Dear Patients and Referrers

We sincerely hope that during this challenging time, you and your family are staying healthy and taking all the necessary precautions to look after yourself and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

During this time The Eye Health Centre will remain open as it is important to us that you have our Eye Specialists available to maintain your Eye Health.

If you have sustained an eye injury, eye emergency, have something in your eye (a foreign body in your eye), sore eyes, you are experiencing post operative pain or have any eye complaint or concern.

Please call us today to discuss your condition at which ever practice is most convenient for you.

Brisbane City 07 3831 8606

Aspley 07 3863 1097

Booval  07 3282 4396

We ask that you adhere to our strict Health and Safety requirements at this time as your well being and our teams well being is our priority.

Please Stay Safe and Healthy

The Eye Health Centre Team


The Eye Health Centre Important Information – COVID-19

Dear Patients and Referral Partners

It is important that we communicate with you that The Eye Health Centre is a Specialist Medical Practice & therefore your Vision is our priority.  We remain open for your scheduled appointments and surgeries adhering to all our Government Health Guidelines.

Please refrain form attending your appointment if you have:

  1. Tested positive for Covid-19
  2. Been in contact with anyone who has been in contact with Covid-19
  3. Been overseas recently
  4. Been in contact with anyone who has been overseas recently
  5. Have a sore throat, cough, fever or flu like symptoms

When you visit our practice please adhere to the instructions as per the signage provided.

If you cannot attend or have any questions please call us and let us know 07 3831 8606, ask about our Telehealth consultations with our Doctors.

Keep healthy and lets together stop the spread.

Education Event for Optometrists

The Eye Health Centre provides exceptional clinical education to our local optometrists.

Dr Andrew Apel and Dr John Hogden represented The Eye Health Centre at The Queensland Eye Hospital Education Day, on 23rd February at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane City.

Dr John Hogden, enjoyed presenting to our local Optometrists in his special interest of Cornea’s, by discussing the topic –  Changing trends in Refractive Surgery.  Dr Andrew Apel said it was an honour to lead the panel discussion regarding Cataract Lens Refractive Surgery.

The feedback from the Optometrists who attended this event was very positive and they found the event to be very beneficial to their extended education.The Eye Health Centre - Education Event for Optometrists

Thank you to all who attended & The Queensland Eye Hospital for inviting us to participate.

New Practice Open Aspley

The Eye Health Centre Aspley

Book now!

We are excited to announce that Dr John Hogden has opened his own rooms, conveniently located at 7/1344 Gympie Road Aspley.  Dr John Hogden is an Ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in corneal, external eye disease, cataract, anterior segment and refractive surgery.

Call now for an appointment or with any questions.

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Dr Andrew Apel International Speaking Event Niseko Society of Neuromuscular Sciences

The Eye Health Centre - Dr Andrew Apel International Speaking Event Niseko Society of Neuromuscular Sciences

Dr Apel Lecturing in Niseko.

Dr Andrew Apel, Ophthalmologist, has recently visited Niseko to present a lecture on “Cataract and Refractive Surgery…A Converging Art.”

The lifestyle impacts of cataracts and the benefit of cataract surgery is well understood. The development of modern cataract surgery has resulted in highly predictable visual outcomes, expanding the corrective scope of the procedure beyond simple cataracts to refractive ametropia and presbyopia.
In the last century, milestones in surgical technique have resulted in a safe and minimally invasive procedure for patients. Simultaneous innovations have occurred in ocular biometry and IOL calculations allowing for highly repeatable ocular measurements and more accurate IOL selection.
Intraocular lens manufacturers continue to improve on IOL designs with an ever-expanding scope of optical corrections in biocompatible and surgeon friendly materials. In particular, modern multi-focal IOL designs allow for unrivalled visual independence for presbyopic patients.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Chritmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The Eye Health Centre 2019

2019 has been a wonderful year at The Eye Health Centre. Our team has provided the gift of sight to many happy patients & made many friends along the way.

Dr Apel has been busy lecturing both locally & Internationally, educating other medical professionals in his specialty. Dr Apel has not continues to treat his patients, he also further educates Optometrists, Doctors and new training Ophthalmologists in order for them to also provide their patients with the best possible outcomes.

Our team of Clinical Optometrists have also been very busy and accomplished by supporting our patients in pre and post care.

We have helped many patients with different conditions be much more comfortable by treating their eye conditions i.e. Dry Eye, Keratoconus, Cataracts, Pterygiums, Vision Enhancement Treatments, Corneal Transplants, Ocular Surface Conditions, Aviation Ophthalmology and Ocular Emergencies just to name a few.

Throughout 2019 our team have also supported extraordinary projects including – our very own Optometrist, Phuc Ngo visiting Cambodia with The Australian Health Humanitarian Aid organisation treating hundreds of patients by improving their vision with Cataract Surgery. Dr Apel and team donated glasses to Kenya in order to help disadvantaged be able to see and have better quality of life. Our list goes on and on in how we assist in improving our patients quality of life.

Exciting News 2020

The Eye Health Centre is looking forward to a very exciting 2020. In January 2020, The Eye Health centre Aspley will be opening run by, Dr John Hogden. Along with Dr Hogden will come of great staff, including Clinical Optometrists and Administration support. We welcome Dr Hogden & Team.

We are all very much looking forward to meeting new patients visiting our Aspley Rooms, I am sure you will be extremely well looked after.

Many Thanks for your support through 2019, wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.

The Eye Health Centre Team

Dr Apel Lecturing at the RANZCO Congress, 8-12 November 2019

Dr Andrew Apel, our Ophthalmologist here at Eye Health Centre Brisbane was invited to lecture alongside Dr Mat Green on the topic of Bacterial Keratitis at the 2019 RANZCO Congress held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 9th November – 11th November.

Dr Apel and Dr Green educated the delegates with their shared knowledge and experience on the subject and was applauded on their delivery and presentation of the subject matter.

Dr Apel is renowned for his desire to share and educate within the Ophthalmic industry.



Our Optometrist James giving back sight in Papua New Guinea

When our very own Optometrist, James Fuss, volunteered his services in Papua New Guinea he was able to give sight back to many including a local father called Nico in Ora Bay.

When James met first met Nico, he was squinting and had very low visual quality.

It seemed Nico was in pain, but James soon came to realise that the squinting was Nico’s way of trying to overcome the haze that veiled his eyes, he was desperately trying to focus his vision.

At 30 years of age, Nico’s whole world is blurry. He has a wife, a six year-old son and a job at New Britain Palm Oil that is limited to very simple tasks.

As James begins to assess Nico’s eyes, he finds that Nico had a cataract removed from his right eye a few years ago, but no new lens was inserted into the eye. In his left eye, he is blind from a previous condition.

The good news is, Nico’s eyesight can easily be improved with a pair of very strong glasses.

James fits Nico’s face with a trial frame and begins test his refraction. As a +8 lens slips over Nico’s eye, he stops squinting and his face immediately begins to relax; he can see!

Nico says to James, “this is the one!”

A pair of +8.75 glasses is found for Nico and fitted on to his face. He is smiling and pointing to landmarks in the distance. He begins to share how happy he is – a whole new world has opened up around him.

Nico shakes James’ hand, and thanks him for the glasses.

The patient who walked in squinting an hour ago, walked out with a smile on his face and his eyes wide open – Nico had transformed.

You can help people like Nico by donating both prescription and reading glasses to YWAM Medical Ships’ optometry team. Your simple pair of pre-loved glasses can change lives, just like Nico’s!

Dr Apel attending the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Congress

Our leader Dr Andrew Apel thoroughly enjoyed learning about the latest methods of Corneal Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Paris for the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeon Congress – Paris, France September 14-18 2019.

Advances in Dry Eye Management

Jason Holland was invited to attend the CCLSA (Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia) Event at the Greek Club in Brisbane as the Keynote Speaker.

The attendee’s of this event included, final year Optometry students and recently graduated Optometrists who enjoyed furthering their knowledge of the Advances in Dry Eye Management.

Jason is about to embark on a tour across Australia and New Zealand to share his vast knowledge of Dry Eye strategies and procedures.

Our team at The Eye Health Centre includes experienced health professionals providing our patients with the best in Eye Health care.

Jason Holland continues to inspire as he shares his wealth of knowledge in Dry Eye management

Our very own clinical optometrist, Jason Holland, presented an interactive workshop on advanced treatment techniques at the O=MEGA 19 Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. Bringing together 1000 members of the ophthalmic and optometric community, Jason was asked to share his expertise in a clinical area that is so common, yet can be so difficult for many clinicians to navigate. Dry Eye is a condition close to Jason’s heart, and he has dedicated much of his esteemed career to advanced diagnostics and management of this condition. He runs a Dry Eye Clinic at our Brisbane consulting rooms, and is dedicated to utilising the most advanced techniques and approaches to managing his dry eye patients.

The first J&J Tecnis Eyhance Intraocular Lens in Ipswich implanted by Dr Andrew Apel

The first implant in Ipswich of the newly released Johnson & Johnson Tecnis Eyhance Intraocular Lens was performed by Dr Andrew Apel on Wednesday 12th June! This is the latest innovation in intraocular lens design by Johnson & Johnson, providing an enhanced extended vision range for patient’s not suitable for standard multifocal intraocular lenses.

At The Eye Health Centre, our comprehensive and advanced approach to cataract and refractive surgery options allows patients an informed freedom of choice regarding their surgical outcomes.  Click here to find out more about Refractive Surgery at The Eye Health Centre.

Clinical Optometrist Jane Scott, and Dr Andrew Apel at the Alcon Focus Multifocal Symposium

Dr Andrew Apel is no stranger to the podium, regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and seminars.  On 6th and 7th of April, Alcon held a symposium dedicated to ‘mastering the art and science of refractive surgery’.  Dr Apel was asked to present on multifocal intraocular lenses and patient selection, and Jane Scott, one of The Eye Health Centre’s brilliant clinical optometrists, sat on a panel discussing her experience with multifocal IOLs from both a patient and clinician’s perspective.

Jane had refractive surgery with the multifocal intraocular lens implants in 2015, and knows firsthand the incredible experience of becoming glasses free for distance, intermediate and near vision.  She is available to answer any patient queries on this surgical approach.

Dr Andrew Apel at the Niseko SONS Conference

Dr Andrew Apel was again invited to speak at the SONS (Society of Neuromuscular Sciences) Niseko conference in Japan in early January 2019. He gave presentations on ‘Advances in Ophthalmology’ to his medical colleagues over the course of the week.  Dr Apel believes in the importance of maintaining his skills and expertise at the frontlines of ophthalmic medical advances, which ensures he can provide the very best service and clinical outcomes for his patients.  He also believes in the importance of sharing his wealth of knowledge with his colleagues, to better equip other physicians in their patient management.   Of course, Dr Apel made sure to get in some quality time on the slopes. Dr Apel has been an avid skier since he was 27 years old, making the switch from the ski’s to the board when his son took up snowboarding and informed him that boarding much cooler!

Congratulations Jason Holland – Winner of QLD Optometrist of the Year Award

We are proud to announce our very own clinical Optometrist Jason Holland was awarded Hon. Bill Hayden AC Queensland Optometrist of the Year Award at the OQNT Visionaries Awards Night. The event is held annually and recognises the contributions of selected optometrists to the Optometry Profession and celebrates both the graduating class of Optometrists and reunion members.

Jason is an accomplished and renowned clinical optometrist, specialising in dry eye management, glaucoma management, advanced contact lens fitting, pre and post op surgical support, and general optometric care. He has been working both independently at The Eye Health Centre, and in support of Dr Andrew Apel for 17 years. He is a valued member of our team and are we are thrilled his hard work and dedication to his profession has been recognised through this prestigious award.

Ophthalmologist education and development

Dr Andrew Apel is committed to the education and development of both trainee ophthalmologists and his colleagues in the general medical profession. As Chair of the Qualification and Education Committee, Dr Apel is responsible for training and teaching registrar ophthalmologists. Due to Dr Apel’s surgical expertise and exceptional clinical outcomes, he is also regularly invited to speak to other Ophthalmologists to share insights and tips into advancing clinical care and surgical approaches.

Over the weekend, Dr Andrew Apel was invited to speak at a GP Education Conference on ‘Assessing and Managing Visual Impairment Caused by Cataract’. Many patients find themselves having their first discussion regarding reduced vision caused by cataract with their General Practitioner.

By aiding GP’s in preliminary assessment and management of these patients, we can better streamline the referral pathway for patients, maximising time and cost benefits to the patient. This also ensures the best clinical outcome possible is achieved for all patients.

Radio Segment – Dry Eye Syndrome

Did you miss Dr Andrew Apel discussing Dry Eye Syndrome on Logan 101FM’s Morning Show with TJ Blacker on Friday 20th July? Here’s a recap, and be sure to catch Dr Apel next month when he discusses the options available for over 50’s for vision correction through refractive surgery.

Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where the surface of the eye lacks sufficient moisture or lubrication. Our eye should always be covered in a thick, stable layer of fluid, which we call the tear film. Dry eye can result from our glands not secreting enough fluid, the existing fluid evaporating too quickly or simply not blinking regularly enough.

The symptoms of dry eye include burning, itching, aching, heavy or fatigued sensations in the eyes, red eyes, blurred vision and even watery eyes. In severe cases, ongoing damage to the front of the eye can result in inflammation and scarring, which can also result in vision loss.

Dry eyes can affect everyone of every age. It can be caused by environmental conditions, menopause, systemic conditions (such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis), medications, smoking, contact lens wear, and more recently a link has been found between dry eyes and excessive computer use.

At The Eye Health Centre, we can diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome with a series of clinical tests that measure the volume of tears on the eye, the amount of tear fluid a person secretes, how fast the tear fluid evaporates, and how functional the glands that secrete tear fluid are. These tests help us accurately identify the type and severity of dry eye so we can customise a treatment plan for individual patients. The Eye Health Centre provides the most up to date, clinically proven treatment options for Dry Eye Syndrome in our Dry Eye Clinic, which may include Artificial Tears, Blephasteam, BlephEx, Meibography, IPL, Serum Tears and Punctal Plugs.

ASCRS Run for Sight!

Dr Apel is an avid runner, passionate about eyes, and committed to ophthalmic education and research. When the opportunity presented to support a good cause, squeeze in another morning run, and spend three days liaising with fellow leading anterior segment physicians from around the world, Dr Apel just couldn’t pass it up.

Dr Apel attended the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s (ASCRS) Annual Meeting in Washington DC, USA this week. The conference brings together international Cornea and Refractive Surgery specialists to discuss the latest outcomes and advances in all things cornea and anterior eye related. Dr Andrew Apel also participated in the ‘Run For Sight’ challenge, which raises money for the ASCRS Foundation and humanitarian eyecare projects in Ethiopia.

Australian Vision Convention

Over the weekend, the Australian Vision Convention was held in Brisbane.  This is a networking and continued professional development event held once a year for the Optometry Profession.  Dr Andrew Apel and one of our Clinical Optometrists, Jason Holland, were delighted to be asked to attend as speakers at the event.

Dr Andrew Apel’s seminar topic was ‘Improving the Performance of the Cornea’, in particular discussing how to optimize long term vision outcomes after Corneal Graft Surgery.  DMEK corneal transplant surgery is quickly becoming the most preferable surgical approach for endothelial diseases, due to reduced rejection rates and better refractive outcomes. Dr Andrew Apel is a leader in this field and performs high volumes of DMEK surgery every year.

Jason Holland, spoke on the recent advances in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.  Jason runs a Dry Eye Clinic at The Eye Health Centre, and regularly performs IPL treatments for patients suffering Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. IPL can improve Meibomian Glands morphology and increase lipid secretions, resulting in a healthier tear film and reduced dry eye symptoms.  If you would like to find out more about this dry eye treatment and whether it is suitable for you, give us a call!

Clinical Optometry Team host dinner for local Brisbane Optometrists

The Eye Health Centre’s Clinical Optometrists hosted a ‘Clinical Discussion’ dinner event for inner city Brisbane Optometrists on Tuesday evening. The dinner was held at the esteemed Malt Dining in Brisbane CBD. The night involved great food and wine, and engaging discussion on the role of our clinical optometrists, and updates on the clinical services available at The Eye Health Centre. Topics discussed included the Keratoconus Care Clinic, Dry Eye Clinic, and Pre-Op assessments and Post-Op care for Cataract Surgery, Refractive Lens Exchange, Implantable Contact Lenses, Corneal Graft Surgery and Pterygium Surgery.

Our Clinical Optometrists are highly skilled and expertly trained to support Dr Andrew Apel in complimentary care and co-management. The team are committed to fostering professional relationships within the optometry community and providing ongoing educational development for their peers. A great night was had by all!