarded Dr Alpins the Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing in recognition of his contributions made to the quality of the journal.

In 2017, Professor Alpins was awarded with his Member of General Division of Order of Australia AM Honour for his significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to the development of innovative refractive surgery techniques, and to professional associations.

Also in 2017, Professor Noel Alpins AM released the book Practical Astigmatism, Planning and Analysis. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the internationally recognised Alpins Method for treating and analysing astigmatism. For more information please click here.

Professor Alpins would like to invite you to attend one of his medical clinics in Melbourne for an obligation free assessment.