Dr Frank Howes


Dr Frank Howes is a world renowned ophthalmic surgeon who specialises in cataract and refractive surgery, and corneal diseases such as keratoconus. He is highly regarded in many laser eye procedures including LASIK, PRK (ASLA), SMILE, ICL and refractive lens exchange (sometimes known as clear lens exchange or lensectomy). Dr Howes is also one of the leading surgeons in the treatment of advanced and primary glaucoma, having performed the first iStent inject procedure in Australia.

His Specialities

  • Laser vision correction (LASIK, PRK, SMILE and corneal collagen crosslinking)
  • Refractive lens exchange/ICL procedures
  • Corneal surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Glaucoma treatment


Dr Howes completed undergraduate medicine in Cape Town in South Africa, and after some time in general practice and in military medicine in the SA Defence Force, completed his Ophthalmic training at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He went on to a Glaucoma fellowship in Toronto Canada and Refractive fellowships in the USA and UK where he spent 10 years working with Professor Emanuel Rosen, Cataract Refractive and Corneal Surgeon in Manchester UK. At the same time he was appointed Director of Ophthalmology services in the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust, allied to the University of Leeds, Yorkshire.  He moved to Australia in 2005 and has been in practice in Brisbane and the Gold Coast since. 

Professional Credentials

Dr Howes has been lecturing medical and optometry students at QUT and Bond University where he holds an associate Professorship. He still continues with his interests in laser, having produced one of the first studies in the UK on SLT for glaucoma. Dr Howes has continued his interests in the forefront of Glaucoma surgery having been the first in Australia to insert the iStent Inject as part of his interests in the MIGS procedures (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery). He has also designed and had intraocular lenses made and named after him (FH1000 - Lenstec Inc.) and has been involved in the research of other new intraocular lenses and drugs. He has written many articles and book chapters on glaucoma SLT and cataract surgery (Yanoff and Duker, now currently contributing again to the new 5th Edition). He reviews for the Journals of Cataract and Refractive surgery, Graefe’s archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has also been an external examiner for MPhil degree at the University of Queensland and surgical tutor for Non Penetrating Glaucoma Filtering Surgery at the University of Sydney.