Blackburn Ophthalmologists - Eye Clinic | Laser Surgery & more
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Blackburn South Ophthalmology Clinic
  • Call

    03 9877 6288
    FAX : 03 9894 2691

  • Location

    156 Canterbury Rd
    Blackburn South vic 3130

  • Hours

    M–F 8.30 am–5 pm

    Sat Closed

    Sun Closed

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Some services may not be performed by your preferred doctor or at your preferred clinic. We will confirm this with you before making an appointment.

Vision Eye Institute Blackburn South is a comprehensive ophthalmology clinic that has been providing eye care to the local community for the past 40 years. Our highly experienced team treat general ophthalmological conditions, as well as more specialised areas such as glaucoma, most retinal conditions, cataracts, corneal conditions, laser eye surgery and reconstructive surgery (oculoplastics). We offer patients the latest treatments and innovations in eye care – our surgeons pioneered multifocal intraocular lens technology and have been among the first to perform LASIK laser eye surgery in Australia.

We accept all emergency cases, as well as DVA, TAC and Workcover patients. Day surgeries are performed at Whitehorse Day Surgery, Camberwell Day Surgery and occasionally Panch Day Surgery. Laser eye surgery is performed at the Vision Eye Institute Melbourne clinic on St Kilda Rd.

Clinic facilities

Vision Eye Institute Blackburn South is equipped with all of the modern facilities expected from a world-class ophthalmic centre. If you are undergoing diagnostic tests or minor procedures, your doctor will generally perform these in one of the consultation rooms. Other procedures (e.g. SLT or YAG laser) may be carried out in one of our dedicated treatment rooms. We have the latest imaging systems on-site – these include optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system, Optos for wide-angle retinal imaging, A-scan for ocular ultrasound, Pentacam for corneal topography and visual field machines.

Day surgeries are performed at Camberwell Day Surgery, Whitehorse Day Surgery and occasionally Panch Day Surgery. Laser eye surgery procedures are performed at Vision Eye Institute Melbourne, our dedicated laser clinic.

Clinic services

We diagnose and treat many different eye conditions, some of which are described below. When you first visit our clinic, one of our highly trained orthoptists will meet with you to prepare you for your consultation with your doctor. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have – our goal is to assist you in making a fully informed decision about your treatment.

Laser eye surgery assessments

The following services are available at our clinic:

  • Free, no obligation laser eye surgery suitability assessments performed by our Clinical Optometrist, Michelle Shih. Find out if you are eligible for laser eye surgery.
  • Pre-surgical consultations with one of our highly experienced eye surgeons, Dr Abi Tenen or Prof Rasik Vajpayee, or Clinical Optometrist Michelle Shih. Have your full assessment before surgery, discuss the most suitable surgical option for you (LASIK or PRK) and get all your questions answered.
  • Post-operative care supported by Michelle Shih, in conjunction with Dr Abi Tenen and Prof Rasik Vajpayee.

Consultations with Michelle are available in Mandarin or English.

Laser eye surgery will be performed at our dedicated, state-of-the-art laser suite at our Melbourne (St Kilda Road) clinic.

Cataract surgery

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial one. Traditionally, the entire operation was performed manually, but now surgeons can use laser technology to perform some of the steps. Patients can access both standard cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery at Vision Eye Institute Blackburn South. 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.

Glaucoma treatment

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 and MIGS/iStent) are performed under a local anaesthetic in the day surgery.

Corneal procedures

Our corneal specialists commonly diagnose and manage disorders such as keratoconus, pterygium (Surfer’s Eye), corneal ulcers, recurrent corneal erosion and corneal dystrophies. They have expertise in performing complex procedures, such as corneal transplantation, corneal ring implants, collagen cross-linking and pterygium removal.

Apart from minor procedures that can be carried out in the clinic consulting or treatment rooms, corneal procedures are performed at Camberwell Day Surgery and Vision Eye Institute Melbourne.

Retinal procedures

All retinal referrals are triaged and seen at Vision Eye Institute Box Hill.
We see all patients with retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Eye drops are used to dilate your pupil so that we examine the back of the eye, where the retina is. Your vision will be blurry and you will have increased sensitivity to glare – this should subside within 4 to 6 hours. Please note that you will not be able to drive home and will need to make other arrangements.

Treatments such as eye injections or retinal 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 at Whitehorse Day Surgery.

Laser eye surgery

Advances in technology mean we can now help most people who require glasses with some form of vision correction procedure – even if you’ve previously been told you don’t qualify. Our doctors specialise in laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and implantable lenses.

At the initial assessment consultation, we’ll carefully check your eyes to determine if you are suitable for vision correction and, if so, which procedure is most appropriate for you. As with any surgery, there are benefits and risks and your surgeon will discuss these with you.

Laser eye surgery procedures are performed at Vision Eye Institute Melbourne, our dedicated laser clinic on St Kilda Road.

Reconstructive surgery (oculoplastics)

Our oculoplastic surgeons are specially trained to perform surgery around the eye socket, eyelid, tear ducts and the face. Conditions that may require reconstructive surgery include eyelid lesions and tumours, ptosis, blocked tear ducts and orbital fractures, to name a few. These surgical procedures are generally performed under local anaesthetic at Camberwell Day Surgery.

Payment plans

Vision Eye Institute patients can access a plan to suit their needs through one of the following options.*

  • LatitudePay for services up to $1,000 – interest free, ten weekly payments, no account fees, fast approval
  • LatitudePay+ for services up to $10,000 – interest free, flexible repayment period (6 or 12 months), low monthly account fee, fast approval
  • Latitude Gem Visa – credit limit subject to approval, interest-free offers, low monthly account fee, fast approval

*Approved customers only. Latitude Gem Visa only available for laser eye surgery. Before applying for any form of credit, always read the full terms and conditions.

Support staff

  • Uyen Vu Practice Manager

The information on this page is general in nature. All medical and surgical procedures have potential benefits and risks. Consult your ophthalmologist for specific medical advice.


Getting here

By car

Our clinic is conveniently located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Parking is available at the rear of the building, off Shawlands Avenue.

By public transport

Take bus route 703 or 765 to the Canterbury Road/Holland Road stop – our clinic is only a short walk away.

Disability access

The clinic has ramp access for people with limited mobility.

IMPORTANT: If you are concerned about your eyes and require an urgent consultation, DO NOT use this form. Please call one of our clinics during office hours or contact your nearest emergency department.

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