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You shouldn’t have to wait for clearer vision

Vision correction in the hands of experts

The refractive clinic at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood is renowned for offering only the highest quality of vision correction surgeries, performed safely and successfully.

The clinic is led by three of the most highly skilled and accomplished laser eye surgery specialists in Australia. Together, A/Prof Colin Chan, A/Prof Michael Lawless and Prof Gerard Sutton have helped correct the vision of more than 50,000 patients.

With access to the latest state-of-the-art laser technology (including SMILE®, LASIK and PRK), we can help the majority of people correct their vision – even if you’ve previously been told you don’t qualify.

Find out what your options are with our experienced clinical team.

Enquire now!

First step: book a consultation with a surgeon*

  • Undergo in-clinic testing and measurement of your eyes
  • Have an in-depth discussion with one of our highly regarded eye surgeons, including:
    • Your visual goals and lifestyle needs
    • Surgical options, realistic visual outcome, potential risks and expected recovery period
    • Costs (interest-free payment plans are available).

There is no obligation to proceed with surgery.

What to expect if you decide to have surgery

  • Laser eye surgery is performed in our dedicated laser suite
  • The surgery only takes 20 minutes, but plan to be in the laser suite for around 2 hours (and make sure you have someone to drive you home afterwards!)

This video will take you through what to expect of the day of surgery

Note: you must have a consultation with a surgeon before proceeding with surgery


SMILE® is a registered trademark of Carl Zeiss Meditec.
*Surgical consultations attract a fee – a Medicare rebate is available with a referral letter from a GP or optometrist. Please note surgery cannot proceed without a surgical consultation first.

Take the next step

Complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your options.

Our laser clinics

  • Chatswood

    • 02 9424 9999
      FAX : 02 9410 3000
    • Level 3, 270 Victoria Ave
      Chatswood 2067 nsw
    • M–F 8 am–5.30 pm
      Sat Closed
      Sun Closed
  • Bondi Junction

    • 02 9386 3666
      FAX : 02 9386 3699
    • Level 4, 3A Bronte Rd
      Bondi Junction 2022 nsw
    • M–F 8.30 am–5 pm
      Sat Closed
      Sun Closed

Meet our network of experienced laser eye surgeons

We have some of the most experienced and highly regarded laser eye surgeons in Sydney and Australia – including the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Australia and the first surgeon to perform SMILE® in Sydney. Our surgeons have performed more SMILE® procedures than any other provider in Australia and New Zealand.

Prof Colin Chan

Prof Colin Chan


Bondi Junction


With more than 18 years of experience, Dr Colin Chan is an internationally recognised expert in refractive and cataract surgery. He also has significant expertise in the treatment of keratoconus and is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra.

What A/Prof Colin Chan discuss the future of laser eye surgery

A/Prof Michael Lawless

A/Prof Michael Lawless


Bondi Junction



A/Prof Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, with expertise in laser eye surgery.

Watch A/Prof Lawless discuss recovery times after laser eye surgery

Prof Gerard Sutton

Prof Gerard Sutton




Prof Sutton is one of Australia’s leading ophthalmic surgeons and is an internationally recognised expert in cataract surgery, laser vision correction and corneal transplantation. He is Professor of Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Sydney Medical School and Medical Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank.

Watch Prof Gerard Sutton explain the risks of laser eye surgery

We are dedicated to research

As a patient-focused company, Vision Eye Institute aims to deliver the best possible clinical outcomes. To achieve this, our practice must continue to evaluate and innovate. Vision Eye Institute’s doctors have created a culture that emphasises rigorous clinical review.

Through regular, methodical and comprehensive review of all facets of clinical and surgical practice, our doctors can readily benchmark themselves against best-practice outcomes. The demand for our doctors to share their results and experiences at scientific conferences, both locally and overseas, is a testament to our ability to deliver a consistently high standard of patient care and clinical outcomes.

Due to the size of our organisation, we are able to support our doctors with a dedicated research team. This team is responsible for translating the data into peer-reviewed research articles and extending the group’s research interests.


What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery involves permanently reshaping the cornea to correct refractive errors (including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism).

There are several different types of laser eye surgery and our surgeons will help you choose the procedure best suited to your needs.

A/Prof Michael Lawless explains laser eye surgery in this video:

Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

If you meet the following basic criteria, you may be suitable for laser eye surgery:

  • You are between 18 and 45 years old
  • You suffer from short-sightedness, long-sightedness and/or astigmatism
  • You wear glasses or contact lenses (but NOT for close-up work e.g. reading glasses)
  • You have good general eye health

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or over 45 years old, call 1800 1 LASER to discuss your options as other vision correction procedures may be available.

Watch this video to find out if laser eye surgery is right for you:

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

The cost of laser eye surgery varies between the different types. Following your consultation, the surgeon will provide a detailed cost breakdown for the recommended procedure.

Read this article to learn more.

Please note: Medicare does not rebate any of the cost of laser eye surgery; however, many private health insurers will cover some of the cost. Please contact your health insurer to check your level of cover before surgery.

Interest-free payment plans are available.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

Laser eye surgery is one of the safest procedures in the world; however, all surgical procedures have some risks.

  • Laser eye surgery has a 99% success rate
  • ~1% of patients will experience minor side-effects (e.g. dry eye, some residual error)
  • Serious side-effects (e.g infection) are incredibly rare (>1 in 5000).

Watch Prof Gerard Sutton explain the risks in this video:

Is Vision Eye Institute Chatswood open under COVID-19 restrictions?

Yes! We are open for laser eye surgery consultations and for surgery. Rest assured, we are following strict social distancing practices and hygiene protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. You can read our COVID-19 statement to learn how we are protecting patents and staff during this time.

Can I have laser eye surgery if I have dry eyes?

If you have dry eyes, you may still be eligible for laser eye surgery. It’s important to choose a surgeon that will:

  • Assess your degree of dry eye
  • Manage dry eye properly before surgery
  • Choose the sort of procedure that is suitable for your needs.

Watch A/Prof Colin Chan explain how he treats patients with dry eye before they have laser eye surgery here:

After an initial consultation we will provide you with a detailed and all-inclusive quote for your laser eye surgery procedure.
All medical and surgical procedures have benefits, risks and possible complications. Check with your ophthalmologist before proceeding.