Laser eye surgery is considered discretionary surgery and therefore does not attract any Medicare rebates, unless it is used to treat certain eye diseases. There are, however, a limited number of health funds that will cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery. Listed below are some of the health funds that offer their members a rebate for laser eye surgery. This information is accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change by the individual health funds, so it is always worth contacting your health fund to check if you are eligible for any rebates.

Health Fund Cover type Procedures Waiting period Covered
BUPA Ultimate Hospital and Ultimate Extras Cover LASIK, PRK & SMILE 12 months for current members, 36 months for new members after July 1 2018 Full cost of surgery
Medibank Private Ultra Health Cover LASIK, PRK and LASEK 36 months Up to $3500
Defence Health Top Extras LASIK and PRK 12 months Up to $1000 per person
AHM Lifestyle Extras and Super Extra Laser eye surgery 24 months $600 per eye under Lifestyle Extras and $900 per eye under Super Extras
HBF Ultimate Cover (available to members in WA only) LASIK, PRK and ICL 12 months Full cost of surgery

Your surgery fee includes:

  • All postoperative aftercare appointments with Dr Goh for 12 months.
  • All tests and investigations carried out within the first year of surgery.
  • Any enhancements required within the first year of surgery.

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

We understand that the cost of laser eye surgery can be a significant upfront cost for many. If cost is an issue, please speak to one of our staff members for interest-free finance options.

A referral is not necessary for your initial LASIK assessment. You will need a valid referral to claim a Medicare rebate for your consultation with Dr Goh. 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.

We understand that undergoing laser eye surgery can be an anxious time for some patients and having access to a helpline is an important factor when considering laser eye surgery. All patients having surgery with Dr Goh will be given a detailed postoperative aftercare information sheet which will contain Dr Goh’s personal mobile number to contact should you have any concerns at any stage after your surgery. All emergency numbers will also be listed.

We also operate an open-door policy, wherein if there are any concerns outside of your routine visits, Dr Goh would be very happy to see you in the rooms at no extra cost. Just give us a call; we would rather hear from you than have you worry.

If you wear contact lenses, please leave them out for at least a week for soft lenses and 2 weeks for soft toric and rigid gas permeable lenses. The reason for this is that contact lenses alter the curvature of your cornea. Removing your lenses allows your cornea to assume its normal shape and allows us to take accurate measurements of your eye.

Please bring your current glasses with you and records of previous spectacle prescriptions over the last 1 year, or longer if available, which can be obtained from your optometrist.

Dr Goh performs laser eye surgery at the Manningham Private Hospital in Templestowe Lower. This facility is fully accredited, which means if you have the appropriate level of cover, your health fund will be able to offer rebates for surgery performed in this facility. See FAQ 1.

Your LASIK surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at the Manningham Private Hospital. The LASIK procedure itself takes approximately 15 mins for each eye but you should expect to stay for at least 2 hours to allow for pre and post-operative examination and counselling.

The procedure is performed with local anaesthetic eye drops and you may request for an oral sedative if required. You will lie comfortably on a bed and Dr Goh will talk you through each step of the procedure.

We recommend that you have someone to drive you home as your vision will be blurry.

Your eyelid will be held open by an eyelid clip so you won’t have to worry about blinking. This can be slightly uncomfortable initially, but you will soon forget about it and you may think you are blinking normally even though your eyelids are held open.

The laser has iris recognition and active eye-tracking systems that closely follow and compensate for any eye movement throughout the procedure to ensure precise and accurate placement of the laser treatment. Even though it follows every smallest movement of the eye, it is important to try and keep as still as possible and maintain fixation at the green flashing light to stay on track.

If you do make a large enough eye movement, the laser detects this and automatically cuts out. Treatment can be safely resumed once your eye is brought back into position.

Laser eye surgery alters the shape of the cornea to improve the focus of your eye for distance vision, whereas presbyopia occurs due to natural age-related changes in the lens of the eye. Therefore, laser eye surgery does not treat presbyopia. If you are presbyopic and wish to have laser eye surgery to correct your distance vision, Dr Goh will advise you of options to increase your spectacle independence.