Get to know Dr Judy Ku

Dr Ku is a Brisbane specialist in glaucoma, cornea and external diseases and cataract surgery

About Judy Ku

Her expertise and experience as an eye specialist


Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

Dr Judy Ku is an internationally fellowship trained Ophthalmologist specialising in Cataract, Glaucoma (MIGS and conventional surgery), Pterygium & Corneal Collagen Cross-linking.

She is passionate about assisting her patients to achieve their full visual potential. She feels extremely privileged to have the opportunity to restore sight and to improve people’s quality of life. She prides herself on her genuine warmth, empathy and ability to communicate effectively. Dr Ku strives to ensure personalised treatment and believes that a patient’s understanding is crucial to the treatment process. Aside from her broad Ophthalmic experience in different countries, she is also bilingual (fluent in English & Mandarin). Outside of her demanding work schedule, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her family.

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Dr Ku began her Ophthalmology career in the United Kingdom. Following this, she returned to Australasia to complete her training with prestigious Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

Dr Ku completed extensive advanced micro-surgical training, including two fellowships in world-renowned institutes in Singapore and Canada

  • Glaucoma fellow at Singapore National Eye Centre with Professor Aung Tin, Professor Tina Wong & Associate Professor Shamira Perera.
  • Cornea and external disease and refractive surgery fellow at the Toronto Western Hospital with Professor David Rootman, Dr Allan Slomovic and Assistant Professor Clara Chan.

During her fellowship training, Dr Ku developed expertise in the management and surgery of primary and complex glaucoma patients (especially Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma & minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries). Furthermore, she also gained expertise in the following treatments: complex cataract surgery, pterygium and ocular surface reconstructive surgery and collagen cross-linking for keratoconus, as well as ocular imaging.

Dr Ku is an internationally trained sub-specialist eye surgeon in Cataract, Glaucoma, Pterygium / Ocular surface neoplasia, Corneal Collagen Cross-linking.

Dr Ku is one of very few surgeons who has completed both glaucoma and Corneal/ Anterior segment fellowships. This dual qualification offers a unique dimension to her practice, allowing her to manage glaucoma & anterior segment cases with a comprehensive and precise approach.

Dr Ku is part of advisory boards assisting in the development of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS) and Minimally Invasive Bleb Surgeries (MIBS). In addition, she is one of the investigators in one of the latest MIGS trial based in Australia. During her fellowship in Singapore, she also participated in the landmark Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma EAGLE trial.

Dr Ku is passionate about education for Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

  • Honorary Clinical Professor at the Department of Optometry & Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), specifically contributing to the Optometry therapeutics program.
  • Provides invaluable clinical supervision for optometrists participating in the Advanced Certificate in Glaucoma program.
  • Assists with the development of Multiple Mini Interviews for Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) as part of the Ophthalmology trainee selection program.
  • Regularly lectures at local and international meetings.
  • Honorary Senior lecturer, University of Auckland.

Dr Ku has participated in medical research & has published widely since she was a medical student. She continues to given lectures nationally and internationally on the latest advancements in her field.

2018 Bhambhwani V, Al Taie R, Ku JY, Mora J. Informed consent for strabismus surgery: the importance of patient information sheets. J AAPOS 22(2):89-91, April 2018

2015 Yeung SN, Lichtinger A, Kim P, Elbaz U, Ku JY, Teichman JC, Amiran MD, Slomovic AR. Efficacy and safety of patching vs bandage lens on postoperative pain following pterygium surgery. Eye. 29(2):295-6, 2015 Feb.

2014 Ku JY; Nongpiur ME; Park J; Narayanaswamy AK; Perera SA; Tun TA; Kumar RS; Baskaran M; Aung T. Qualitative evaluation of the iris and ciliary body by ultrasound biomicroscopy in subjects with angle closure. Journal of Glaucoma. 23(9):583-8, 2014 Dec.

2013 Yeung SN, Lichtinger A, Kim P, Elbaz U, Ku JY, Amiran MD, Gorfinkle N, Wolffe R, Slomovic AR. Superior versus inferior conjunctival autografts combined with fibrin glue in the management of primary pterygia. Cornea. 32(12):1582-6, 2013 Dec.

2013 Yeung SN, Lichtinger A, Ku JY, Kim P, Low SA, Rootman DS.Intracorneal ring segment explantation after intracorneal ring segment implantation combined with same-day corneal collagen crosslinking in keratoconus. Cornea. 32(12):1617-20, 2013 Dec.

2013 Yeung SN. Ku JY. Lichtinger A. Low SA. Kim P. Rootman DS. Efficacy of single or paired intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation combined with collagen crosslinking in keratoconus. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 39(8):1146-51, 2013 Aug.

2013 Rootman DS, Ku JYF, Yeung SN. Chapter 136 Surgical management of ocular surface diseases. Ocular surface diseases 2nd edition, Holland E, Mannis M.

2013 Yeung SN, Low S, Ku JYF, Lichtinger A, Kim P, Teichman J, Iovieno A, Rootman DS. Transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy combined with implantation of a single inferior intrastromal corneal ring segment and collagen crosslinking in keratoconus. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 39(8):1152-6, 2013 Aug.

2012 Lichtinger A, Yeung SN, Kim P, Amiran MD, Iovieno A, Elbaz U, Ku JYF, Rachel Wolff, Rootman DS, Slomovic AR. Shifting trends in bacterial keratitis in Toronto: an 11-year review. Ophthalmology 2012; 119(9):1785-90.

2012 Ku JYF, Lichtinger A, Yeung SN, Kim P, Cserti-Gazdewich C, Slomovic AR. Topical fresh frozen plasma and heparin treatment of ligneous conjunctivitis in a Canadian Hospital setting. Can J Ophthalmol. 2012;47(5):e27-8

2011 Nongpiur M, Ku JYF, Aung T. Angle Closure Glaucoma: A Mechanistic Review. Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2011;22(2):96-101

2009 Patel DV, Ku JYF, Johnson R, McGhee CNJ. Laser scanning in vivo confocal microscopy and quantitative aesthesiometry reveal decreased corneal innervation and sensation in keratoconus. EYE 2009;23(3):586-92.

2009 McKelvie J, Ku JYF, McArdie B, McGhee CNJ. Wavefront aberrometry: comparing and profiling higher order aberrations produced by intraocular lenses in vitro using a physical model eye system. J Cataract Refract Surg 2009;35(3):547-55,

2008 Ku JY, Niederer RL, Patel DV, Sherwin T, McGhee CN. Laser scanning in vivo confocal analysis of keratocyte density in keratoconus. Ophthalmology 2008;115(5):845-50.

2007 Danesh-Meyer HV, Deva NC, Ku JY, Carroll SC, Tan YW, Gamble G. Differences in practice and personal profiles between male and female ophthalmologists. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2007;35(4):318-23.

2006 Danesh-Meyer HV, Ku JY, Papchenko TL, Jayasundera T, Hsiang JC, Gamble GD. Regional correlation of structure and function in glaucoma, using the Disk Damage Likelihood Scale, Heidelberg Retina Tomograph, and visual fields. Ophthalmology 2006;113(4):603-11.

2006 Danesh-Meyer HV, Carroll SC, Ku JY, Hsiang J, Gaskin B, Gamble GG, Savino PJ. Correlation of retinal nerve fiber layer measured by scanning laser polarimeter to visual field in ischemic optic neuropathy. Arch Ophthalmol 2006;124(12):1720-6.

2006 Danesh-Meyer HV, Birch H, Ku JY, Carroll S, Gamble G. Reduction of optic nerve fibers in patients with Alzheimer disease identified by laser imaging. Neurology 2006;67(10):1852-4.

2006 Ku JYF, Gamble GD, McGhee CNJ. Pupil response to tropicamide following laser in situ keratomileusis (letter). J Cataract Refract Surg 2006;32(2):188-90.

2006 Ku JY, Danesh-Meyer HV, Craig JP, Gamble GD, McGhee CN. Comparison of intraocular pressure measured by Pascal dynamic contour tonometry and Goldmann applanation tonometry. EYE 2006;20(2):191-8.

2005 Patel DV, Ku JYF, Kent-Smith B, McGhee CNJ. In vivo microstructural analysis of the cornea in Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome. Cornea 2005;24(5):623-625.

2005 Ku JYF, McGhee CNJ. Higher order aberration and improved intraocular lens design. Eye on Ophthalmology, NZ Optics 2005;June:18-19.

2004 Ku JYF, Grupcheva CN, Fisk MJ, McGhee CNJ. Keratoglobus and posterior subcapsular cataract: surgical considerations and in vivo microstructural analysis. J Cataract Refract Surg 2004;30(1):237-42.

2004 Ku JYF, Grupcheva CN, McGhee CNJ. Microstructural analysis of Salzmann’s nodular degeneration by in vivo confocal microscopy. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2002;30(5):367-8.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Australia & New Zealand Glaucoma Society
  • Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society
  • World Glaucoma Association
  • Regular Journal Reviewer for Ophthalmic Journals
    • EYE
    • Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
    • British Medical Journal Open Ophthalmology
    • Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
    • Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Supervisor for QUT Optometry Therapeutics program
  • Supervisor for optometrists participating in the Advanced Certificate in Glaucoma program
  • ZEISS Cataract Collaboration meeting group member

Dr Ku career highlights include:

  • Early adopter of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS) and Minimally Invasive Bleb Surgeries (MIBS)
  • Early adopter of micropulse cyclodiode glaucoma laser in Australia
  • One of very few specialists who has completed both Glaucoma and Corneal & External diseases international fellowships
  • Volunteer in Bulgaria providing ophthalmic care to under-privileged communities

Dr Ku has received several awards, including:

  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Best Presenter Award in 2012
  • Previous RANZCO Best Presenter and Best Poster Prize,
  • The Sir William McKenzie Ophthalmology Prize
  • The University of Auckland postgraduate research first presentation prize
  • Henley Prize in Clinical Medicine

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