ICL for vision correction is considered discretionary surgery and is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

In some instances however, ICL surgery may be covered by Medicare and your health fund when used in the treatment of certain eye conditions. At your consultation Dr Goh will advise if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate.

The cost varies according to your spectacle prescription as the ICL implants are more expensive the higher your prescription is. In general, the approximate cost is $4000-$5000 per eye.

We accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card, cash, direct bank deposit or bank cheques.

A referral is required for you to claim a Medicare rebate for your consultation. A referral can be obtained from your optometrist, General Practitioner, or another ophthalmologist. A referral from your optometrist with a record of your last spectacle prescription is very helpful in determining the stability of your refraction in the last 12 months and helps us understand any concerns you may have regarding your eyes and vision. Having a referral from your GP or optometrist also allows Dr Goh to have a dialogue with your health care practitioners as we value their input in your care.

Dr Goh performs ICL surgery at the Manningham Private Hospital in Templestowe Lower.

ICLs can correct up to -18.0D of myopia (short-sightedness), +10D of hyperopia (long-sightedness) and up to +6.0D of astigmatism.

No. The ICL is positioned behind the iris (the coloured part of your eye), where it is invisible to both you and others. Only your eye care practitioner will be able to tell that vision correction has taken place.

The ICL is not usually noticeable after it is implanted. It does not attach to any structures within the eye and does not move around once in place.

Visual recovery is very quick with ICL surgery and most patients are able to achieve excellent unaided vision by the following day.

ICL surgery is usually performed one eye at a time. The second eye is typically done within the same week, and therefore we advise that you take a week off work.

ICLs are a very good and safe alternative for patients who are not suitable for laser eye surgery. Safety is our number one priority, and if you are found not to be suitable for laser eye surgery, ICL may be an option for you if you meet the criteria for the implantation of these lenses.

ICLs are designed to be permanent; however it has the advantage of being a reversible procedure as well. Once implanted, the lens remains in the eye indefinitely until it needs to be removed, usually at the time when a cataract develops, later in life.