Urgent Referral - please call (refer below).
Online Referral - to refer to a specialist practicing out of one of our sites, complete the secure form on the right, and submit directly to Eye Surgery Associates (ESA).
Oculo - optometrists may submit a referral to one of the specialists working out of our premises via oculo.
Secure Electronic Messaging - ESA provides the specialists who practice from our premises with practice management software that communicates with Argus and HealthLink.
When referring a patient urgently to a specialist who practices from an Eye Surgery Associates site, please call one of our site locations directly. Mail or fax may be used for non-urgent referrals.
When you call the specialist's rooms, our reception staff will endeavor to book your patient in with an appropriate doctor in the time frame that you specify. If an appointment is not available due to fully booked consulting lists, the receptionist will liaise with an orthoptist or doctor to see if it is possible to overbook a session.
For after-hours urgent ophthalmic care, please direct your patient to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) Emergency Department. Patients seen urgently at RVEEH can return to a practitioner working out of an Eye Surgery Associates site for follow-up appointments.
Referring for an urgent retinal service: Associate Professor Andrew Symons offers an urgent retinal detachment surgical service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Kew. Please contact our rooms at East Melbourne on 03 9416 0695 or at Malvern 03 9509 4233 if your patient requires access to this urgent service.
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Specialists by Location
Review which of the specialists who partner with ESA consult at each of our locations:
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Specialised Orthoptist Led Clinics
ESA offers a specialised orthoptist service for new keratoconus patients. This service aims:
To reduce waiting list for a new patient to have a Keratoconus assessment.
To identify or triage how quickly patient should be seen by an ophthalmologist.
To minimise risk of further progression prior to initial consultation with an ophthalmologist.
To educate the patient about keratoconus and risk factors that may worsen their condition.
ESA's orthoptists follow a clinic testing protocol and use guidelines to ensure appropriate follow up with a corneal specialist is arranged. Collecting early baseline data allows for prompt treatment when indicated by the detection of progression.
ESA provides a specialised orthoptist service for cataract pre-operative assessment.
An ESA orthoptist spends 45 minutes with the patient to undertake all the investigations required prior to cataract surgery, supported by the A-scan and IOL selection protocol. A standard assessment includes A-scan using the IOL master 700, Corneal topography and OCT.
The assessment aims to:
Improve the detection of disorders or diseases which are likely to impact the patient's cataract surgery outcome.
To assist with patient education on cataracts and cataract surgery, including aims/desired outcomes, and to provide an opportunity for further questions.
To provide a more thorough initial assessment including appropriate further calculations/analysis of results to reduce the need for patients to return for further testing.
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