Dr Stephen O'Hagan Consultant Ophthalmologist
What We Do
The ophthalmologists of Cairns Eye & Laser Clinic have received comprehensive international training and specialise in the following areas:
- Cataract Surgery
- Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Retinal Surgery
- Pterygium Surgery
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Why do I need a new referral? I've been seeing the same eye doctor for years
Referrals from your family doctor or optometrist last for 12 months from the date of your first consultation. Referrals from your specialist last 3 months. You can see your ophthalmologist without a current referral but you will be unable to take your receipt to Medicare Australia for your subsidy as they will only pay on a current referral. No referral also makes diagnosis and treatment more difficult as your ophthalmologist will not have a current history and reason for your visit.
Why do I need a driver and dark glasses?
For your ophthalmologist to examine the inside of your eye, he needs your pupil (like a camera aperture) to be fully dilated (open). Drops will be instilled in your eye to cause this to happen. With your pupil fully dilated, your ophthalmologist uses the special slit lamp to examine inside your eyes. Just imagine the effect of a camera flash lasting at least an hour. You won't be able to see clearly and the glare from the outdoors will make your vision uncomfortable.
How long will my visit take?
We generally advise patients 2-3 hours, though this can vary due to other tests being required, which could extend your visit or an unexpected delay due to another patient's complex case or an emergency. We try to keep patients informed if there is a delay. If you decide to book for surgery, your time in the clinic increases due to further tests and the informed clinical and financial consent process.
What additional costs will there be?
Apart from the fee for your consultation, depending on the reason for your visit, further tests may be required to assist diagnosis of your condition. These tests do attract additional fees but you will be informed of the cost beforehand.
Can I get laser so I don't need glasses?
Cairns Eye & Laser Clinic uses lasers to treat medical conditions. We do not perform Lasik (refractive surgery) however our ophthalmologists can assess your suitability for refractive surgery and refer you to the appropriate practitioner.
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