Dr Bhim Rai

MBBS, Dip. Ophthalmology, DNB(Ophthal.), Vitreoretinal Fellow, Fellow HEA
Research Fellow, Maddess Group, Neuroscience
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Neurosciences 1109
  • Ophthalmology 111301
  • Optical Technology 111302
  • Vision Science 111303

Research interests

Vitreoretinal diseases such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema; diabetic peripheral neuropathy; glaucoma; multiple sclerosis; Alzheimer's disease; medical technology; low vision management; public health policy.


I am an overseas ophthalmologist with sub-speciality in vitreoretinal diseases. I have over 15 years of clinical practice as ophthalmologist, including 5 years as vitreoretinal surgeon. Before coming to Australia I was the founding head of the vitreoretinal unit, and national diabetic retinopathy, and retinopathy of prematurity screening programs in Bhutan. I began my PhD in 2016 under Professor Ted Maddess, of the Diagnostics for Eye Disease, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University. My PhD research involved providing clinical guidelines for the use of multifocal pupillographic objective perimetry after mydriasis, and its application in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema, and epidemiological studies on vitreoretinal diseases and myopia in Bhutan and Nepal. I am a faculty member in the postgraduate medical university in Bhutan, sessional academic at the ANU Medical School, and Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

Besides, I am also involved in other research programs such as FAME 1 Eye Study (The Fenofibrate And Microvascular Events in Type 1 diabetes Eye), and OHIOH project (Our Health In Oiur Hands Project), glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes.

Currently, I am a research Fellow in Maddess Group, of the Diagnostics for Eye Diseases, Neuroscience, JCSMR, ANU.

Researcher's projects

1. PhD Program

2. FAME 1 Eye Study (The Fenofibrate And Microvascular Events in Type 1 diabetes Eye)

3. OHIOH Project (Our Health In Our Hands): Advanced Eye Research Sub-Study

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