About Us

Oakleigh Eye Centre was started by Dr. Robert Norman Mellor in the 1970s. It was a completely different era for specialists as most were located in Collins Street. Being a pioneer in his field, Dr. Mellor recognized that patients wanted specialist medical treatment outside the CBD. The Oakleigh Eye Centre has been part of the local community for more than 40 years.

After Dr. Mellor retired, Dr. Mark Steiner acquired Oakleigh Eye Centre in 1992. Dr. Helen Steiner, his sister, joined the practice soon afterwards. It was originally situated in the Oakleigh shopping centre for many years and moved to the present location in 2003. It is a purpose built medical facility with plenty of space and ample off-street parking located at 135 Warrigal Rd. Hughesdale.

Oakleigh Eye Centre is a Community based Ophthalmology practice which caters to the needs of individual patients rather than some other larger practices where patients may feel lost within the system going from room to room. Drs. Mark and Helen feel that personalized, individual care for each patient is paramount. Treatment options are discussed with patients and their families so that the most effective management plan is in place. Referring Doctors and Optometrists are regularly informed so they can contribute to patient management.

Oakleigh Eye Centre caters for all ages and for all general ophthalmology problems. This includes:

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Paediatric Disorders
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Macular Degeneration

Oakleigh Eye Centre is well equipped with modern diagnostic equipment and lasers for the treatment of various ocular diseases. This includes treatment for Macular Degeneration and swelling where there have been huge advances in saving sight. We have expertise in diagnosing and treating Macular diseases using the latest techniques including OCT. Minor procedures can be done on site, without the need to be referred elsewhere but more complex operations like cataract surgery need to be done in a day procedure centre. This can be at Waverley Private Hospital for insured patients and Eye and Ear for uninsured patients. There is plenty of parking available on site and a ramp for disabled patients.

Dr. Mark Steiner

Mark was born in Poland and came to Australia as a young child aged 5. He completed his secondary education at McKinnon High School and his medical training at Monash University in 1979. He went on to do specialist training in the Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne finishing in 1986. Since then he has had positions at St Vincents and Eye and Ear hospitals as well as in private practice at Oakleigh Eye Centre, Private Eye Clinic and Dorset Consulting in Boronia. As a senior medical staff consultant at the Eye and Ear he actively teaches junior doctors. He is an examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and is active in Continuing Professional Development in the College.

Mark is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with interests in cataract, glaucoma and medical retina.

Having lived in the area for a major portion of his life he knows the area well and is a supporter of local community groups. He has interests in keeping fit, travelling and gardening. He has a busy family life with his wife, 2 adult children and dog.

Dr. Helen steiner

Helen has lived in Australia all her life. She attended Ormond East Primary and McKinnon Secondary School and has lived in the area most of her life.

She did her medical training at Monash University and completed this in 1985. She did her specialist Ophthalmology training at the Eye and Ear Hospital, completing this in 1994. Since then she has worked at the Eye and Ear and Maroondah Hospitals in public clinics. She is currently also in private practice in Boronia. She operates at the Eye and Ear, Waverley and Vermont private hospitals.

Helen is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with interests in cataract, glaucoma and childhood eye disease. She is married with two adult children and a dog.


Debbie has been with Oakleigh Eye Centre for over 20 years. She is usually found at the front desk chatting to patients or sorting out patient enquiries.


Judi has been with Oakleigh Eye Centre for over 20 years. She is usually found on the phone or at the front desk chatting to patients or assisting with minor procedures.