Had your eyesight tested recently?

Is it time for your yearly FOCUS eye test? Even if you have never had any vision problems, regular eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are important for early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.

Regular eye exams might help prevent vision loss from eye disease, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose many eye diseases that do not have any noticeable symptoms. After your first visit to your eye doctor, he or she will determine how often you should have your eyes checked.

People with healthy eyes are generally recommended to visit their eye doctor every 1-2 years depending on their age or their risk factors for eye disease. People with existing eye conditions may be advised to have more frequent eye examinations. 

The links below provide more information on common eye conditions…

What is ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS ?

ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS – Laser vision correction beyond LASIK

A step towards flapless, minimally invasive laser correction.

ReLEx combines state-of-the-art femtosecond technology with high-precision lenticule extraction aiming at providing minimally invasive refractive correction in a single system: the ZEISS VisuMax. A refractive lenticule is created in the intact cornea and removed via a small incision. No ablation. No flap.

 Learn more from our technology provider – Zeiss

FOCUS Eye Centre is now offering the ground breaking ReLEX SMILE procedure at our Kingsford practice.
Take the step beyond LASIK –  Contact us today

FOCUS at Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore

FOCUS was excited to attend and present at the Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore. The meeting was for users of the Schwind excimer laser and was attended by over 200 international delegates from Europe, Asia, Middle East and Canada.

Held at the grand Hyatt Singapore, speakers presented papers on treatments being carried out using the Amaris laser and patient outcomes. Results of laser treatments combined with corneal crosslinking were discussed. Using the Schwind  and corneal crosslinking some patients with thin or irregular corneas or conditions like keratoconus, who may have not been suitable for laser treatment in the past, are now candidates and can achieve improved vision and corneal stability.

FOCUS Director & Surgeon, Dr Smith spoke about how FOCUS Laser Eye Centre has linked the Schwind Amaris with the Ziess Visumax Femtosecond Laser so that we can offer the best technology for our patients.

eye care tips for winter

FOCUS on ski goggles

3 possible solutions for skiers who need to wear glasses…

With the ski season fast approaching many keen skiers with vision problems will struggle with goggles, and let’s face it going without just won’t work. You’ll struggle with ski maps and signs, you’re skiing will suffer because you won’t be able to see bumps and patches in the snow, switching between goggles and glasses is a hassle and you risk damaging your glasses…

FOCUS has some solutions for those heading out to the slopes.

  1. An impractical solution – Wearing oversized ski goggles that fit over glasses
    Wearing goggles over glasses tends to be uncomfortable and impractical. From your glasses steaming up to icy winds gushing into them due to gaps the glasses create, along with safety issues caused by wearing glass lenses on the slopes, wearing goggles over glasses can be a real hindrance and in some instances dangerous.
  2. An expensive solution – Buying prescription goggles
    You can buy customised ski goggles with prescription lenses. But these tend to add a hefty price on top of the already bloated price of your ski goggles!
  3. An invaluable solution – Finally taking care of the problem for good with laser eye surgery…
    At Focus Laser Eye Centre, our Day Surgery will correct your vision and have you on the slopes in time for this season… So what are you waiting for call our friendly staff and book an assessment today!

AONA NSW Annual Conference 2015

FOCUS team presides, presents and attends the Annual Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA) Conference this Saturday 27th June 2015, at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney.

FOCUS Nurse Jenny Keller, President of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA), is opening the National AONA NSW Conference, she writes;

Being part of the committee means volunteering many hours of service to the members, starting with the Annual Planning Day, over 200 hours are spent discussing, planning and documenting. In addition many hours are put into our regular meetings, administrative documents for the clinical events, preparation of financial documents. Finally we also prepare the program and general logistics around the annual conference. The events put on by AONA represent an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to update their skills…

As part of the continuing professional development of our staff, all FOCUS nursing and clinical staff are attending the events education day and FOCUS Surgeon Dr Con Petsoglou and Orthoptist Ana Alexandratos are also presenting at the conference. 

Dr Con Petsoglou is presenting “Disappearing Eye Drops: Sound of one hand Clapping!”

Presentation abstract:

In recent months there has been an increasing incidence of ophthalmic medications which have been withdrawn from sale, temporarily unavailable or unable to be manufactured. This includes Zovirax ointment, Chloramphenicol drops, Dexamethasone injections, PHMB, Retinoic acid, Voltaren single dose units and many other preparations with significant impact on the provision of eye care. Of particular concern, is that many of these medications have no other alternative leaving patients medically stranded! This lecture explores reasons for this current critical situation and potential solutions which includes lobbying of the TGA, health departments and government by all eye health professionals.

Ana Alexandratos is presenting “The Toric Lens Debate – Part 2″

Presentation abstract:

Toric Implants have been in use in Australia since 2006. Many Companies invest heavily in research and development to morph these lenses into the sophisticated and refined IOL’s we use today. We have seen their use steadily climb to approximately 60% in private practice. This talk focuses on understanding corneal astigmatism, how to measure it, and how a Toric implant corrects this astigmatism. Also to be discussed is how we would go about choosing these lenses for our patients and the various formulas currently used.

Safest Laser Eye Surgery – How to choose ?

Focus Laser Eye Surgery achieves NSQHS accreditation – May 2015

For day surgeries, meeting NSQHS standards is critical, it provides an independent guarantee patients are getting THE best care & safest laser eye surgery available.

Most people think it’s the type of procedure you have, that determines the safest laser eye surgery possible. However, the best evidence of the safest laser eye surgery are the results of the Day Surgery or practice you attend. A quality Day Surgery will provide consistently high standards across the range of procedures it offers.

The best way to minimise risk when deciding on Laser Eye Surgery is to choose a Day Surgery that has been consistently compliant with the NSQHS standards.

Focus Laser Eye Centre regularly monitors outcomes and performance as part of its Quality Assurance Program, providing care consistent with the NSQHS standards. FOCUS has maintained compliance to these standards since they were first introduced in 2012.

The most recent audit of FOCUS Laser Eye Centre was on 11th May 2015, where all Core Action Items were Satisfactorily Met. Additionally, FOCUS achieved a “Met with Merit” against having an organisation-wide used and monitored risk register.

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.

eye conditions, cataract simulation

Catalys, LenSx vs Conventional Cataract Surgery

A new report from the current ASCRS meeting in San Diego supports our opinion on the subject of Catalys, LenSx vs Cataract Surgery (conventional methods)

Dr Richard Smith – FOCUS Laser Eye Centre: Owner & Ophthalmologist

Presentation Summary –

Refractive outcomes and the difference in best corrected visual acuity in patients treated with conventional cataract surgery are not significantly different than those in patients treated with femtosecond laser-assisted surgery, a new study shows.

Advocates claim that femtosecond laser-assisted surgery is more precise, safer, and more efficient than conventional surgery, said Kendall Donaldson, MD, from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Plantation, Florida.

Conventional cataract surgery leaves a lot to be desired, she pointed out, because more than half of manual cataract surgeries leave a residual refractive error of more than half a diopter.

However, several studies have found little difference in visual acuity or complications between conventional and femtosecond laser-assisted surgery.

“We have to be careful what we promise our patients,” said Dr Donaldson, who presented study results here at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2015 Symposium.

Dr Donaldson and her colleagues retrospectively analyzed 621 eyes in 509 patients whose cataracts were treated with either conventional or femtosecond laser-assisted surgery at Bascom Palmer. Patients with toric lenses were excluded from the analysis.

Femtosecond surgery involved either the Catalys precision laser system (Abbott Medical Systems) or the LenSx laser system (Alcon).

Rates of refractive error were not statistically different in the three treatment groups.

Table 1. Refractive Outcomes in the Three Surgery Groups

Diopter Conventional, % Catalys, % LenSx, %
≤0.25 31 29 29
≤0.5 50 53 53
≤1.0 74 77 80


Fewer patients treated with conventional than with the laser surgery attained vision of at least 20/20 (62% vs 100%) or at least 20/40 (80% vs 98%), but the difference in best corrected visual acuity was not significantly different.

In a separate analysis of 74 eyes in 42 patients who received toric intraocular lenses for astigmatism, there was a trend toward the superiority of laser surgery over conventional surgery, but the difference was not significant.

Table 2. Refractive Outcomes in Patients With Toric Intraocular Lenses

Diopter Conventional, % Laser, %
≤0.25 38 59
≤0.5 71 79
≤0.75 71 84


Dr Donaldson concluded that it is still not clear whether femtosecond laser-assisted surgery is better than conventional surgery for cataracts.

“It’s great to see studies” comparing the two approaches, said session panelist Richard Davidson, MD, from the University of Colorado in Aurora.

However, these short-term studies do not give a complete picture. “They did not look at things like epithelial cell loss that can have a long-term effect,” he told Medscape Medical News.

Previous studies have shown less epithelial cell loss after laser surgery, he said, but lasers have only been in use for about 4 years. It could take 10 or 15 years to know whether such effects are clinically significant.

“It would be helpful to be able to tell patients, ‘Your vision may not be better, but we’ll probably save more cells in your cornea.’ That could be beneficial down the road,” said Dr Davidson.

Dr Donaldson has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr Davidson reports a financial relationship with Alcon.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2015 Symposium. Presented April 18, 2015.

7 Best Foods for Your Eyes

Extract from article…

We only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important to take good care of them. New research shows what you eat can affect your vision as you age. Add these seven foods into your diet to boost your eye health.

Eat Right to Improve Your Sight

The eyes are vascular, so a heart-healthy diet that’s low in trans and saturated fat is important to keep the blood vessels of the eyes healthy. Foods rich in antioxidants are also known to help protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans; as well as cataracts and other eye-related conditions. In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), subjects who supplemented their diet with Vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin E experienced about a 25% reduction in risk of developing serious ARMD. Here are seven foods help you see clearly.

Link to Full article at CookingLight.com



Minimally invasive vision correction

We have recently implemented ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS Sydney – The latest generation of laser eye surgery technology available. With faster treatment time using minimally invasive key-hole surgery, this latest technology allows our patients to get back to their lives more quickly.

Focus Owners/Directors Dr Smith & Dr Kearns helped pioneered laser eye surgery in Sydney and continue to use the best laser eye technology available for all patients, whatever your treatment requirements. With 30 years experience in eye surgery, the Focus Surgeons have sourced the latest and greatest combination of technology, for the safest possible medical outcomes and speed of recovery for patients.

ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS provides a more precise and sensitive treatment.

Read More about Our Technology… 


About the Laser…
Carl Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser
The specially developed laser system is used for the SMILE @ FOCUS ReLEx procedure. Used for Femto – LASIK surgery it has already impressed our patients and physicians alike with its sophisticated technology, precision and reliability.


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).

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 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