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LASIK LASER EYE SURGERY MELBOURNE

State-of-the-art, cutting edge LASIK surgery is a once in a lifetime investment.

Dr Joanne Goh is a leading LASIK laser eye surgery and vision correction specialist in Melbourne, Victoria. LASIK surgery can help to correct common vision impairments and set you free from glasses. For the best results in your LASIK laser eye surgery procedure, always consult with a highly qualified ophthalmologist.

 
 
 
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Dr Joanne Goh using the excimer laser.

What is LASIK laser eye surgery?

LASIK, sometimes referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is the most common refractive procedure performed to correct short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. LASIK stands for “laser in-situ keratomileusis” and is a technique that uses a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap on the front surface of the cornea, beneath which excimer laser ablation is applied to re-shape the cornea, correcting for your refractive error. LASIK is the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today because it causes minimal discomfort and very little downtime. Visual recovery is very rapid, allowing you to return to your normal activities almost immediately.

How does LASIK work?

LASIK works by using an excimer laser to remove corneal tissue in an extremely precise fashion. This changes the curvature of the cornea, and hence the focus of the eye. In myopia, the cornea is made flatter, allowing light to focus on the retina instead of in front of it. In hyperopia, the cornea is made steeper, shifting the focus of the light on the retina instead of behind it. For astigmatism, the cornea is made more spherical, allowing light to focus on a single point on the retina instead of having multiple points of focus. This improved focus of the eye means that you can now see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

How do I know if I am suitable for LASIK?

To be a suitable candidate for LASIK laser vision correction, you should:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Have a stable spectacle or contact lens prescription for at least a year

  • Have healthy eyes

  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding

There are limits as to how much myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism that can be corrected with LASIK eye correction, and this largely depends on the thickness of your cornea. This can only be determined at your laser eye surgery assessment.

To determine your suitability for LASIK laser eye treatment, you will need to come in for a detailed assessment. At this visit, you will first see our optometrist who will perform tests to determine your refraction, corneal shape, thickness and other corneal parameters. This is followed by a consultation with Dr Goh where the health of your eyes will be assessed, and the results of these tests will be reviewed and discussed in detail with you.

How is LASIK performed?

  • A thin corneal flap first is created with a femtosecond laser.

  • The flap is then gently lifted and folded over to expose the underlying cornea.

  • The Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser precisely re-shapes the exposed cornea, correcting for your refractive error.

  • Finally, the flap is put back in its original position where it re-adheres naturally to the underlying corneal tissue.

 
 
 

WHY CHOOSE DR JOANNE GOH?

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Specialist refractive surgeon

The most important consideration when deciding on your LASIK eye specialist is selecting the surgeon with the right expertise, skill and experience.  Dr Goh is a leading expert in laser eye and lens implant surgery who has been fellowship trained at international centres of excellence, guaranteeing you the highest level of surgical expertise and care.

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Personalised care

Unlike at some larger laser eye clinics, where you may only meet the surgeon on the day of your surgery, you can expect personalised care at every step of your LASIK journey where you will be seen by Dr Goh at all of your pre and post-operative appointments.

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Customised treatment

We customise all individual treatments to give you the best possible vision. We also offer a complete range of vision correction options tailored to your needs if LASIK isn’t suitable for you.

 
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Cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology

We use the latest, state-of-the-art technology in your assessment, treatment planning and surgery. Your LASIK surgery is performed using the world’s most advanced laser eye technology available on the market, German engineered Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser.

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We are committed to helping you achieve your goal of 20/20 vision

We routinely analyse our outcomes using sophisticated eye analysis softwares to continually monitor and refine our calculations and techniques to ensure that our patients achieve the best possible visual outcomes.

 
 
 
 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR LASIK ASSESSMENT

So, you’ve decided that glasses and contact lenses no longer suit your lifestyle and you wish to have the freedom of clear vision without all the hassle of visual aids. What next?

Initial Assessment

Our qualified optometrist will take a detailed history and perform a range of diagnostic tests to assess your suitability for LASIK surgery.

Comprehensive Assessment

Dr Goh will perform a comprehensive dilated eye examination, review test results with you, discuss treatment options and recommend the procedure best suited to you. You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered at this appointment. If you are not suitable for LASIK, Dr Goh will also discuss alternate treatment options. A valid referral from your GP or optometrist is required to claim a Medicare rebate for this consultation.

Booking Your Surgery

At the end of your appointment with Dr Goh, you will receive a quote and written information on the recommended procedure to allow you to make an informed decision. You may proceed to book in your surgery, or get back to us at any time when you are ready.

 
 
 

Booking a consultation

If you’d like to find out if you are suitable for LASIK eye surgery or treatment, please contact us on (03) 8080 1082 to book a consultation at one of our eye clinics in Melbourne, Victoria, or click on the button below to request a call back.

 
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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery FAQs

  • 1. Is laser eye surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

    Laser eye surgery is considered discretionary surgery and therefore does not attract any Medicare rebates, unless it is used to treat certain eye diseases. There are, however, a limited number of health funds that will cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery. Listed below are some of the health funds that offer their members a rebate for laser eye surgery. This information is accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change by the individual health funds, so it is always worth contacting your health fund to check if you are eligible for any rebates.

    Health Fund

    Cover type

    Procedures

    Waiting period

    Covered

    BUPA

    Ultimate Hospital and Ultimate Extras Cover

    LASIK, PRK & SMILE

    12 months for current members, 36 months for new members after July 1 2018

    Full cost of surgery

    Medibank Private

    Ultra Health Cover

    LASIK, PRK and LASEK

    36 months

    Up to $3500

    Defence Health

    Top Extras

    LASIK and PRK

    12 months

    Up to $1000 per person

    AHM

    Lifestyle Extras and Super Extra

    Laser eye surgery

    24 months

    $600 per eye under Lifestyle Extras and $900 per eye under Super Extras

    HBF

    Ultimate Cover (available to members in WA only)

    LASIK, PRK and ICL

    12 months

    Full cost of surgery

  • 2. What is included in the cost of laser eye surgery with Dr Joanne Goh?

    Your surgery fee for laser eye correction includes:

    • All postoperative aftercare appointments with Dr Goh for 12 months.
    • All tests and investigations carried out within the first year of surgery.
    • Any enhancements required within the first year of surgery.

  • 3. What payment options are available?

    We accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card, cash, direct bank deposit or bank cheques.

  • 4. Do you offer payment plans?

    We understand that the cost of LASIK laser eye surgery can be a significant upfront cost for many. If cost is an issue, please speak to one of our staff members for interest-free finance options.

  • 5. Do I require a referral?

    A referral is not necessary for your initial LASIK assessment. You will need a valid referral to claim a Medicare rebate for your consultation with Dr Goh. A referral can be obtained from your optometrist, general practitioner, or another ophthalmologist. A referral from your optometrist with a record of your last spectacle prescription is very helpful in determining the stability of your refraction in the last 12 months and helps us understand any concerns you may have regarding your eyes and vision. Having a referral from your GP or optometrist also allows Dr Goh to have a dialogue with your health care practitioners as we value their input in your care.

  • 6. If I have any concerns after surgery, how easy is it for me to contact my surgeon?

    We understand that undergoing laser eye surgery can be an anxious time for some patients and having access to a helpline is an important factor when considering laser eye surgery. All patients having surgery with Dr Goh will be given a detailed post-operative aftercare information sheet which will contain Dr Goh’s personal mobile number to contact should you have any concerns at any stage after your surgery. All emergency numbers will also be listed.

    We also operate an open-door policy, wherein if there are any concerns outside of your routine visits, Dr Goh would be very happy to see you in the rooms at no extra cost. Just give us a call; we would rather hear from you than have you worry.

  • 7. What do I need to do to prepare for my laser eye surgery assessment?

    If you wear contact lenses, please leave them out for at least a week for soft lenses and 2 weeks for soft toric and rigid gas permeable lenses. The reason for this is that contact lenses alter the curvature of your cornea. Removing your lenses allows your cornea to assume its normal shape and allows us to take accurate measurements of your eye.

    Please bring your current glasses with you and records of previous spectacle prescriptions over the last year, or longer if available, which can be obtained from your optometrist.

  • 8. Where is my surgery performed?

    Dr Goh performs laser eye surgery at the Manningham Private Hospital in Templestowe Lower, Melbourne. This facility is fully accredited, which means if you have the appropriate level of cover, your health fund will be able to offer rebates for surgery performed in this facility. See FAQ 1.

  • 9. What should I expect on the day of surgery?

    Your LASIK eye surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at the Manningham Private Hospital. The LASIK procedure itself takes approximately 15 minutes for each eye but you should expect to stay for at least 2 hours to allow for pre and post-operative examination and counselling.

    The procedure is performed with local anaesthetic eye drops and you may request for an oral sedative if required. You will lie comfortably on a bed and Dr Goh will talk you through each step of the procedure.

    We recommend that you have someone to drive you home as your vision will be blurry.

  • 10. What happens if I blink or move my eyes during the procedure?

    Your eyelid will be held open by an eyelid clip so you won’t have to worry about blinking. This can be slightly uncomfortable initially, but you will soon forget about it and you may think you are blinking normally even though your eyelids are held open.

    The laser has iris recognition and active eye-tracking systems that closely follow and compensate for any eye movement throughout the procedure to ensure precise and accurate placement of the laser treatment. Even though it follows every smallest movement of the eye, it is important to try and keep as still as possible and maintain fixation at the green flashing light to stay on track.

    If you do make a large enough eye movement, the laser detects this and automatically cuts out. Treatment can be safely resumed once your eye is brought back into position.

  • 11. What can I expect after LASIK eye surgery?

    Your eyes will often feel gritty, watery and sensitive to light for a few hours after LASIK laser eye surgery. We recommend that you relax for the rest of the day and not make any plans on the evening of your surgery. You may wish to sleep or just relax with your eyes closed.

    You will be given antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops to prevent infection and assist with healing. You will also be given lubricating drops to help with comfort as your eyes will feel a little dry over the next few weeks. A pair of eye shields will be provided to wear for the first week after LASIK to protect against accidental rubbing during sleep. It is important not to rub your eyes for the first month after LASIK eye surgery.

    Your post-operative appointments will typically be 1 day, 1 month and 3 months after your LASIK eye surgery. In between these visits, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to answer your queries or arrange for you to have another appointment with Dr Goh.

  • 12. How much time do I need off work?

    We recommend that you take 2 days off work. Recovery from LASIK is quick - most patients will see the results of treatment within a few hours. By the next morning, you will notice a further significant improvement and most people are able to return to work within 2 days.

  • 13. How quickly will my vision improve after LASIK?

    On the day of surgery, your vision will be blurry but will start to clear by the next morning. Most patients experience the most dramatic visual improvement the morning following surgery. Your vision may continue to fluctuate for a few weeks after surgery as the corneal flap settles down and the eye heals. It may take longer for higher corrections to settle down completely. In some cases, it may take up to 3 months for the vision to completely stabilize.

  • 14. When can I start driving after LASIK?

    Recovery following LASIK eye surgery is very quick and we expect you to be able to drive by the next day. However, we recommend that you have someone drive you to your appointment the following day.

  • 15. Will I still need reading glasses after laser eye surgery?

    Laser eye surgery alters the shape of the cornea to improve the focus of your eye for distance vision, whereas presbyopia occurs due to natural age-related changes in the lens of the eye. Therefore, laser eye surgery does not treat presbyopia. If you are presbyopic and wish to have laser eye surgery to correct your distance vision, Dr Goh will advise you of options to increase your spectacle independence.