Whether your considering LASIK eye surgery or looking for a solution to a stubborn eye concern, Ophthalmologist, Dr Stephen Ohlrich offers a wide range of eye treatments from and is available for consults at the Rooms Bayside offices in Capalaba or his main office in Coorparoo.
Dr Stephen Ohlrich, of South East Queensland, is an Australian trained Ophthalmologist with over 20 years’ experience. He strives to provide a local comprehensive ophthalmology service and has been doing so since 1995.
His central workplace facility at Coorparoo, established by his father, Dr John Ohlrich in 1975, is equipped with extensive technology. Here are some of the common treatments offered by Dr Ohlrich:
This is a very common treatment needed for a variety of retinal disorders, including acute retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions.
The laser treatment is done in the consulting rooms and most often the eye is numbed with local anaesthetic drops and then a contact lens applied that focuses the laser on the appropriate area of the retina that needs treatment. During the treatment there are a series of flashing lights, which are bursts of laser, and these are delivered by the Surgeon to the troubled area. The number of shots of laser depends on the condition being treated.
One of the most common reasons for retinal laser is an acute retinal tear caused by the vitreous starting to move in the eye from the aging process. This can lead to a retinal tear and a retinal detachment. It is important to treat the retinal tear early, before it progresses to retinal detachment and the appropriate treatment for the tear is retinal laser to “spot weld” the area.
There can be some discomfort from the retinal laser, as it does generate heat in the eye and this discomfort will be managed by the Surgeon appropriately. The area that is lasered scars over 1-2 weeks after the laser, but this is a painless process.
SLT laser, or selective laser trabeculoplasty, is a type of laser treatment that decreases the intraocular pressure in patients who have glaucoma. It is generally used in people who are not getting adequate decreased pressure in their eye from drops alone.
The laser stimulates the part of the eye (trabecular meshwork) through which the ocular fluid drains out of the eye. This results in better drainage and decreased intraocular pressure in the eye.
The laser is done in the consulting rooms under local anaesthetic drops. A contact lens is applied to the eye and this contact lens allows focusing of the laser on the appropriate area that needs treatment. The treatment is painless. The patient does not notice any change in their eye, but over time the treatment should bring down the intraocular pressure when it is measured.
The treatment does often need to be repeated, as it does wear off over months.
Cataract surgery is a very common procedure. At the time the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens is placed in the bag that surrounds the cataract. Over time this bag, that is a naturally occurring part of the eye, can become cloudy and it can feel to the patient like the cataract is growing back. Although cataracts never grow back, this blurring of vision from the clouding of the bag can occur over time after cataract surgery and is very effectively treated with a YAG laser capsulotomy.
The procedure is done in the rooms with local anaesthetic eye drops to numb the surface of the eye and a contact lens is applied to the eye in order to focus the laser on the bag capsule which is cloudy. The laser clears away the bag cloudiness and this allows the light to pass through the clear intraocular lens unimpeded again.
YAG laser capsulotomy is a painless procedure and is only necessary in some patients after they have had cataract surgery, as the bag cloudiness does not occur in everyone.