Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Here at Hervey Bay Surgical Hospital we have several Ophthalmologists (Specialists in medical and surgical problems of the eye) who preform surgical procedures on the eye. Below is a list of some of the more regular procedures performed here, so speak with your Ophthalmologists to organise to have your surgery with us.

Types of surgery performed

Cataract - is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision. It can affect one or both eyes and often it develops slowly. 

Blepharoplasty -  is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. 

Ptosis - is a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid.

Ectropion - is when the lower eyelid turns outwards.

Entropion - is when the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward. It is very uncomfortable, as the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea and irritate it.

Pterygium – is a benign or non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva, a clear, thin tissue that covers the white part of the eye 

Intravitreal Injections – involves injecting medications directly into the eye for the management of retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular oedema, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion.

Canthoplasty - is a surgical procedure used to help create an upward slant in the outer corner of the eyelid or correct a drooping appearance in this portion of the eye.

Removal of Lesions - excision of lesions, BCC's, tumours around the orbital (eye) region. 

Punctum snip - the punctum is a small drainage hole at the inner ends of the upper and lower lids. This snip procedure opens up the punctum and allows the tears to drain into the top part of the drainage system.

Strabismus - is the medical term of a squint, a condition where the eyes point in different directions. One eye may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forward.