Care for your eye health with ocular surface disease treatment in Brisbane

Discover how these personalised treatments aim to give you the best chance of regaining good visual function


Move forward with your life

Learn what options are available for ocular surface disease

Look after your window to the world

The cornea is the clear front layer of the eye that serves as an important protective barrier. Our goal is to help you keep it healthy.

Refocus on what matters

Ocular surface disease can cause significant discomfort and vision problems. Treatment aims to reduce these symptoms so you can enjoy life without distraction. 

Feel fantastic

Our treatment options can help ease the difficulties you’re experiencing day-to-day due to ocular surface disease.

Improve your life

Discover how treatment for ocular surface disease can improve your quality of life.

Restore your window to the world

The cornea is the clear front layer of the eye that serves as a protective barrier. Learn what can be done to help optimise the health of your cornea.

Recover you happiness

Ocular surface disease can cause significant discomfort and blurred vision. Treatment is available to reduce these symptoms.

Refocus on what matters

See how treatment of ocular surface disease can improve your quality of life.

Renew your life

There are options to help you with the difficulties you are having with your day-to-day life due to ocular surface disease.

Leading the way in expert eyecare

The OKKO Eye Specialist Centre team is highly experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a comprehensive range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular diseases

Take the first step to get more clarity from your vision and confidence in your life

Book a consultation, and one of our Brisbane eye experts will guide you towards the very best treatment for your eyes so you can get the results you’re looking for

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Useful information about ocular surface disease treatment

Ocular surface disease treatment suitability criteria

The cornea can recover from minor injuries on its own. If it is scratched superficially, healthy cells slide over quickly and patch the injury before it causes infection or affects vision. But if a scratch causes a deep injury to the cornea, or if a patient’s immune system is not working as it should due to other disease, it will take longer to heal. This sort of injury often causes pain, blurred vision, tearing, redness, and extreme sensitivity to light. People with these symptoms need professional treatment.

How ocular surface disease treatment works

We can treat many corneal conditions with prescription eye drops or medication. If you have advanced corneal disease, you may need a different treatment such as laser, surgery or artificial cornea implantation.

Advantages and disadvantages

Every treatment has its advantages and disadvantages. However, we can manage corneal surface disorders effectively, provided we choose the approach and therapy carefully, based on discussions with our patients, the functional effects observed, and their severity.

Ocular surface disease treatment risks

If bacteria get into the corneal tissue under the protective corneal epithelium, infection or a corneal ulcer can result. These complications can be very serious and cause loss of vision. Proper care and commencing treatment regimes as prescribed by your ophthalmologist are necessary to help prevent serious consequences.

Options and alternatives

Other treatments include: 

Laser: To treat some corneal disorders, we can use a type of laser treatment called phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) to reshape the cornea, remove scar tissue, and make vision clearer.

Corneal transplant surgery: If we cannot repair the damage to your cornea, we can remove the damaged part and replace it with healthy corneal tissue from a donor.

Artificial cornea: As an alternative to corneal transplant, we can replace a damaged cornea with an artificial cornea, called a keratoprosthesis (KPro).

Ocular surface disease treatment steps

We will talk you through the treatment steps and options once we have devised a personalised treatment plan for you.

Ocular surface disease treatment results

Depending on the type and severity of ocular surface disease, most patients regain good visual function and suffer no permanent eye damage with treatment.1Hon Shing Ong, J., 2021. Managing ocular surface disease: a common-sense approach. [online] PubMed Central (PMC). Available at: <> [Accessed 24 June 2021].

Deep scratches on the cornea or chronic, untreated ocular surface disease can cause infections, scars, and other problems that can lead to long-term vision problems.

Report any unusual symptoms, including a return of pain after treatment, to your eye doctor.

How to get help from our team of eye experts

Get the expert eye treatment you need in 3 easy steps

Step 1 – Reach out

Give us a call on: 3725 0222 and we’ll guide you towards an initial consultation.

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Step 2 – We’ll meet

During your initial consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and examination to make an accurate assessment of the issue at hand.

Step 3 – Your vitality restored

We will treat you at one of our state-of-the-art Brisbane eye clinic facilities, with the aim of giving you the optimism and confidence to re-engage with life. 

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Our expertise has helped thousands of Queenlanders rejuvenate their eyes

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We’ve got you covered, OKKO is pleased to work with all the insurers below:
  • Australian Unity

  • ACA

  • CBHS

  • CBHS Corporate

  • CDH

  • CUA Health

  • Doctors’ Health

  • Emergency Services


  • GU Health Corporate

  • HBF

  • HCI

  • Health Partners


  • HIF

  • Latrobe

  • MDHF

  • MO Health

  • Navy Health

  • Nurses and Midwives

  • Onemedifund

  • Peoplecare

  • Phoenix

  • Police

  • QCH

  • Reserve Bank

  • RT Health Fund

  • St Lukes

  • Teachers Health

  • Teachers Health

  • Westfund


We’ve got you covered! We are registered with all the major insurers in Australia.
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Links to authoritative resources on ocular surface disease treatment

Learn more about your corneal condition and when to see a doctor. Click here to find out more.

Recognition and treatment of ocular surface disease in glaucoma patients may improve patient quality of life and medication adherence. Click here to find out more.

Our Brisbane eye specialists

We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible eye health and vision outcomes

Dr Nick Toalster, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am an ophthalmologist with advanced training in cataract, corneal and glaucoma microsurgeries. As both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, I am particularly well placed to lead the emerging field of eye disease management.

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Dr. Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

I am a specialist ophthalmic microsurgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist, and cataract surgeon. With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve precise results with the aim of helping patients regain their confidence and youthful energy.

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Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am a specialist in glaucoma, cornea & external diseases and cataract surgery. I am passionate about assisting my patients to achieve their full visual potential. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to restore sight and to improve people’s quality of life.

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