Dr Katherine Smallcombe


Ophthalmic Surgeon

Dr Katherine Smallcombe MB BS (Hons) BSc FRANZCO is a Queensland-trained Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in diseases of the aging eye. She strives to build excellent doctor-patient relationships based on trust, open communication and respect.

In 1999, Dr Smallcombe graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS). She also completed a Bachelor of Science in 2004.

In her final year of Ophthalmology registrar training, she was awarded the prestigious ‘K.G. Howsam Medal’ for academic excellence. This was under the auspices of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

She was selected as the inaugural Fellow of The Fred Hollows Foundation, working in their Central Australia, the South Pacific, Nepal, and China programs. She continues to serve on The Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee. Through the Indigenous and Remote Eye Services (IRIS) program, Dr Smallcombe has participated in a number of outreach trips to the Northern Territory. She subsequently served on The Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee.

As part of her commitment to ongoing professional development, Dr Smallcombe has completed Fellowship training in pterygium surgery with Professor Lawrence Hirst, a world-renowned expert in the field and pioneer of ‘P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for PTERYGIUM’®. She is the first surgeon in Australia and New Zealand to become an accredited P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for PTERYGIUM® PARTNER. In addition, she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery through the University of Sydney.

In 2016 Dr Smallcombe opened her own private ophthalmology practice, KindSIGHT, consulting from rooms at Indooroopilly and Peninsula Specialist Centre Redcliffe.

Dr Smallcombe provides specialist eye care services focusing on diseases of the aging eye. Her specialties include cataract surgery, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Her interests extend to the management of diabetic eye disease and ophthalmic emergencies including sudden loss of vision or acute red eye.

She has two small children and enjoys photography, endurance triathlon races and holidays at the beach.

As well as her own busy practices, KindSIGHT Eye Specialists in Indooroopilly and Redcliffe, Dr Smallcombe also practices at The Australian Pterygium Centre.

Dr Katherine Smallcombe – Education and training

Fellowship: The Fred Hollows Foundation: Inaugural Fellow
Accredited: P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for PTERYGIUM® PARTNER
Ophthalmology Residency: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCVO) – Queensland Branch.
Medical School: The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia – (MB BS (HONS))

Special interests and expertise:


  • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)