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Suite 5A, Level 1, 1-17 Elsie Street

Burwood NSW 2134


(02) 8090 8010


PhD, BSc (Med) (Hons I), MBBS.(Hons I), FRANZCO

Eye Surgeon

Dr. Chandra Bala specializes in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery and glaucoma surgery, with comprehensive experience in the anterior segment of the eye. Dr. Bala graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours (Class I). He completed an additional year of research for which he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Med) (Honours Class I). He completed his general ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital and has a Ph.D. in ophthalmology.

He completed further subspecialty training in Australia and overseas. Dr Bala completed a glaucoma fellowship with Associate Professor Paul Healy at Westmead hospital. He has also completed a cornea fellowship with Dr. Gerrit Melles in Holland, and a refractive fellowship in Greece with Dr. Ioannis Aslanides.

Dr. Bala has a number of research publications and is a senior clinical lecturer at Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. He is a VMO at Bankstown hospital.  He operates at Macquarie University Hospital and performs refractive laser surgery at Personaleyes in Paramatta and at the York Street clinic in the City. Dr. Bala is fluent in English, Tamil and Hindi.


Papers Published

1.         Bala, C., J. Shi, and K. Meades, Intraocular lens fragmentation using femtosecond laser; an in-vitro study.             Translational Vision Science & Technology, 2015. 4(3): p. 1-8.

2.         Bala, C., Y. Xia, and K. Meades, Electron microscopy of laser capsulotomy edge: Interplatform comparison.Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2014. 40(8): p. 1382-9.

3.         Bala, C. and K. Meades, Improvement in vision with inverted placement of an asymmetric refractive multifocal intraocular lens.           Journal of  cataract refractive surgery, 2014. 40(5): p. 833-5.

4.         Ham, L., et al., Refractive change and stability after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty. Effect of corneal dehydration-induced hyperopic shift on intraocular lens power calculation.           Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011. 37(8): p. 1455-64.

5.         Moutsouris, K., et al., Optical coherence tomography, Scheimpflug imaging, and slit-lamp biomicroscopy in the early detection of graft detachment after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty.           Cornea, 2011. 30(12): p. 1369-75.

6.         Balachandran, C. and I.M. Aslanides, Break in microkeratome oscillating pin during LASIK flap creation. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, 2010. 33(3): p. 144-6.

7.         Ham, L., et al., Visual rehabilitation rate after isolated descemet membrane transplantation: descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty. Archives of Ophthalmology, 2009. 127(3): p. 252-5.

8.         Balachandran, C., et al., Simple technique for graft insertion in Descemet-stripping (automated) endothelial keratoplasty using a 30-gauge needle. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2009. 35(4): p. 625-8.

9.         Flaherty, M.P., et al., Congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles type 1, distinctive conjunctival changes and intrapapillary disc colobomata. Ophthalmic Genetics, 2009. 30(2): p. 91-5.

10.       Dapena, I., et al., Phacoemulsification after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2009. 35(7): p. 1314-5.

11.       Balachandran, C., et al., Spontaneous corneal clearance despite graft detachment in descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 2009. 148(2): p. 227-234.e1.

12.       Balachandran, C., et al., Malignant Optic Glioma presenting as an Acute Anterior Optic Neuropathy. Retinal Cases & Brief Reports, 2009. 3(2): p. 156-60.

13.       Millar, M.J., et al., Mycobacterium hemophilum infection presenting as filamentary keratopathy in an immunocompromised adult. Cornea, 2007. 26(6): p. 764-6.

14.       Balachandran, C., et al., Comparison of objective diagnostic tests in glaucoma: Heidelberg retinal tomography and multifocal visual evoked potentials. Journal of Glaucoma, 2006. 15(2): p. 110-6.

15.       Klistorner, A.I., et al., Objective perimetry using the multifocal visual evoked potential in central visual pathway lesions. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2005. 89(6): p. 739-44.

16.       Sirimaharaj, M., et al., Vitrectomy with short-term postoperative tamponade using perfluorocarbon liquid for giant retinal tears. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2005. 89(9): p. 1176-79.

17.       Balachandran, C., A.I. Klistorner, and S.L. Graham, Effect of stimulus check size on multifocal visual evoked potentials. Documenta Ophthalmologica, 2003. 106(2): p. 183-8.

18.       Martins, A., et al., Effect of pupil size on multifocal pattern visual evoked potentials. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 2003. 31(4): p. 354-6.

19.       Balachandran, C., et al., Methotrexate-induced optic neuropathy. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 2002. 30(6): p. 440-1.

20.       Bala, C., et al., Ophthalmologists in teaching hospitals: do we make a difference to patient outcome? Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 2001. 29(2): p. 59-63.

21.       Balachandran, C. and M.R. Bennett, ATP-activated cationic and anionic conductances in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Neuroscience Letters, 1996. 204(1-2): p. 73-6.

Book Chapter

Drouas K., Monnereau C., Naveiras M., Balachandran C., Cabrerizo J., Dirisamer M. Novel DMEK surgeon's outcomes and complications, in How to get started with standardised 'no-touch' descemet membrane endotheial keratoplasty (DMEK), G. Melles, Dapena I., Editor. 2014, Sidestone Press: Leiden. p. 83-87.