Laser Eye Surgery Melbourne


Laser Eye Surgery Melbourne


LASIK and Other Laser Eye Surgery Procedures in Melbourne

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 surgery 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 surgery 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 eye surgery and ASLA/PRK are typically safe and effective procedures.

Our friendly optometrists can help you determine your suitability for laser eye surgery. Book your FREE laser assessment online or by calling 1800 1 LASER (1800 152 737).

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Laser Eye Surgery procedures at our Melbourne clinics

LASIK eye surgery in Melbourne

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.

ASLA/PRK surgery in Melbourne

Although the majority of vision correction procedures are now LASIK eye surgery, 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.

Monovision/blended vision in Melbourne

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 surgery 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.

How much does laser eye surgery cost in Melbourne?

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.

As a rough guide, laser eye surgery costs approx. $3,000 per eye (this pricing is current as of 1 February 2024 and is subject to change). However, it’s important to understand the true value of your laser eye surgery. This means knowing what type of laser eye surgery you are having (e.g. LASIK surgery 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).

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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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Do Medicare or private health insurance cover laser eye surgery in Melbourne?

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 laser eye procedure (LASIK surgery 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 laser eye 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 procedure (including enhancement or follow-up procedures).

Read our article about the cost of laser eye surgery.

Types of laser eye surgery appointments in Melbourne

Laser eye surgery appointment types

Wherever you are on your journey to having laser eye surgery, we offer an assessment that suits you.

  1. Free laser assessment with an optometrist: This screening is suitable to determine if laser eye surgery may be an option for you. These free 30-minute appointments are available at times outside of standard clinic hours and it is not necessary to stop wearing soft contact lenses beforehand (please do not wear hard contact lenses for one week prior to your appointment). If you decide to proceed with LASIK eye surgery or ASLA/PRK after your free assessment, the next step will involve arranging a consultation with one of our Melbourne laser eye surgeons.
  2. Comprehensive full consultation with your preferred laser eye surgeon: Our clinical support staff will perform a range of in-depth diagnostic tests, before you meet with your eye surgeon. During this consultation, your eye specialist will perform some additional tests, and explain your laser eye surgery options and what to expect with a laser eye procedure. Please allow 1.5 hours for this consultation. Surgical consultations attract a fee, but a Medicare rebate is available with a referral from a GP or optometrist.


Not sure where to start? Book your FREE laser assessment online or by calling 1800 1 LASER.

How do I choose the best surgeon for laser eye surgery in Melbourne?

Choosing your laser eye surgeon is an important decision. To maximise the outcome of your laser eye surgery, we recommend selecting a highly experienced surgeon who has access to the latest technologies. Our Melbourne laser eye specialists have performed thousands of laser eye procedures, and our dedicated laser suite is equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology.

What kinds of anaesthesia are used in laser eye clinics?

We will administer anaesthetic (numbing) eye drops immediately prior to your laser eye surgery. When you choose an experienced surgeon and a reputable clinic for your surgery, you should not feel pain during the surgery. However, we understand laser eye surgery can be daunting and therefore offer a sedative prior to surgery.

How does Melbourne's colder climate affect laser eye surgery recovery?

We understand you may have concerns around recovery during Melbourne’s cold and flu season. However, there is no evidence to suggest this poses a risk to laser eye surgery recovery. Climate also does not impact laser eye surgery recovery.

What are the alternative treatments to laser eye surgery available in Melbourne?

We offer various alternative vision correction solutions, such as replacement lens exchange. Book in for a comprehensive assessment to learn which alternatives are appropriate for you.

Are there any clinics in Melbourne that specialise in laser eye surgery for astigmatism?

At our Melbourne clinics, we offer LASIK eye surgery and ASLA/PRK surgery, both of which correct astigmatism. Our laser eye specialists at Vision Eye Institute have received both local and international regard for their expertise in treating all refractive errors, including astigmatism. To discuss treatment options for your astigmatism, book a comprehensive eye assessment with one of our highly experienced surgeons.

What should I know about post-surgery care during Melbourne’s winter season?

Our recommendations for post-surgery care are the same year-round. They include:

  • wearing a protective device such as an eye shield immediately after your laser eye surgery
  • avoiding rubbing your eyes for a week after your surgery
  • administering eye drops, and
  • staying in environments that have clean air free from smoke, dust, and chemical irritants.

Can I get a second opinion for laser eye surgery in Melbourne?

Our Melbourne laser eye surgeons are some of the most reputed and highly experienced both nationally and worldwide. They would be delighted to provide you with a second opinion.

What is the best age to do LASIK?

Individuals between 18 and 55 years old are eligible for laser eye surgery such as LASIK eye surgery. However, if you’re over 55 you may still be able to receive laser eye surgery. Book in for a comprehensive assessment with one of our laser eye surgeons to find out whether you are suitable for laser eye surgery.

Who isn’t suitable for laser eye surgery?

You are likely to be unsuitable for laser eye surgery if you:

  • are under 18 or over 55 years of age
  • do not experience short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and/or astigmatism (imperfection in the eye’s curvature that results in distorted vision)
  • have unstable vision
  • have poor eye health or general health, or
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding.

However, If you are over 55 you may still be able to receive laser eye surgery, or you may be eligible for other vision correction options. Book a consultation with one of our vision correction surgeons to discuss which treatment options are appropriate for you.

LASIK technology in Melbourne

Across our Melbourne clinics, we offer premium technologies and facilities. This includes the LASIK laser eye surgery equipment at our state-of-the-art Melbourne laser eye clinic. LASIK laser eye surgery is a two-step procedure that uses two separate lasers:

  • ALCON femtosecond laser – this creates a thin flap of corneal tissue that remains attached to the eye by a ‘hinge’
  • SCHWIND AMARIS excimer laser – this reshapes the corneal bed underneath the corneal tissue flap with microscopic precision to correct your vision.

Both lasers used in LASIK laser eye surgery at our Melbourne clinic are pre-programmed to your specific eye measurements and include infrared eye tracking technology. This technology adjusts the laser beam in real time to the tiny movements of your eyes.

How long does the LASIK procedure take?

LASIK laser eye surgery is one of the speediest vision correction services available. At our Melbourne clinic, LASIK laser eye surgery takes around 20 minutes. Due to the setup involved, you will be in the procedure room for approximately 2 hours.

Is LASIK painful?

The prospect of surgery can be daunting. Fortunately, laser eye surgery, including LASIK laser eye surgery is painless. Some patients report a sensation of pressure. However, there is no pain. At our Melbourne clinic, we also provide anaesthetic eyedrops and a mild sedative before your procedure.

How soon can I return to work after LASIK?

Of the laser eye surgeries we offer across Melbourne, LASIK laser eye surgery has the quickest recovery times. Typically, you can return to work the day after your procedure. Please note you need to wait two weeks before swimming and one month before resuming contact sports.

We will schedule follow-up appointments for you at one of our Melbourne clinics with your LASIK laser eye surgeon to monitor the recovery of your eyes and provide personalised advice.

What are the potential risks of LASIK?

LASIK laser eye surgery is a safe procedure with minimal side effects. However, all treatments pose risks. The potential risks of LASIK laser eye surgery include:

  • Over- or under-correction of your vision – this is uncommon and we offer free enhancement procedures to refine your vision if needed
  • Loss of visual sharpness – post-LASIK laser eye surgery, a few patients experience a reduction in the quality of their vision as their eyes heal; loss of visual sharpness occurs infrequently and usually resolves within six months of LASIK laser eye surgery
  • Dry eye – some patients will experience dry eyes after LASIK laser eye surgery, but this usually resolves as your eyes recover
  • Poor corneal flap healing – the corneal flap we create during LASIK laser eye surgery can shift out of place and affect eye healing. To prevent this, follow your post-operative instructions and avoid rubbing your eyes, swimming and contact sports.

No one in Australia has become blind from laser eye surgery. Vision Eye Institute Melbourne has been operating since 2001 and has zero recorded infections from any laser eye surgery, including LASIK.

Preparation for LASIK surgery

In your pre-surgical appointment, your surgeon will provide you with instructions to prepare for your LASIK laser eye surgery. Some general guidance to help you prepare includes:

  • Avoid the use of contact lenses and use glasses instead the week before your procedure
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup, creams, perfumes and lotions one to two days before your procedure
  • Avoid the use of screens and reading the night before your procedure
  • Wear something warm and comfortable on the day of your LASIK laser eye surgery – it can get cold in the laser suite
  • Organise for a friend, family member or carer to take you home from our Melbourne clinic after your LASIK laser eye surgery.

Post-LASIK care and recovery

Of all laser eye surgeries, LASIK has the fastest recovery period. Usually, patients can return to their daily activities the next day. After LASIK laser eye surgery:

  • Spend the rest of your day resting at home
  • Use your eye drops as prescribed for at least one week after your LASIK laser eye surgery
  • Wear the eye shields you have received for a few nights to prevent eye rubbing while you sleep
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes or wearing eye makeup for one week after LASIK laser eye surgery
  • Avoid swimming for two weeks after your LASIK laser eye surgery
  • Avoid contact sports for one month after LASIK laser eye surgery
  • Attend your first post-operative appointment and have your new vision assessed
  • Make an appointment with your licensing centre to re-sit your visual exam and update your licence – most LASIK laser eye surgery patients can now drive without visual aids.

Our laser eye surgery specialists in Melbourne

Between them, our Melbourne eye surgeons have performed thousands of laser eye surgeries, many of which are advanced LASIK laser eye surgeries. At Vision Eye Institute Melbourne, our world-class laser eye surgeons are recognised internationally for their clinical experience and contributions to the field. Not only does our team include the first eye surgeon to perform a refractive procedure in Victoria, ensuring Melbourne patients receive high-quality eye care comparable to the highest global standards, but another of our laser eye surgeons introduced the femtosecond laser to Victoria. This laser is pivotal to LASIK laser eye surgery. Our Melbourne LASIK laser eye surgeons continue to practise at the forefront of laser eye surgery to ensure that our patients receive outstanding vision correction services.

Our laser eye surgery clinics in Melbourne

Our laser eye surgeons consult and perform laser eye surgery at our state-of-the-art clinic and laser suite – Vision Eye Institute Melbourne. This facility offers highly sophisticated laser technology systems, including the SCHWIND AMARIS 1050RS laser, to deliver premium-quality LASIK laser eye surgery. To increase patient ease and accessibility across Melbourne, our LASIK laser eye surgeons also provide laser assessments and consultations at our Blackburn, Camberwell and Coburg clinics. Our Melbourne clinics are easily accessible by public transport and car and offer disability access. For patients who are not candidates for laser eye surgery, our Melbourne eye surgeons also offer non-laser vision correction procedures, including refractive lens exchange, at a nearby Vision Hospital Group day surgery. Across our network of Melbourne clinics, our LASIK laser eye surgeons deliver highly advanced vision solutions and expertise to ensure our patients receive outstanding eye care.

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