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After 2 years of virtual meetings, it was wonderful to be back in person at the annual AUSCRS conference – this time in beautiful Noosa!

VISTAeyes’ Dr Rick Wolfe co-founded the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS), together with Prof Graham Barrett in 1995 – and this year, AUSCRS celebrated its 25th year!

Attended by almost 500 delegates, including surgeons and support staff from Australia, New Zealand, US, Europe, Asia etc, the theme this year was “The Circle of Life”.

Our team again took part in this important event, held 3-7 August, expanding our knowledge and expertise in the ever-evolving field of cataract and refractive surgery.

At VISTAeyes Laser Eye Clinic, we are proud to be at the forefront of new technology and advances in eye surgery, both internationally and in Australia, to provide our patients with the highest standards available.

The AUSCRS 2022 Gold Medal Lecture was presented by Dr Kerry Solomon on the topic of “The evolution of smart software for cataract surgery”

Dr Rick Wolfe hosts the FOCUS Symposium in Brisbane


Dr Rick Wolfe was recently invited to host and lead discussions at the Alcon FOCUS Symposium in Brisbane.  FOCUS is an annual event, where cataract surgeons are brought together to have a robust, clinical discussion on achieving best outcomes for patients.  Attended by over 60 ophthalmologists and industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand, Dr Wolfe hosted sessions, introduced speakers and led panel discussions.  This important educational event explored a number of topics, including implanting AcrySof IQ PanOptix (trifocal lens) and AcrySof IQ Vivity (extended range of vision lens) IOLs and achieving best possible patient outcomes.  

At Peninsula Eye Centre (Mornington) and VISTAeyes Laser Eye Clinic (Elsternwick), we are proud to be at the forefront of new technology and latest advances in Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) in cataract surgery, to provide our patients with the highest standards available.

June is Cataract Awareness Month

About half of all Australians aged over 50 have some form of cataract, and by the age of 80, almost everyone develops cataracts.  Globally, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness.  Whilst, genetics, sunlight exposure, smoking, diabetes and other factors may influence the development of cataracts, ageing is the most common cause.

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Proteins in your lens break down and cause images to look blurry, hazy or less colourful.  This cloudiness prevents light from reaching the retina and distorts the formation of clear images.  Cataracts are a condition which is usually associated with ageing.

Cataract Symptoms

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy, foggy or fuzzy vision in the distance or when reading
  • Distortion of colours (e.g. bright colours become dull)
  • Difficultly driving, especially at night
  • Sensitivity to bright sunlight or glare
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescription (e.g. becoming more short-sighted)

Usually those who have developed cataracts find that their glasses start to become less useful and don’t provide the clear vision that they once did.  Changes to the prescription of the glasses doesn’t seem to help much or at all.

Cataract Causes

Ageing is the most common cause. This is due to normal eye changes that begin to happen after age 40. That is when normal proteins in the lens start to break down and what causes the lens to get cloudy.

Other reasons you may get cataracts include:

  • genetics
  • sunlight exposure
  • smoking
  • some medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • eye injury, eye surgery, or radiation treatments
  • some medications, such as corticosteroids

Most age-related cataracts develop gradually. Other cataracts can develop more quickly, such as those in younger people or those in people with diabetes. Doctors cannot predict how quickly a person’s cataract will develop.

Cataract Treatments

If your cataract symptoms are not bothering you very much, you don’t have to remove a cataract. You might just need a new eyeglass prescription to help you see better. You should consider surgery when cataracts keep you from doing things you want or need to do.

Cataracts can only be removed with surgery.

During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will remove your eye’s cloudy natural lens and will replace it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (or IOL). When you decide to have cataract surgery, your surgeon will talk with you about IOLs and how they work.

Cataract surgery is one of the oldest and most common procedures performed worldwide. Alongside advancements in cataract surgical techniques, there have been significant improvements in IOL replacement technology.  Modern cataract surgery offered at Peninsula Eye Centre and VISTAeyes Laser Eye Clinic can reduce your dependence on glasses and can, in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life.

As with any surgery, eye surgery carries risks of possible complications and side-effects.

Please note, you will need a current referral from your optometrist or GP for cataract assessment at Peninsula Eye Centre or VISTAeyes Laser Eye Clinic.



Peninsula Eye Centre and Beleura Private Hospital host GP Education Evening “Eye Liner – GP Ophthalmology”

Peninsula Eye Centre and Beleura Private Hospital recently hosted an educational evening for local GPs titled “Eye Liner”.  The CPD accredited event included presentations from ophthalmologists Dr Rick Wolfe, Dr Zelda Pick and Dr Justin Sherwin.

Presentations and discussions covered the following topics:

  • Irritated Eyes – blepharitis and dry eye – Dr Rick Wolfe, Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon
  • Oculoplastics case studies – eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disease – Dr Zelda Pick, Ophthalmologist and Sub-Speciality Oculoplastic Surgeon
  • Drugs and the eye – Dr Justin Sherwin, Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma Specialist

Thank you to all our guest GPs for participating in this valuable evening of interactive learning and discussion.

Dr Rick Wolfe compares the Australian Dry Eye Summit in Sydney

Dr Rick Wolfe was recently invited to compare and lead discussion at the Australian Dry Eye Summit held in Sydney.

Attended by over 100 ophthalmologists and optometrists, the educational event explored the topic of Dry Eye Disease (DED), the importance of treating the root cause of DED and included a live demonstration of OptiLight technology for the treatment of DED.

The event included presentations from three dry eye experts —including the expert on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, Dr Rolando Toyos from the USA.  A pioneer in the use of IPL technology to treat DED, Dr Toyos spoke about his extensive experience in the field and shared his latest research findings.

Melissa Doyle, the awarded Australian journalist, TV presenter and radio host, and official ambassador for OptiLight in Australia and New Zealand also spoke of her journey with DED.

At VISTAeyes Laser Eye Clinic, where Dr Wolfe performs refractive surgery, we identify any DED during your initial consultation for laser eye surgery and treat your specific condition prior to your surgery, for the best outcome.  We will recommend the most appropriate DED treatment to prepare your eyes for surgery, including IPL treatment, if suitable – it’s all part of our personalised, patient-centred care.

Melissa Doyle speaking about her journey with Dry Eye Disease (DED)

Dr Rick Wolfe and Dr Rolando Toyos