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Moreton Eye Group is a community ophthalmic resource for North Brisbane

Moreton Eye Group has provided high quality eye care to North Brisbane for more than 30 years. As an established practice, it is deeply embedded within the local community and provides a full range of services over a wide area from northern metropolitan Brisbane up to the Sunshine Coast and inland to Kilcoy and the Somerset region.

There are clinics in Caboolture, Redcliffe and North Lakes and an eye hospital with a full ophthalmic operating theatre in Redcliffe. Moreton Eye Group works closely with other local healthcare providers and provides assistance to local general practitioners and emergency departments whenever it can.

Dr Graham Hay-Smith and his wife Peggy Ekeledo-Smith run the family-owned practice. Before moving to Brisbane, Dr Hay-Smith was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in the NHS with a special interest in uveitis and inflammatory eye diseases. Helping remote and disadvantaged communities access eye care has long been an interest of Dr Hay-Smith. He was a clinical research fellow at the renowned Institute of Ophthalmology (part of University College London) in the department of epidemiology and international eye health and ran a large epidemiology project in Ghana.

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Helping remote and disadvantaged communities access eye care has long been an interest of Dr Hay-Smith

In Australia, he has turned his hand to providing services to the Indigenous community in Morayfield and, along with Dr Gurmit Uppal and other orthoptists, continues to provide an Indigenous community service in Mt Isa as part of the IDEAS van initiative to bring quality diabetic eye care to all. In North Brisbane, the Moreton Eye Group offers a full range of ophthalmology services that provide exceptional, modern and innovative patient care.

Most of the doctors have deep sub-specialist knowledge of key areas such as cataract surgery, age-related macular degeneration, vitreo-retinal surgery, retinal detachment surgery, medical retina, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, uveitis and infectious diseases, oculoplastic surgery, pterygium and cornea, as well as general ophthalmology, paediatrics, the medical use of botulinum toxin, and emergency services.

The group has recently expanded its range of services. In particular, the appointment of a new vitreo-retinal surgeon, Dr Uppal, who also trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, has brought the full range of retinal surgery to the Moreton Bay region and greatly enhanced the retinal care available in the area. Key equipment has been updated with a new vitrectomy suite, cataract phacoemulsification machine and operating microscope. These formed part of an extensive upgrade to the operating theatre. Clinics have benefitted from new spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCTs) and ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography and imaging.

Treatment of macular diseases is now taking place in Caboolture where intravitreal injections are done under HEPA filtered air in near theatre conditions using a cataract theatre in the Caboolture Eye Surgery centre that was made redundant when the purposefitted day hospital opened in Redcliffe, Peninsula Eye Hospital. This has made it far easier for local community transport to bring patients for injections. Reducing both travel time and the financial burden of ongoing treatment can be of great importance for pensioners who often, by definition, have poor vision and often can no longer drive.

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