One of South Sydney's leading private eye-care providers has not only moved location – it is also moving with the times to ensure the diverse local community has access to the latest treatment techniques.
Vision Eye Institute Hurstville, established more than 30 years ago, has found a new state-of-the-art home where it can offer a comprehensive ophthalmology consulting practice, a laser-vision correction suite and a fully-equipped on-site day surgery.
“We have some of the best surgeons in the world on our doorstep, combined with the latest technology at the new premises,” said Dr Tess Huynh, a cataract, refractive and corneal surgeon at the clinic, now based in the East Quarter Development on Forest Road.
There is also a new addition to the team of experts at Hurstville, whose surgeons have performed more than 45,000 eye operations since it started out as one of the first ophthalmic day surgeries in Australia.
Dr Patrick Versace, a laser eye surgeon who has practised at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction for more than 20 years, will be working alongside Dr Huynh in one of the nine consulting rooms.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the clinic at such an exciting time,” Dr Versace said. “With the new facility, patients in Sydney’s south now have local access to a laser suite with the latest technology.”
Hurstville's specialists not only cater for a wide range of eye conditions – including cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal and corneal issues – but also reflect the changing demographics of the local suburbs.
“The area has certainly changed a lot in recent years. Many of our patients are from a non-English-speaking background and certain ethnicities face specific eye issues,” said Dr Huynh, who speaks Vietnamese and does charity work in the Southeast Asian nation as well as neighbouring Cambodia and the Philippines.
Her colleague Dr Jason Cheng, a glaucoma specialist, speaks fluent Cantonese and basic Mandarin, while the team's new clinical optometrist Tony Teng is also a Mandarin speaker.
“Many of my Chinese patients who are fluent in English still prefer to have their consultation in their mother tongue as it puts them at ease,” Dr Cheng said.
“Our local Hurstville area has a large Asian population, and angle-closure glaucoma is much more common in this population – especially in elderly Asian women. Although this condition is less common than the open-angle form of glaucoma, it is more likely to cause blindness,” he said.
For more information about Hurstville's opthalmic services, which include on-site glaucoma testing, visit the Vision Eye Institute website.