Refractive Laser Surgery Gold Coast

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LASIK & Other Refractive Procedures

If you require laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, talk to Pacific Eye Clinic today. Our clinic is equipped with up-to-date equipment to handle a whole range of refractive procedures. Based in Southport, we offer LASIK, Advanced PRK, ICL and general lens surgery. The results of many forms of refractive procedures are often felt almost immediately, with little to not post-operative pain. Visit for more information. 

He was the first surgeon in Queensland to be accredited for laser cataract surgery—and has since continued to expand his knowledge and experience in the field. This includes pioneering the use of toric and multifocal lenses for cataract surgery.

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We offer the following refractive procedures: 

These procedures

Can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, certain kinds of cataracts, and a whole host of other vision problems. In most cases, they are very low risk and offer positive results almost immediately. 

The team at Pacific Eye Clinic will assess your vision, diagnose the issue and provide a range of solutions tailored to your needs.

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LASIK is the most popular form of laser eye treatment, using state-of-the-art technology that is NASA-approved. It is capable of producing excellent results with a fast recovery time, with patients normally able to drive from the day after surgery. LASIK involves 2 lasers; a Femtosecond laser to create a thin flap of corneal tissue and an excimer laser to safely remove tissue underneath the flap. The amount of tissue removed depends on how large your prescription is.

For a detailed description of LASIK eye surgery, head over to the article ‘LASIK Eye Surgery: Everything You Need To Know’ for a comprehensive guide.

Trans-epithelial PRK

Trans-epithelial photorefractive keratectomy (aka PRK or ASLA) uses an Excimer later to gently reshape the surface of the cornea. The difference between PRK and LASIK is that PRK involves removing the top layer of the cornea, the epithelium, prior to performing the reshaping laser treatment. By removing the epithelium instead of creating a flap you are altering less corneal tissue to treat the same prescription. For this reason PRK can be the preferred option if you have a thinner than average cornea.

During the procedure, Dr Wei will place anaesthetic eye drops in your eyes so there will be no discomfort on your part. This is followed by the excimer laser reshaping. A protective contact lens is placed on your eye for 4-5 days afterwards to allow your corneal epithelium to heal normally. Due to the longer healing process your vision may take longer to become clear compared to other laser eye procedures.

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SMILE laser treatment

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and is an innovative keyhole laser eye surgery technique aimed at correcting vision for short-sighted patients. Because the procedure is performed through a keyhole, the physical healing is much faster than with LASIK or PRK. If you want to play contact sports in the first month after surgery then SMILE may be the preferred option.

After anaesthetic eye drops are administered, the laser creates a disc shaped piece of tissue in the centre of the cornea with incredible precision. The surgeon then removes the tissue through the keyhole incision which reshapes the cornea to improve your vision. Your vision may be a little foggy for a few days after surgery, but is generally good enough to drive on the morning after surgery.


The implantable contact lens (or more correctly Implantable Collamer Lens or ICL) is a small lens placed inside the eye to improve vision for people who would otherwise require glasses or contact lenses to see well. It is placed between the iris (coloured part of the eye) and the natural lens of the eye. You will not be able to feel the lens inside the eye and it requires no maintenance.

The ICL is often used to improve vision in people who have a prescription that’s too large or a cornea that’s not suitable for laser eye surgery. It can also be used for patients with severe dry eye, as it will not increase the risk of dry eye the way laser can in these patients.

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There are many different types of laser eye surgery. All are done in rooms.
Laser eye surgery is a very quick procedure that can range from seconds to a couple of minutes. The whole appointment usually lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

Recovery time varies according to the patient, but typically it takes 1 week. Aftercare appointments are required to follow up on your recovery process.

No. However, patients may experience discomfort in the early healing stages especially with PRK.

Depending on the type of treatment you have, there may be the possibility of some side effects. Common ones include dry eyes that usually clears up within a few months and some minor visual disturbance like headlight glare which usually resolves itself. Serious complications are extremely rare with laser eye surgery.

This varies, but the results can be instant. Most patients experience significant improvements within 24 hours, and you will see a vast improvement by the time your recovery period ends. The type of treatment you undergo is the main factor that determines how long it takes to see results.

Generally speaking, yes, but some patients may experience regression that could be addressed by a secondary procedure. The most common cause is having a glasses prescription which isn’t stable prior to surgery. Also, as we age, the lens inside the eye loses its ability to change focus, but this is not related to laser eye surgery.