Dr Lingwei William Tao


Ophthalmologist & Paediatrics

Dr Lingwei William Tao is a subspeciality-trained ophthalmologist who has completed fellowships in both glaucoma and paediatrics.

William has completed his internship and residency at The Alfred Hospital, while concurrently completing his Masters of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) at The University of Sydney. He has completed his ophthalmology training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

William has additional sub-speciality training in adult and paediatric glaucoma as well as general ophthalmology, completing his fellowships at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital.

William speaks several languages: English, Mandarin & Shanghainese dialect.

Special Interests

  • Cataract
  • Cataract surgeries in patients with glaucoma
  • Surgical Glaucoma
  • Non-surgical Glaucoma management
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • General ophthalmology


Registrar Training 

Fellowship Training


Hospital Appointments

  • The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Yarra Ranges Health

Awards & Research

  • RANZCO Ophthalmology Prize (Undergraduate) (2012)

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

  • Melbourne Global Grant (2011)

The University of Melbourne

  • The Mavis and Ivan Rowe Prize for Retinal Diseases Research (2010)

Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Melbourne

  • Hector Maclean Scholarship (2007, 2009)

Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Melbourne

  • Commonwealth Learning Scholarship (2007 – 2010)

The University of Melbourne

  • Summer Research Studentship (2006 – 2007)

Department of Optometry and Vision Science, The University of Melbourne

  • Tao LW, Atik A, Kwon H, Green C, Coote M, Kong YXG, Ruddle JB

Comparison between surgical outcomes of glaucoma drainage implant surgery performed with and without intraluminal stent. (2020)

Clin Exp Ophthal. 2020;1-4/ https://doi.org/10.1111/ceo.13714

  • Wong C, Tao LW, Saklicky SE

A Retrospective Review Comparing the Safety and Efficacy of 120 Versus 160 Applications of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. (2018)

J Glaucoma. 2018 Jan;27(1):94-99. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0000000000000828.

  • Kwon HJ, Kong YXG, Tao LW, Lim LL, Martin KR, Green C, Ruddle J, Crowston JG

Surgical outcomes of trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant for uveitic glaucoma and relationship with uveitis activity. (2017)

Clin Exp Ophthal. 2017 Jul;45(5):472-480. doi: 10.1111/ceo.12916. Epub 2017 Feb 27

  • Tao LW, Wu Z, Guymer RH, Luu CD

Ellipsoid zone on optical coherence tomography: a review. (2016)

Clin Exp Ophthal. 2016 Jul;44(5):422-30. doi: 10.1111/ceo.12685. Epub 2016 Feb 11

  • Tao LW, Hall A

In-bag dislocation of intraocular lens in patients with uveitis: a case series (2015)

J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2015 Apr 2;5:10. doi: 10.1186/s12348-015-0036-1. eCollection 2015.

  • Busija L, Tao LW, Liew D, Wier L, Yan B, Silver G, Davis S, Hand PJ

Do patients who take part in stroke research differ from non-participants? Implications for generalizability of results (2013)

Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Mar DOI: 10.1159/000350724

  • Guymer, Robyn H; Tao, William

Could Urine Be Used to Monitor Age-related Macular Degeneration (2012)

Optometry Australia Pharma March 2012 Pages 14 – 15

Identification of Urinary Biomarkers for Age-related Macular Degeneration (2011)

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jun 28;52(7):4639-44. doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-7120.

Clinical Review of Corneal Ulcers Resulting in Evisceration and Enucleation in Elderly Population (2009)

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2009 Oct; 247(10):1389-93

Melbourne Cup Clinic Closure

The clinic will be closed from Monday 6th November 2023 and will re-open on Wednesday 8th November 2023.

Happy Holidays

The clinic will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2023 and will re-open on Monday 8th January 2024.

From the team at East Melbourne Eye Group, we wish all of our patients & referrers a happy & safe festive period.

The Christmas holiday period can be a very busy time, please take a moment to ensure you have enough scripts to cover you over the holiday period and your referrals are up to date.