Vision Eye Institute which had padlocks on its gates yesterday afternoon. Photo: Lea Emery eye0503a
Vision Eye Institute which had padlocks on its gates yesterday afternoon. Photo: Lea Emery eye0503a

Eye future unclear

BUNDABERG region residents seeking eye surgery may soon face limited choice after rumours Vision Eye Institute may be closing the doors of its Bundaberg office.

Vision Eye Institute is currently one of two practices that provide ophthalmology services in Bundaberg.

Queensland Eye Specialists ophthalmologist Jai Panehapakesan said he did not know what was happening with the competing surgery.

However, he did say if the clinic closed its doors, Queensland Eye Specialists would be able to treat those needing emergency care.

“We’ll make extra time for them. We’ve always provided same-day urgent care,” he said.

Dr Panehapakesan said if Vision Eye Institute had closed, it would just mean his surgery would be busier.

“There have been periods when they haven’t had a doctor and we have coped then,” he said.

On Friday the NewsMail repeatedly phoned Vision Eye Institute’s head office in Melbourne, but was unable to speak to anyone for a comment.

Calls to the Bundaberg office were met with a message stating the hours of the clinic were from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with a break between noon and 1pm for lunch.

When the NewsMail visited the Branyan Street clinic yesterday, the gate was padlocked and the doors closed.



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