State-of-the-art equipment

Our examination and treatment rooms were designed by A/Prof Heriot after decades of experience around the world. The unique setup encourages face-to-face communication between doctor and patient, as well as providing a seamless transition between diagnostic imaging, examination and management.

The clinic features specialised diagnostic equipment and retinal lasers, including:

Diagnostic Equipment

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique to produce a cross sectional view of the retina. This scan reveals detail within the multiple retinal layers in a similar way to an ultrasound and is important as different disease processes affect different layers of the retina and deeper tissues.

The clinic utilises ocular coherence tomography (OCT) with the Heidelberg Spectralis system, which is equipped to acquire OCT angiography (OCTA), as well as Fundus Fluorescein Angiography and Indocyanine Green Angiography.

Fluorescein Angiography (Angio) have been performed for over 30 years and is proven to be safe and well tolerated. The procedure involves injecting fluorescein dye into a vein in the back of the hand or in the bend of the elbow joint. Once the dye is injected, a series of photos are acquired to document the dye circulating inside the eye, for a period of 5-10 minutes.

This measures the sensitivity and range of your central and peripheral vision. It provides information about any damage to visual nerves within the retina, the optic nerve and the brain. This can also assess the horizontal range of vision (Esterman Fields) that VicRoads requires for driving licence renewal.

Macular Integrity Assessment (MAIA): Similar to the peripheral visual field test, this device assess macula function and sensitivity to brightness that cannot be measured with standard methods of testing (i.e. distance and reading visual acuity). The program tracks eye movements (based on retinal vessels), allowing for reliable and sequential monitoring of visual function over time, to assess the potential benefit of the therapy or a decline in function. Further, it has the potential for eccentric viewing training.

Utilises the power of high-resolution swept-source OCT images to provide the most important anterior segment examinations and brings together corneal topography and tomography, biometry measurements and IOL calculation.

Ultrasonography generates a cross-sectional view of the back of the eye including all the structures within it, such as the lens, vitreous and retina. It provides critical information about any retinal detachment or displacement of eye structures.

Treatment Laser

Retinology Institute features specially developed lasers, which facilitate in the treatment of a variety of retinal conditions. In most cases, laser can be performed in the clinic, on the day of your consultation using local anaesthetic eye drops.

The 532 Green laser is the traditional treatment for retinovascular disease and still can be essential despite the advances with anti-VEGF drugs e.g. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy, Coats disease in children, some vein occlusion and, of course, retinal tears. YAG Capsulotomy is a safe and painless laser procedure used to treat Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO), following cataract surgery.

The 2RT laser laser produces a 3-nanosecond pulse that is specifically absorbed by the RPE and spares the photoreceptors. Although originally developed for AMD risk reduction, it is particularly beneficial in many cases of acute central serous chorio-retinopathy (CSCR) and some cases with diabetic macular oedema.

The YAG Vitreolysis laser is a non-invasive, painless procedure that can clear vitreous opacities in highly selected cases such a very symptomatic Weiss ring following a PVD.