Why is compliance to NSQHS so critical and sought after by day surgeries?

All Australian health practices, FOCUS included, are subject to mandatory audit for compliance with all 10 National Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards (NSQHS) and ISO Standards.

NSQHS was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to drive the implementation of safety and quality systems and improve the quality of health care in Australia. The 10 NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations. For day surgeries and practices, accreditation of these standards is critical, not only is it recommended and recognised by the Australian Commission, it also provides an independent guarantee to patients that they will be receiving THE best care at your practice.

In preparation for the audit FOCUS Eye Centre commenced using a cloud-based quality management system in February 2014. This system supports the management of quality, safety and risk including performance and compliance monitoring and business improvement. It allowed us to efficiently achieve and maintain accreditation with a wide range of quality standards including ISO 9001, RACGP, and NSQHS. We have been impressed with the outcome of the audit as all requirements were met and one with merit.

Accreditation without the right systems, quality culture and approach can be difficult to achieve, especially in Australia where we have stringent National Standards. The auditors complimented us on the ease of their task. A laptop was provided for each of the two auditors at our meeting room desk, the task was paperless and with site inspection, took just one morning. The implemented system will also make our ongoing quality management easier and more effective as it involves all staff in the process and permits easy capture of consumer input. (For more information on implementing quality management systems at your practice go to surgicalpartners.com.au)

Focus Eye Centre successful Audit was on the 16 April 2014

SMILE Laser Eye Surgery, relex smile sydney

FOCUS implements the very latest generation of vision correction technology

On Monday 10 November The Zeiss Visumax Femtosecond Laser was installed at FOCUS EYE CENTRE Day Surgery Unit.
This is a collaborative project with Dr John Males who is an eminent Sydney corneal and refractive surgeon. With this technology FOCUS remains right at the leading edge of vision correction technology, providing our patients with THE safest, quickest and most accurate vision correction possible.
This latest generation of vision correction technology, the Zeiss Visumax Femtosecond Laser, is capable of:
  • the SMILE procedure for correction of myopia and astigmatism
  • “no-touch” PRK correction for a wide range of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia
  • Works in tandem with our Schwind Amaris Excimer laser to provide even more accurate LASIK
For more information on this laser go to Zeiss.com
Or download the Zeiss brochure here


FOCUS hosted “OPHTHALMOLOGY UPDATE” an optometry CPD points event

This Tuesday the 21st of October, FOCUS hosted “OPHTHALMOLOGY UPDATE” an optometry CPD points evening at our award winning Kingsford practice.

It was a great night, with all of FOCUS’ ophthalmologists giving useful and informative talks.

“Just a short note to say “thank you” to everyone that made Tuesday night such a success. The hospitality was marvellous, the speeches updated us on current topics and overall the night was great. It was a fun night and it was good to catch up and tour the centre. Thank Dr Smith and Dr Kearns for their Hospitality”

 Regards, Helen Lianos

If you are an Ophthalmologist, GP or Specialist and want to be added to our database for optometry CPD points event information please contact Ana Alexandratos:


Over the coming weeks we will feature each presentation topic on our website, these topics include:

What’s New at FOCUS …

by Sally Turner, Orthoptist & Quality Manager

Cataract Surgery Pros And Cons Phaco V’s Femto | Monofocal V’s Multifocal

by Dr Richard Smith

Overview of headaches … An approach to managing headaches as a presenting symptom in Ophthalmic patients

by Dr Paula Berdoukas

FOCUS on refractive surgery for 50 & 60 year olds… what is it about and what is it for?

by Dr Margaret Kearns

FOCUS on the 3 “C’s”… Cornea , Cross – Linking and Chalazia

by Dr Con Petsoglou

Day Surgery … What your patient experiences at our centrefrom Admission to Discharge

by Sr Jenny Keller & Ana Alexandratos

FOCUS featured in UTS promotional videos

FOCUS Eye Centre features in a recent promotional videos the UTS Graduate school of Health produced. The videos are used to introduce Orthoptics career prospects to future students.

Improve eyesight with food

Super Food Ideas article extract – ” Improve eyesight with food “


Keep good vision in your sights by eating the right foods, says nutritionist Nicole Senior. 

Seeing an optometrist is recommended if you feel your vision changing. Correcting vision problems with glasses or contact lenses may be all you need. However, as we age, more serious conditions can threaten eyesight. You can increase your chances of maintaining good vision with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Did you know?

  • Egg yolks are one of the best sources of lutein – an important antioxidant for eyes. They also contain zeaxanthin.
  • Blueberries contain phytochemicals thought to regenerate rhodopsin in the eye, which helps night vision.
  • An average-sized orange or baked potato provides your recommended daily amount of vitamin C – one of the eye-friendly antioxidants.

Eating for healthy eyes

Golden/green fruit and vegetables (for lutein and zeaxanthin) Kale, spinach, baby spinach, broccoli, corn, capsicum, peas, dark lettuce, zucchini, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, kiwifruit, persimmon and mandarin.

Orange/dark green fruit and vegetables (for beta carotene) Carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, corn, butternut squash, yellow tomatoes, yellow and red capsicum, oranges, rockmelon, mangoes, pink grapefruit, peaches, apricots, spinach, baby spinach, silverbeet, basil and kale.

Best laser eye technology

Advances in screening and diabetic eye disease detection

Ocular Surgery News U.S. Edition, published cover story – “Advances in imaging technologies improve screening, detection of diabetic eye disease” on August 25, 2014.

An extract from the story reads…

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“Perfect Vision” – FOCUS Eye Centre featured in Indesign Magazine

FOCUS Eye Centre features in the Sep-Nov 2014, ISSUE 58 of Indesign Magazine


“There is more than meets the eye in this intriguing development for a Sydney eye clinic. 

For what might be expected to be a straight­ forward functional facility, this eye centre in Sydney has an intriguing mix of narratives – and they all come together in a beautifully resolved piece of design which optimises the operational efficiency and minimises the anxieties of the patients…”


Read article here – In Design “Perfect Vision”


gaming bad for eyes

Is gaming bad for eyes ?

Most of us at one point in our lives has been told…

“Don’t sit so close to the screen, it’s bad for your eyes !

but what’s true and what’s pure urban myth?

Computer/TV eyestrain has less to do with screens and more to do with the way you use them. Most of us forget to blink and take breaks as often as we should, so all that time spent staring at the screen can make eyes tired and dry. But it won’t damage your eyes.

Is gaming bad for eyes ? – in CTVNews article published on August 13, 2014 “Gaming isn’t all bad…” it is stated that in some cases gaming can improve your eye sight.

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eye care tips for winter

FOCUS eye care tips for winter

Whist warming your cockles by the fire this winter, spare a thought for your eyes. Mostly our time is spent thinking about how best to keep warm in the winter months and we can forget to care for our eyes. The following are a few eye care tips for winter – to keep your peepers healthy.

  1. Be mindful of dry environments – Much of our time during winter months are spent huddling round an open fire place or in the air conditioned comfort of our offices. As comforting as this can be such artificial environments can have adverse effects on your eyes. If you begin to experience any discomfort from dry eyes try distancing yourself from the heat source or use over the counter eye drops. Humidifiers can also be useful in alleviating dryness.
  2. Sunnies are your friend – The sun can be just as damaging – if not more so – in the winter months than in the summer months. In winter the sun sits lower in the sky and often shines directly in your eyes. Best protection is given from sunglasses that shade from the sides as well as the front.
  3. Snow White Snow Bright – Hitting the slopes? Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing protective ski goggles with 100% UVA & UVB protection. Skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities can be hazardous to your vision. Not only do you risk irritation or injury from both debris and other obstacles, but the reflective nature of the snow itself can double the harmful effects of sun on the eyes.
  4. Protect your children’s eyes – Make sure your children are also wearing appropriate UV goggles and eyewear. Sun damage is normally acquired from a young age and over time, your eyes can be harmed just as much as your skin. Using UV eye protection from a young age will counter these harmful effects.

If you are experiencing any eye discomfort this winter please contact your eye specialist to make an appointment.

laser eye surgery infographic

New Name – Same Doctors, Same Quality of Care…

Directors, Dr Richard Smith and Dr Margaret Kearns are highly experienced ophthalmic surgeons who commenced practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs 32 years ago. These respected specialists were integral to the development of laser refractive surgery in Australia 20 years ago. In creating their practice they put together the best team of Orthoptists, Registered Nurses and administrative personnel, to ensure the very best quality of care for their patients.

In 2013, their practice (known as the Sydney Eye Specialist Centre) underwent a huge transformation updating it’s premises, facilities and technology.  The Directors felt that they needed a new brand that reflected their newly modernised centres as well as their values and outlook. They re-branded to become FOCUS Eye Centre with their team of Doctors and Staff, who all remain committed to maintaining the same quality of care they always have.
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