Vitreoretinal surgery, carried out on the retina and macula is a highly specialised procedure requiring a specifically trained theatre team and the use of precision instrumentation. The purpose of retinal surgery is to return patients’ retina to its natural state. The most common conditions that require this procedure are retinal detachment, macula hole, epiretinal membranes, diabetic retinopathy and vitreous haemorrhage.
Dr Andrew Traill is one of only three vitreoretinal surgeons in Tasmania. Dr Traill graduated with honours in 2001 from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and a Bachelor of Medical Science and was awarded the undergraduate prize in Ophthalmology. He completed his Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was awarded the James McBride White Medal for retinal research presented at the 15th Melbourne Ophthalmic Alumni Scientific Meeting. He went on to complete a surgical and medical retinal fellowship at the Cheltenham Hospital, UK, and a second vitreoretinal fellowship at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, UK.
He has published in peer reviewed international journals including the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology and Ocular immunology and inflammation. He has presented at numerous international scientific meetings.