Vision Eye Institute Mackay is a comprehensive ophthalmology clinic that delivers high-quality eye care to the local Mackay community and its surrounds – Dr Boets visits Proserpine and Bowen on a monthly basis. In addition to treating more general eye conditions, we have doctors that specialise in retinal diseases, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, strabismus (crossed eyes), eyelid procedures and Botox for medical conditions.
Our bright, modern clinic has been designed for patient comfort and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and treatment rooms.
Every effort is made to give our patients a relaxed and comfortable experience. Even so, we appreciate that efficiency is important, and always strive for timely service in order to keep waiting times to a minimum. We always endeavour to accommodate emergency cases.
Our clinic diagnoses and treats all eye conditions – some common services are described below. After your consultation, an orthoptist is available to answer any additional questions you have about your condition and treatment plan or vision correction procedure, so that you can make an informed decision about your eye care.
Day surgery procedures are performed off-site at the Mackay Specialist Day Hospital.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial one. With significant experience using the latest lens technology, our doctors are well placed to help you decide on the option that best suits your vision and lifestyle needs. Cataract surgery is performed as a day surgery procedure.
We see all patients with retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, epiretinal membrane and macular hole, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Eye drops are used to dilate your pupil so that we can see the back of the eye, where the retina is. It’s important to note that these drops will blur your vision and increase glare sensitivity – this should subside within 4 to 6 hours. Please note that you will not be able to drive home.
Treatments such as eye injections or laser therapy (which is different to laser eye surgery) may be performed on the same day, depending on the level of urgency. Retinal laser treatment is performed in the consultation room, and involves little or no discomfort. Patients requiring retinal surgery will have their procedure in a day surgery.
Glaucoma is a common condition that can gradually lead to permanent sight loss, but there are a number of treatment options that can stop or slow the condition from worsening. For most people, regular use of medicated eye drops is sufficient. If additional treatments are necessary, our glaucoma specialists can perform laser treatment and surgery to reduce pressure inside the eye.
Laser procedures for glaucoma (e.g. selective laser trabeculoplasty and laser peripheral iridotomy) are performed in the clinic, and are painless and quick. Surgical procedures (e.g. filtration surgery) are performed under a local anaesthetic in a day surgery.
Our doctors can diagnose and treat paediatric eye conditions – this includes reviewing any eye issues picked up in routine health checkups with your optometrist, GP or maternal and child health nurse.
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We are situated across the road from the Mackay Mater Hospital, a 5-minute drive from both Caneland Central and Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre. Northpoint Retail Centre is also close by. We have parking facilities at the front, side and back of our premises.
DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF TO YOUR APPOINTMENT – if you are a retinal patient. Please arrange for someone to accompany you home after your appointment as you will not be able to drive yourself.
Our clinic is easy to reach by public transport. Take bus route 306 to the Mater Hospital stop, which is directly opposite our clinic.
There are disabled parking spaces available at the front and side of the clinic. We can also provide a wheelchair for use during your appointment if it is required.