The Vision Eye Institute (VEI) has opened a new clinic on the New South Wales Central Coast, taking its total network to 28 practices.
Australia’s largest private provider of ophthalmic care announced this month it had opened the new Tuggerah Lakes clinic under experienced Sydney ophthalmologist Dr Rushmia Karim who specialises in children’s eye health and has a special interest in neuro-ophthalmology.
The clinic is VEI’s eighth in NSW, and joins a network with 12 clinics in Victoria, seven in Queensland and one in Adelaide, South Australia.
VEI Tuggerah Lakes is located in the Kanwal Medical Complex (within the Wyong Public Hospital medical precinct). It includes a paediatric service and is equipped for ophthalmic consultations, diagnostic testing and minor procedures, while surgical procedures are performed across the road at Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital.
Karim, the lead ophthalmologist, is an Australian-trained doctor, who gained her ophthalmology qualifications in the UK and has over a decade of specialist experience
She is also a skilled surgeon, performing cataract, lens and strabismus (squint) surgery in both adults and children. She also diagnoses and treats other eye conditions, including diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, pterygium and dry eye. The clinic also offers vision correction assessments to assess patients’ suitability for laser eye surgery, as well as diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and nerve-related vision problems.
Karim undertook her ophthalmic training at the highly regarded London ophthalmology vocational program, including Moorfields Eye Hospital. She also completed the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital fellowship program in paediatrics and squint surgery. Prior to her return to Sydney, she was the head of the Paediatric Eye Service at the distinguished Prince Charles Eye Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust, Reading, UK.