At Dr Jai Eye Centre you can expect
With combined postgraduate experience spanning over 30 years, additional subspecialty training in cataract and retinal surgery and extensive experience in glaucoma, macula degeneration and eyelid surgery, our 3 specialist ophthalmic surgeons are able to assist you with a wide variety of eye conditions.
Dr Jai Panchapakesan
MBBS (Syd) Bsc(Med) Hons Phd (Syd) F.R.A.N.Z.C.O
Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland Rural Clinic, School of Medicine
Dr Jai is the owner and director of Queensland Eye Specialists and is currently Bundaberg’s longest serving full time ophthalmologist, having assisted the people of Bundaberg and surrounding areas with their eye care since 2004.
Dr Jai grew up in Sydney and completed his Ophthalmology training at the prestigious Sydney Eye Hospital, before completing his PhD in cataract research, and an additional specialty fellowship in laser vision correction surgery. He moved to Queensland in 2003.
Dr Jai has a special interest in cataract surgery and has performed over 8000 cataract surgeries on local residents.
Dr Jai areas of expertise are Cataract & Refractive Surgery, treatment of Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and common eye conditions.
In addition to caring for his patients, Dr Jai also assists with training of medical students, completing their degree through the University of Queensland.
Learn more about Dr Jai, his research and qualifications
Dr Mark Donaldson
MBBS (HONS I), FRANZCO
Dr Mark Donaldson graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honors in Medicine & Surgery in 1996. His house officer training was completed at the Princess Alexandra and Royal Brisbane Hospitals. In 2000 he was awarded the Cedric Cohen medal and the John Parr Prize for the highest score in Australia and New Zealand for the Part I entrance examination for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmolgists. In 2002 he was accepted into the ophthalmology training program at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital in Melbourne.
In 2005 he accepted a fellowship in Retina and Vitreous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States. Following this he moved to New York in 2006 for a fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal and Macular Surgery with Professor Stanley Chang, at the New York Presbyterian Hospital & Columbia University Medical Centre, New York.
He returned to Australia in 2007 & commenced private practice in Retina, Vitreous and Macular Surgery at the Terrace Eye Centre and Queensland Eye Hospital. Dr Donaldson also holds a public appointment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he sees patients in the retina clinics and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland involved in the teaching of medical students and ophthalmology registrars.
Dr Mark Donaldson is a visiting specialist to Dr Jai Eye Centre. Traveling to Bundaberg frequently to treat patients requiring vitreo-retinal and macular surgery.
Claire graduated in 2008 from Queensland University of Technology and originally moved to Bundaberg in 2009. She completed her post graduate degree in ocular therapeutics in 2011.
After working in both private practice as well as for larger companies Claire has returned to Bundaberg working alongside Dr. Jai since 2014.
Claire has had further specialised training with Dr. Jai to enable her to practice exclusively as a clinical optometrist. She provides first-class patient care both pre and post-operatively as well as providing excellent comprehensive reviews for our current patients.
B.Optom (Hons) TPA Endorsed
Jennifer is a therapeutically qualified clinical optometrist. Jennifer graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Optometry with First class honours in 2011. Since completing her degree, Jennifer has worked in private and larger optometry practices across both New Zealand and Australia.
Jennifer moved to Bundaberg in April 2017 and works alongside Dr Jai and clinical optometrist Claire Finter. Her main role is caring for our patient’s pre and post operative care as well as managing patient comfort in our new dry eye clinic.