Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Isaacs AM has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division of the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of his “significant service to medical education, particularly in the field of ophthalmology”.
Dr. Isaacs, who is a life member of the Australian College of Optometry, completed a medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1962 and then trained in London as an ophthalmologist. Upon returning to Melbourne, and for the next 50 years, Dr. Issacs taught optics and refraction to ophthalmologists. His enjoyment of ophthalmic practice is testified by his continued practice of ophthalmology, but more as an optometrist than a surgeon, past the age of 90.
Dr. Isaacs became the youngest member of the College Council in 1947 and in 1948 proceeded to completely rewrite the curriculum of the College’s optometry course.