Now taking ophthalmology referrals from Optometrists and General Practitioners for vision correction consultations and surgery planning.
Utilising premium lenses, the latest equipment and advanced techniques to ensure patients have the best experience and outcomes.
A Wealth of Experience
With over 30 years experience in ophthalmology and a passion for achieving the best results for patients with cataracts, presbyopia and other vision conditions.
Dedicated Team and Practice
Patrick’s close knit support team are experienced, knowledgable and passionate not only about perfect vision, but more importantly, patient care.
The latest technology, premium lens implants and most advanced techniques combine for best-in-class vision correction surgery and recovery.
Used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses, using premium lenses.
When the natural lens hardens and loses elasticity, it loses ability to focus on objects at any distance. It can be corrected with Refractive Surgery.
Lens Implant Surgery
The natural lens is surgically removed and replaced with a synthetic, artificial lens for supreme focusing power.
A bladeless, one-step, one-laser, minimally invasive procedure that offers fast recovery.
Replacement of the eye’s natural opacified lens with a new, intraocular lens.
Laser Vision Correction
Refractive surgery for the correction of conditions including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
The Dr Versace and his team takes pride in ensuring a welcoming experience for all patients, from booking the initial appointment to surgery aftercare.
Dr Patrick Versace
With over 30 years’ experience in Ophthalmology, Dr Versace is a leader in ophthalmic surgery in Sydney, Australia. Specialising in cataract and refractive surgery, Dr Versace uses a personalised, empathetic approach, recognising each patient is unique. Dr Versace is committed to using the most technologically advanced techniques to ensure the best possible patient experience and outcomes.
Thinking about Laser Vision Correction or preparing for your upcoming consultation? Here’s what to expect with Dr Versace.
What to expect from your first consultation through to correcting your vision.
With the possibility of a simple, quick procedure, performed on-site in a state-of-the-art treatment room in our practice, laser eye surgery is an appealing treatment for improved vision.
At your initial consultation you’ll meet Dr Versace, who will guide you through a personalised eye exam and your bespoke treatment options. You’ll be provided all the relevant information to make an informed decision about your treatment.
If you choose to go ahead with surgery, your procedure will be booked and we’ll ensure you’re well-prepared. In the days following your procedure, during your recovery, you’ll return to the practice for your post-operative consultation for care and guidance.
If you’ve been told you need cataract surgery, it’s important to be informed on how to proceed.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataract, and it’s affecting your vision, surgery is a viable option, especially if your glasses don’t seem to be able to fix the problem. While cataracts advance slowly, they can lead to blindness, and it is much preferred to perform surgery early, before the cataract is advanced.
Your decision to proceed with surgery will likely depend upon one question, which Dr Versace will always ask:
“Are you bothered enough by your vision now that you would like it to improve?”
If your answer is ‘yes’, it’s time to book your surgery. Cataract surgery requires replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one, made from plastic. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, in a day surgery specialising in cataract treatment. The procedure is quick and often no sedation or sutures are required.
Along with choosing whether to have cataract surgery, you’ll also need to consider your surgeon, what type of lens to implant and the cost.
While all ophthalmologists are trained in cataract surgery, some specialise in vision restoration, and focus on the results of surgery being no longer needing glasses, rather than simply fixing the cataract. Implanting a multifocal lens, rather than a standard monofocal lens, increases the chance of living spectacle-free following your cataract surgery.
With a variety of ways to perform cataract surgery, there are also a variety of pricing options. In Australia, under Medicare, cataract surgery can be performed in a public hospital, however public patients can experience long wait times and often are not given the option of how the procedure is completed, what implant will be used and who the surgeon is.
Dr Versace performs premium cataract surgery in a private setting, at a time suitable to you. While Medicare and Private Health Insurance contribute to the cost, there is often an out-of-pocket expense, which, if applicable, will be documented prior to your surgery.
With almost 250,000 cataract surgeries performed every year in Australia and New Zealand, lens implantation to replace cataract is a highly common, highly successful procedure.
Usually taking only 15 minutes, and performed under local anaesthetic – administered by eye drops – most patients experience rapid visual recovery.
Complications following cataract surgery are rare, howeve3r when experienced, they must be attended to immediately.
Cataract surgery aftercare begins immediately following your cataract surgery, when Dr Versace places a clear, plastic shield over the eye to protect it. While you’re able to see, your vision will not be clear until the next day. Many patients experience mild irritation following cataract surgery, including the eye being ‘watery’, ‘scratchy’ or ‘warm’. Paracetamol is recommended, and if discomfort is anything more than mild, or pain persists with paracetamol, you should consult your doctor.
Directly following your eye surgery, it is important to rest. While not necessary, we recommend keeping the eyes closed for the first few hours, however gentle movement, like walking, is acceptable.
If anaesthetic drops are used, you’ll notice immediate vision following your surgery, however it won’t be clear. If it remains unclear after 24 hours, it is important to consider what other issues may be affecting your vision. If you notice increasing redness, pain or loss of vision, contact your doctor immediately.
Most patients experience a smooth recovery from cataract surgery. The plastic shield can be removed the next day, however some people prefer to continue to apply it at night, to protect from inadvertent eye-rubbing.
Dry Eye is a common side effect, and lubricating eye drops are recommended. If a monofocal lens has been used and you require glasses, these can be prescribed usually two weeks after surgery, when healing is stable. During this time you can continue to wear previous or temporary reading glasses, until you’re ready to visit your optometrist.
At around three months after surgery 20 percent of patients will need laser treatment – YAG laser capsulotomy – to clear scar tissue from behind the lens implant. This is a fast, painless, one-time procedure that will sharpen vision.
While it is impossible for a cataract to come back, we stay in touch with all our patients to ensure they’re satisfied with their surgery outcome and enjoying their corrected vision. Rarely, further surgery may be needed to adjust or change the implanted lens, but in the vast majority of cases, patients simply return to their optometrist for their usual ongoing eye care.
Vision is a precious sense and Dr Patrick Versace derives great satisfaction from restoring and transforming sight in his patients.
Operating at the forefront of ophthalmic technology and research, Dr Versace recently worked with a premium lens manufacturing and design company in Germany.
With over 30 years’ experience in ophthalmology, Dr Versace operates in distinct ophthalmic specialties, including laser vision correction, refractive surgery, presbyopia correction and cataract surgery, which allows him and his team to offer dedicated care, while keeping educated and informed on the latest ophthalmic surgical techniques, equipment and materials.
Dr Versace offers premium lens implants and operates using the most modern techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. He is passionate about patient care and comfort and is determined that his patients receive the best possible outcomes for their vision and eye health.
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