Dr Charlotte McKnight is a fellowship-trained ophthalmic surgeon specialising in cataract, pterygium and eyelid surgery. She provides comprehensive ophthalmology services and laser treatment of eye disease.
In addition to consulting and operating at St John of God Hospital Subiaco, Dr McKnight has public hospital appointments at Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where she manages patients with complex cataract, ocular surface and oculoplastic conditions.
Dr McKnight teaches ophthalmology registrars how to perform cataract, pterygium and eyelid surgery and has worked as a Clinical Lecturer for the Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science (COVS) and the Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre (CTEC) at The University of Western Australia.
Her research interest is in the effects of ocular sun exposure, with her work published in Australian and international peer-reviewed medical journals. She has presented her research at local and international ophthalmology conferences, including as a speaker at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting in the USA. Dr McKnight was Dux of Perth College, graduated with honours from The University of Western Australia Medical School, has a Master of Medical Science degree in ophthalmic research and is a committee member of the Younger Fellows Advisory Group of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).
Dr McKnight started work as an eye surgeon in 2011, and has experience caring for patients throughout the metropolitan area as well as in regional and remote Western Australia. She undertook a sub-specialty Anterior Segment fellowship at Royal Perth Hospital, performing complex surgery of the eyelids, orbit, cornea, ocular surface and lens. It was the fine control and precision involved in microsurgical techniques that first inspired her to a career in ophthalmology, and it is seeing the joy that her patients experience after their eye surgery that continues to inspire her today.