What to expect as a patient of QEI Laser

Our rigorous assessment process is vital to ensure your safety.  This process can take time!  Please plan to be at the clinic for between 1-2 hours for your initial appointment to ensure we have the time to fully assess your individual needs. 

What to bring to your appointment:

  1. Your current glasses and any older pairs that you may have.

  2. Your referral.

  3. Sunglasses – it will be very glary when you leave with your pupils dilated.

  4. A driver – your pupils will almost definitely be dilated so your vision will be blurred for a few hours and you will not be able to drive.

Dr David Gunn, Ophthalmologist at Queensland Eye Institute Brisbane.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral? +

Yes, most of the time. It helps you and it helps us.

If you are coming for an opinion on laser for a disease such as corneal scarring then you need a valid referral from an optometrist or GP to receive a Medicare rebate.

If you are coming for an assessment for refractive laser to get out of glasses, then no Medicare rebates apply but if we have a summary of your old glasses or contact lens prescriptions then it makes the process quicker and easier for everyone.

Do I need to take my contact lenses out beforehand? +

Yes. If you wear soft contact lenses please remove then 1 week prior to your assessment. Hard contact lenses vary in how long you need them out for if you need them out at all. If you wear hard contact lenses because you can’t wear soft ones, then just keep wearing them until your appointment.

Can I have laser eye surgery if I am pregnant? +


Do my scripts need to be stable? +

Yes. Your glasses script needs to be stable for 2 years before considering laser surgery.

Is there an age limit? +

For PRK/ASA (refractive) you must be 18 years of age minimum, preferably 20.

For therapeutic procedures there is no age limit.

What if I need further treatment? +

For PRK / ASA procedures all of your post operative care, including any further treatment required will be covered by your surgical fee.

Do you offer free assessments? +


For refractive assessments a $200 fee applies.

For therapeutic assessments the usual consultation fee and investigation fees charged by our surgeons apply. Please ask our receptionists for further information.