Waverley Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Waverley Private Hospital offers a comprehensive range of eye treatments and surgeries for people in East and South East Melbourne, delivered by our experienced ophthalmic surgeons.


Ophthalmic Procedures in Melbourne’s East


Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to repair vision loss caused by cataracts. 

The procedure is conducted in 20-30 minutes, under local or topical anaesthetic and usually does not involve an overnight stay in hospital. 

During this surgery, your surgeon will use specialised technology to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens. You will not be able to feel the new lens once it is in place; it will stay in place for your lifetime and does not require replacement. 

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery is a relatively new treatment option that involves your surgeon cutting very small incisions with the use of a microscopic device, allowing fluid to exit the eye and reduce eye pressure caused by Glaucoma. Please discuss whether this treatment option is suitable for you with your doctor. 

Glaucoma Surgery

Conventional glaucoma surgery is often performed when medicines, laser surgery and or minimally invasive surgery haven’t been successful at controlling eye pressure. It involves making a new opening to allow fluid to leave the eye  This surgery is performed in an operating room and involves an incision on the mucosal surface called the conjunctiva, creating a drainage channel out of the eye. Sutures are then used to close the conjunctiva.

Vitreoretinal surgery (Vitrectomy)

Vitreoretinal surgery (or vitrectomy) refers to a surgery that is performed deep inside the eye using lasers or advanced surgical instruments. Find out more.

Intravitreal Injections

An intravitreal injection involves injecting medication into the eye.  They treat retinal or macular conditions including wet macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusion and ocular inflammation. 

Surgeons may also use this injection as part of a cataract operation to reduce inflammation. 


Scleral Buckling

Scleral buckling is a treatment option to manage primary retinal tears, retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease or trauma to the eye complicated by epiretinal membrane formation. In this procedure your surgeon will sew silicone material to the outside surface of your eye (the sclera). It can usually remain in place permanently. 


If you have retinal detachment or tear, your surgeon may freeze your retina with a probe causing your retina to scar and reattach to your eye wall. 

Laser Eye Surgery

Laser surgery is another option for treatment of a range of conditions including short-sightedness, blurred vision, long-sightedness and retinal tears. These treatments are minimally invasive with fast recovery times and only require a day surgery admission. There are three common types of laser surgery:

LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) 

In this laser surgery, your surgeon will use two lasers to create a micro thin flap and then gently and precisely reshaping the corneal tissue bed. This treatment has rapid recovery time with little to no post-operative pain. 

SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) 

The SMILE technique is a minimally invasive keyhole surgery that involves making a tiny 3mm incision with a laser to reach the cornea and reshape it. 

Surface Treatment (Photorefractive Keratectomy – PRK) 

In this treatment, your surgeon applies a topical solution which softens the top layer of cornea cells, enabling them to be removed. This treatment is best for people with thin corneas. 

Laser Photocoagulation 

This treatment is sometimes suitable for those with a retinal tear or detachment. It involves a laser burning the area around the retinal tear, creating a scar which then helps to seal the tear or reattach a detached retina. 


Please request a referral to a Waverley Private Hospital surgeon to discuss your treatment options.