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Melbourne
(St Kilda Rd)
Clinic

Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) Ophthalmology Clinic
  • Call

    03 9521 2175
    FAX : 03 9530 2445

  • Location

    Ground floor, 600 St Kilda Rd
    Melbourne 3004 vic

  • Hours

    M–F 8.30 am–5 pm

    SatClosed

    SunClosed

Book a consultation

Complete the form below and we will contact you to arrange an appointment. You will need to bring a current referral letter from a GP or optometrist to your consultation. If you are interested in laser eye surgery and require a referral letter, an appointment can be arranged with one of our optometrists to organise this.

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Complete the form below and we will send you more information about laser eye surgery. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.

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 instead.

Vision Eye Institute Melbourne’s team of highly credentialed and experienced ophthalmic surgeons have expertise in laser eye surgery, cataract surgery and corneal conditions. Together, they have performed thousands of surgeries to help restore patients’ vision. Our doctors are supported by a team of orthoptists, clinical optometrists and the very latest laser technology.

Because every eye is unique, we have equipped our clinic with eye mapping and laser technology that allows us to provide a customised treatment for each individual. This ensures that every patient achieves their best possible visual outcome. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, our surgeons offer a ‘no-touch’ PRK technique known as transPRK, as well as standard PRK/ASLA and LASIK.

In Focus

Free, no-obligation assessments

Don’t trust your eyes to just anyone – Vision Eye Institute has some of the most experienced and highly regarded eye surgeons in Australia.

Call us on 1800 1 LASER if you would like a free, no-obligation assessment for laser eye surgery.

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Clinic facilities

Vision Eye Institute Melbourne specialises in refractive surgery. The facility and equipment are constantly reviewed and upgraded to provide the highest quality ophthalmic services to our patients.

Our modern, centrally located clinic is fully air-conditioned and consists of a reception area, a waiting room, four consulting rooms, a scanning/testing room, a state-of-the-art laser suite, a surgical admission area and a recovery area. These have been designed to ensure optimum comfort for patients, their carers and staff members.

SCHWIND AMARIS laser

Our patients have access to one of the most highly sophisticated laser technology systems available – the SCHWIND AMARIS 1050RS laser. This is the only excimer laser system that operates at 1050 Hz and comes with active 7D eye tracking. This means that all eye movements are recorded and actively compensated for 1050 times per second. Overall, patients benefit from a shortened treatment time and enhanced safety.

This new laser technology benefits both LASIK and PRK/ASLA patients. Patients undergoing LASIK can now remain on the same bed throughout the entire procedure. Patients suitable for PRK/ASLA may be able to have an alternative ‘no-touch’ procedure known as transPRK, where no physical contact is made with the eye.

Learn more about safety with the SCHWIND AMARIS 1050RS.

Custom ablation

As part of the comprehensive testing performed before laser eye surgery, we map the surface of the eye. For the subset of people whose corneal shape falls outside the normal range, we perform custom ablation where we specifically program the laser to account for your unique eye surface patterns. Custom ablation leads to better outcomes for patients who have an abnormal corneal shape by reducing the likelihood of post-operative side-effects such as glare or halos. It’s important to go to a clinic equipped with technology for a customisable treatment to ensure you achieve your best possible visual outcome.

Clinic services

In addition to providing a range of vision correction procedures, our clinic offers consultations for corneal conditions and cataract surgery. Whether you are visiting our clinic for a refractive, corneal or cataract assessment, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and always welcome feedback – our goal is to provide a consistently premium service and assist you in making a fully informed decision about your treatment.

Vision correction

With the advancements in technology, we can now help the majority of people who wear glasses with some form of vision correction procedure – even if you’ve previously been told you don’t qualify.

We specialise in a range of vision correction techniques.

  • LASIK: a two-step laser eye surgery procedure where one laser is used to create a flap in the cornea before reshaping the cornea with another laser.
  • PRK/ASLA: a laser eye surgery procedure where a topical solution is used to remove the top layer of cells from the cornea before a laser is used for reshaping.
  • transPRK: a laser eye surgery procedure where a laser is used to remove the top layer of corneal cells before reshaping. This is a ‘no-touch’ technique.
  • Refractive lens exchange: the same surgical procedure as cataract surgery, where the eye’s lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
  • Lens implant: a corrective lens is permanently implanted into the eye, working the same way as glasses or contact lenses to give you clear vision.

Laser eye surgery is performed in our on-site laser suite. Refractive lens exchange and lens implants are performed at Vision Day Surgery Camberwell or Panch Day Surgery.

Laser eye surgery appointments

Wherever you are on your journey to having laser eye surgery, we offer an assessment that suits you. There is no obligation to proceed with surgery following any of these assessments.

  1. Comprehensive full assessment with your preferred surgeon: One of our highly trained orthoptists will meet with you to perform a range of in-depth diagnostic tests, before you meet with your surgeon for a thorough eye examination and discussion of your laser eye surgery options. Please allow 1.5 hours for this consultation. Surgical consultations attract a fee, but a Medicare rebate is available with a referral.
  2. Comprehensive full assessment with our experienced clinical optometrist: This includes in-depth diagnostic tests, a thorough eye examination and discussion of your laser eye surgery options. This assessment costs $65 and a referral is not required. Depending on the outcome of your assessment and your preferences, you may book directly into surgery or further consult with your preferred surgeon.
  3. Free screening assessments with an orthoptist or 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 are eligible, you still require a comprehensive full assessment (i.e. option 1 or 2 above) to proceed with laser eye surgery.

Interstate patients can receive a complimentary night of accommodation in a nearby hotel as part of their package if they proceed with laser eye surgery (conditions apply).

Payment options for laser eye surgery

Vision Eye Institute offers a 12-month interest-free payment plan through GEM visa for corrective laser eye surgery.

Health Insurance for laser eye surgery

Vision Eye Institute and Medibank have partnered to offer a 15% fee reduction on laser eye surgical fees (conditions apply).

Some health funds offer limited cover for laser eye surgery. Bupa offers complete cover for Bupa Health Ultimate members. Please check with your insurer to see if you are covered for laser eye surgery.

Cataract surgery

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial one. There are a variety of replacement lens options available, and your doctor will help you decide on the lens type that best suits your vision and lifestyle needs. Cataract surgeries are performed in a day surgery and take approximately two hours (the actual surgery takes less than 30 minutes).

Corneal conditions

We manage and treat corneal disorders such as keratoconus, recurrent corneal erosion, corneal scarring, corneal dystrophies, corneal ulcers and pterygium (Surfer’s Eye).

Our corneal specialists are experts in a range of treatments, including:

  • Collagen cross-linking: This treatment uses a combination of collagen and riboflavin (vitamin B2), which are activated by ultraviolet light, to significantly strengthen the rigidity of the cornea. Collagen cross-linking can effectively stop the progression of keratoconus. Keratoconus patients undergoing collagen cross-linking are eligible for a Medicare rebate.
  • Photo-therapeutic keratectomy (PTK): A laser is used to remove superficial corneal opacities and surface irregularities. The procedure is performed in our on-site laser suite. Patients are eligible for a Medicare rebate with PTK.
  • Corneal transplantation: Also called corneal grafting or keratoplasty, donor cornea is used to replace damaged or diseased corneal tissue. This surgical procedure is usually reserved for situations when all other treatment options have been exhausted and is performed at Vision Day Surgery Camberwell.
  • Pterygium removal: Using modern microsurgical techniques, the surgeon carefully removes the pterygium and replaces it with a graft of healthy tissue taken from the same eye, which is fixed into place. Pterygium removal is performed at Vision Day Surgery Camberwell.
  • Intracorneal rings and inlays: This is a surgical treatment performed in our on-site laser suite that involves the insertion of clear plastic segments into the cornea. These segments are designed to reshape the front surface of the eye, thus correcting refractive errors caused by keratoconus.

Dr Tenen specialises in keratoconus and has extensive experience with corneal collagen cross-linking.

Professor Vajpayee specialises in corneal transplantations, Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus and pterygium.

Fully accredited

We are committed to continuously monitoring and improving customer service. Our practice has developed a quality management system to meet the requirements of the International Organisation Standards ISO 9001 and achieve certification. These standards focus on the effectiveness of a practice’s quality management system in meeting the needs of its customer. Please let our reception staff know if you wish to provide us with feedback on our service – we welcome and appreciate all input.

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Getting here

By car

Located on the ground floor of an office building, we are easy to reach by car. A public car park is located just behind our clinic on Lorne Street. Alternatively, there is ample 1- and 2-hour metered parking on St Kilda Road and Lorne Street.

By public transport

Public transport is a very convenient way to reach our clinic, with several tram routes (3, 5, 6, 16, 64 and 67) stopping directly outside the clinic.

Disability access

The clinic has convenient access for people with limited mobility.

Have a question?

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.