Vision Eye Institute’s refractive (laser eye) surgeons in Melbourne are among the most knowledgeable in Victoria – they share over 60 years of experience performing laser eye surgery. In addition to LASIK and ASLA/PRK, our Melbourne laser eye surgeons offer other vision correction options for patients who may not be suitable for laser eye surgery, such as replacement lens exchange. Following a comprehensive eye assessment at a Vision Eye Institute clinic in Melbourne, your laser eye surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate vision correction procedure for your circumstances. Surgery takes place in our dedicated, state-of-the-art Melbourne laser eye clinic on St Kilda Rd (neighbouring Melbourne’s CBD).
LASIK and ASLA/PRK help correct a refractive error by reshaping the transparent, rounded surface located at the front of the eye, also known as the cornea. Common refractive errors that laser eye surgery may treat include short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism (an imperfection in the curvature of the eye that distorts vision). When performed by an experienced refractive surgeon, LASIK and ASLA/PRK are safe and effective procedures.
Our friendly orthoptists or optometrists can help you determine your suitability for laser eye surgery. To book a free, no-obligation assessment, call 1800 1 LASER (1800 152 737) or take our online eligibility quiz. Please note that the free assessment is optional and is not required prior to surgery.
If you decide to proceed with LASIK or ASLA/PRK in Melbourne, the next step will involve arranging a consultation with one of our laser eye surgeons or clinical optometrists. During this consultation, your qualified eye specialist will have an in-depth discussion with you about the details of your procedure and perform some additional tests. While a fee is associated with this consultation, you can receive a Medicare rebate if you have a referral letter from your general doctor or optometrist.
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Our Melbourne laser eye surgeons use LASIK eye surgery as a treatment for refractive errors such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.
LASIK eye surgery is a two-step procedure that uses two different lasers to correct refractive errors by reshaping the cornea. This type of operation leads to less discomfort during healing compared to other forms of laser eye surgery (e.g. ASLA/PRK surgery).
For more information about LASIK eye surgery, visit our laser eye surgery Services page.
Although the majority of vision correction surgeries are now LASIK, advanced surface laser ablation (ASLA), also known as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), still plays a role, especially for patients with thin or unusual corneas. It can be used to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.
Our Melbourne laser eye surgeons offer both standard PRK and a ‘no-touch’ PRK treatment (also known as transPRK).
For more information about ASLA/PRK eye surgery, visit our laser eye surgery service page.
In this procedure, the laser eye surgeon corrects one eye (usually the dominant one) for distance vision and the other eye for reading/near vision. Overall, the images from both eyes are processed by the brain as one blended image. Monovision can be achieved using laser eye surgery (e.g. LASIK or ASLA) or artificial lenses (e.g. replacement lenses or implantable phakic lenses).
Most people who have monovision find they adjust within a matter of days and can minimise their use of glasses. Before the procedure, our Melbourne laser eye surgeons will usually get you to trial a set of contact lenses to make sure you can adapt to this change.
At Vision Eye Institute, a detailed quote with the full cost will be provided during your laser consultation after we check the health of your eyes and determine which procedure is recommended for your individual situation.
A a rough guide, laser eye surgery can cost between $2,700 and $3,700 per eye. However, it’s important to understand the true value of your surgery. This means knowing what type of laser eye surgery you are having (e.g. LASIK or ASLA/PRK), the experience of your surgeon and clinic staff, and whether there are any additional costs (e.g. medications, enhancement procedures, theatre fees).
We offer several payment options for laser eye surgery procedures, including interest-free payment plans and buy now, pay later options.*
Read our cost of laser eye surgery article to understand why different providers charge different fees. And use our cost calculator to find out how much you can save compared to a lifetime of glasses and contact lens use.
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Medicare does not rebate any of the cost of laser eye surgery, however many health insurers will cover some or all of the cost. You will need to check with your health insurer as to whether your level of cover includes rebates for laser eye surgery.
For example, BUPA’s Ultimate Health Cover offers 100% cover for laser eye surgery (3-year waiting period applies). For your convenience, we also invoice the cost of your procedure (LASIK or PRK) directly to BUPA, meaning you have nothing to pay upfront.* Contact BUPA to find out if you qualify (phone 134 135 or visit their website).
Medibank members with selected extras and packaged covers can receive 15% off surgical fees if they have their procedure performed at Vision Eye Institute (does not include consultation fees or diagnostic tests).
When comparing providers, make sure you get an accurate indication of all charges that you will incur before, during and after your laser eye surgery procedure (including enhancement or follow-up procedures).
Between them, our Melbourne laser eye surgeons have performed thousands of procedures. Our team of world-class Melbourne laser eye doctors also includes the first surgeon to perform a refractive procedure in Victoria and one of the doctors involved in the introduction of the femtosecond laser to Victoria.
Our laser eye surgeons consult at our state-of-the-art St Kilda Road clinic in Melbourne, VIC. Laser eye surgery is performed on-site in our dedicated laser suite at St Kilda Rd. Other vision correction procedures are performed at Camberwell Day Surgery or Panch Day Surgery.