Our Team  


Dr.Malvika Gupta

Cataract Surgeon and Retinal Specialist 

Founding Director, Eastern Eye Specialists

Advisory Board Member: Medical Panels Victoria

Executive Committee Member: RANZCO Human Ethics & Research Committee


Dr Malvika Gupta graduated from Delhi University, India with a gold medal for her proficiency in Ophthalmology. She subsequently completed a diploma and then Diplomate of National Board degree in Ophthalmology following which was awarded fellowship of the International Council of Ophthalmologists from London, UK in 2012. Further to that, she completed two years of advanced medical and surgical training in retinal diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW. Malvika has worked extensively in general ophthalmology across various Victorian hospitals including Western Health, Monash Health and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, training in management of complex cataracts, glaucoma and minor oculoplastic disorders. Having practiced Ophthalmology for over 13 years as a comprehensive ophthalmologist and having performed over 10,000 eye surgeries, Malvika provides total eye care with special interests in complicated cataract and pterygium surgery, medical retinal diseases and oculoplastic procedures of the eyelid.

Malvika is also actively involved in training next generation eye surgeons and holds public appointments at Northern Health and Lilydale Hospital (Yarra Ranges Health Services) and Alice Springs Hospital (Northern Territory). She serves the aboriginal community in NT with outreach visits every quarter to Alice Springs hospital and the bush sites, and also one of the Chief Clinician for IDEAS Van in Victoria remote Outlook Project

Malvika provides private cataract surgery at Vermont Private Hospital with no or low gap options for privately insured patients (based on insurer rebates) with options of standard monofocal lenses, toric lenses to correct astigmatism and EdoF and multifocal lenses for full spectacle independence after cataract surgery. For non-insured pensioners, who do not have private health insurance, Malvika provides low gap surgery at Vermont Private Hospital. Also, those wanting to have surgery via the public system, Malvika’s affiliation with Yarra Ranges health provides direct access to surgical waitlisting; bypassing the wait times relating to outpatient consultations and pre-op testing.

Malvika takes keen interest in writing and has authored over 30 titles in indexed ophthalmology journals and books. She is an executive board member of the RANZCO Human Research and Ethics Committee. Malvika has also been appointed as empaneled Advisor by Medical Panels Victoria to perform permanent impairment assessments in accordance with the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 and Wrongs Act 1958.

She has earned several young ophthalmologist grants to travel across Asia and Europe and participate in Retinal Disease Summits. 

Malvika has now decided to settle in Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks with her young daughter and they together, are learning to play the Piano and violin; and is an excellent cook specialising in Asian vegetarian cuisine.  Malvika also organises Bollywood dance classes with her mates and they dance away to latest Bollywood tunes every week. Recently, Malvika has also ventured into Mixology and seems to be whipping up a storm with her chilli Margaritas! She invites her friends to join the craziness as she feels life is too short to not have the most fun. Her patients benefit from her larger than life personality and jovial nature which instantly brings their anxiety to rest.

Locations: Lilydale, Knox

Dr.Nicholas Cheng

Retinal Specialist and Eye Surgeon

Associate Consultant, Eastern Eye Specialists Lilydale

MBBS, BMedSc, MMed(OphthSc), FRANZCO

Dr Cheng is a highly qualified and experienced Retinal Specialist, Cataract Surgeon and General Ophthalmologist.

Dr Cheng is a fellowship-trained retinal specialist with expertise in age-related macular degeneration (AMD),diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular disease. He is highly experienced in laser procedures and intravitreal injections and adept in cataract surgery having performed many complex cases during his sub-specialty fellowship.

After undertaking a sub-specialty Medical Retina fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Dr Cheng travelled to the United Kingdom to further his experience in General Ophthalmology at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Dr Cheng has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and was an honorary fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), helping with research into the latest treatments for retinal diseases.

Known for his friendly and approachable nature with both patients and colleagues, Dr Cheng takes the time to answer all questions and works with patients to ensure they understand their condition and available treatment options. Dr Cheng has public hospital appointments as a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Monash Health and Northern Health.

Location: Lilydale

Dr.Hema Karthik

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist and Eye Surgeon

Associate Consultant, Eastern Eye Specialists


Dr. Hema Karthik is a Comprehensive General Ophthalmologist and Eye surgeon for over 18 years. Her areas of interest include General Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Medical Retina, Oculoplastics (Lids) and Glaucoma.

After completion of her ophthalmology training in India, she further completed a Fellowship in Medical Retina and Oculoplastics in Brisbane through The Mater Health Services and Queensland Eye Institute.

She moved to Australia in 2006 and worked as Senior Consultant at the Royal Darwin Hospital. She has delivered extensive services to our First National people through her work in NT Health. Hema has now moved base to Melbourne and we are delighted to have our community benefit from her vast experience.

Dr Karthik has public hospital appointments as a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and operates privately at Vermont Private Hospital.

Location: Lilydale, Knox

Dr.Joanne Dondey

General & Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Associate Consultant, Eastern Eye Specialists Knox


Dr Joanne Dondey is a leading Melbourne based ophthalmologist with international fellowship training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She has extensive experience in the treatment of children’s eye problems, childhood strabismus, complex adult strabismus and general ophthalmology. She is an experienced cataract surgeon.

In addition Joanne provides neonatal eye services, including screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and is registered to inject Botulinum toxin (Botox) for blepharospasm.

Joanne has undertaken research and is a published author in several peer reviewed ophthalmic journals. She continues to improve her knowledge and skills by regular contribution at local and international scientific meetings and ongoing postgraduate studies.


Following her medical degree at the University of Queensland, and medical and surgical residency in public hospitals, Joanne undertook specialist training in ophthalmology. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2000.

She discovered a passion for children’s ophthalmology and underwent subspecialty training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She completed 2 Fellowships, firstly at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne then overseas at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Canada, where she was the recipient of the Donald Morin Scholarship.

Joanne then underwent further training in adult cataract surgery in York, UK prior to returning to Australia.

Location: Knox and Lilydale


Adam Kaucki

Senior Orthoptist, Member Australian Orthoptic Board


Adam is an Orthoptist with 7 years of clinical experience, graduating from La Trobe University Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Orthoptics degree in 2013. Working in both public and private clinics in Melbourne and interstate has provided Adam with an invaluable insight into the diverse range of clinical presentations in adult and paediatric eye health care.

Adam has a special interest in all areas of adult and paediatric strabismus and ocular motility, and is committed to providing an informative and supportive approach to patient-centred care.

Having a passion for eye health care education in the wider community, Adam enjoys volunteering his time at paediatric vision screenings on weekends and providing much-needed services as part of the IDEAS (Indigenous Diabetes Eye and Screening) Van initiative. Adam is an active member of Orthoptics Australia who attends regular local, interstate and international conferences and scientific meetings. He is also registered with the Australian Orthoptics Board and holds a Certificate of Currency for maintaining up to date clinical knowledge. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with family and friends, pursuing his piano studies, playing board games, and is an avid puzzler.


Monica Cornelius

Administration Lead

We are blessed to have Monica join our practice. She has worked for many years as reception lead. Her warm demeanor and pleasant smile brings ease to most anxious of patients. She is available to reach out to on Mondays and Tuesdays at Knox and Wednesdays & Fridays at our Lilydale location.

Location: Lilydale, Knox

Narmada Gunawardhana


With years of HR experience, we are lucky to have Naramada assisting our practice. Her in depth attention to detail and vigor to always learn and improve, makes her a perfect fit! Narmada assists us at Knox on Mondays, Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Location: Lilydale, Knox

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.