Dr Thomas Hardy is an ophthalmologist specialising in treatment of disorders of the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, and lacrimal (tear drainage) system, collectively called oculoplastics.
He graduated from Melbourne University in 1994, training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital from 1998-2000, before undertaking 5 years of post-graduate oculoplastics fellowship training in eyelid, orbital and lacrimal surgery in the UK, from 2001-2005. During this time he trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London for 3 years, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for 1 year, and additionally in Cambridge, Salisbury and Southampton.
He regularly gives presentations at scientific meetings in Australia and overseas, has over 50 publications in scientific journals, and author of 3 book chapters. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons, and regularly reviews articles on several international journals in the field.
Dr Hardy is Head of the Orbital, Plastic and Lacrimal Service at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and consultant ophthalmologist at the Ophthalmology Department of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also the oculoplastics consultant for the ophthalmology department of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
His areas of specialty include:
• Eyelid disorders, including skin cancers of the eyelids, and abnormal eyelid position, such as drooping of the upper eyelid (ptosis), entropion (turned inwards) and ectropion (turned outwards);
• Orbital disorders, such as thyroid eye disease, tumours, trauma, and problems associated with the loss of an eye;
• Lacrimal disorders, particularly blockages of the tear drainage system; and
• Botox injections for blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms and facial palsy related spasms.