2019 José I. Barraquer Lecture and Award:Prof. Noel Alpins

Professor Noel Alpins AM has been specializing in cataract and refractive surgery since founding NewVision Clinics in Melbourne in 1996. He speaks widely on these topics at Australian national and international meetings. He has developed new techniques for treating and analyzing astigmatism known as the Alpins Method which are peer reviewed journal published and has developed the ASSORT array of surgical management computer programs for Vector Planning and analysis of treatment. His book Practical Astigmatism-Planning and Analysis was published by SLACK in September 2017.

Noel is an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial board of several ophthalmic information magazines and peer reviewed journals. He has contributed over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals and ophthalmic information magazines as well as more than 20 book chapters. In 2015 he received the Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing awarded by Elsevier. 

He is a member of the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC). He is also a recipient of the 2012 International Society Refractive Surgery (ISRS) Lans Distinguished Award at the Annual Meeting in Chicago and in 2013 he received the American Academy Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award in 2014 and the ISRS Lifetime Achievement award for his internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of refractive surgery over his career.

In 2017, Prof. 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. He also presented the invited Gregg Lecture at the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australian and NZ College Ophthalmologists in Perth.