Richard Sheard

Richard Sheard


Dr Richard Sheard is a retinal specialist, cataract surgeon and general ophthalmologist with over 15 years of experience.

Richard is a graduate of Cambridge University (UK) and undertook ophthalmic and specialist vitreoretinal training at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Having moved to Hobart in 2016, he is currently the most experienced retinal surgeon in the city. Richard treats the full range of retinal problems including epiretinal membrane, macular hole, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, retinal detachment and eye injuries. Richard has extensive experience managing the full range of general eye disorders.

Richard audits his outcomes for cataract and retinal surgery which show low complication rates and above-average outcomes. He was previously responsible for quality and safety at Sheffield Teaching Hospital (UK), which performed up to 5000 cataract operations per year, with demonstrated improvements in patient outcomes and safety profile under his leadership.

Richard’s patients report high levels of satisfaction with his level of care, and he is passionate about providing each patient with the best possible experience and the optimal outcome for their personal circumstances.

Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK). He is a member the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Australian Medical Association.


In his personal time Richard enjoys being close to family and making the most of the mild climate and beautiful countryside. He enjoys exploring, bushwalking, fishing, house renovations and running the family hobby-farm (or playing on the tractor!)