Vision Centre Day Surgery, Southport, Queensland

About Vision Centre Day Surgery in Southport, QLD

Located on the ground floor of the Vision Centre Southport complex, Vision Centre Day Surgery is a dedicated ophthalmic day surgery facility designed to ensure patient comfort.

Each patient has access to quality, individualised eye treatment in bright and welcoming facilities featuring state-of-the-art technology. We combine a high standard of quality management along with a team of highly competent and friendly staff to optimise patient outcomes.

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Philippa Tighe – Director of Nursing
Ground floor, 95 Nerang St, Southport QLD 4215
Tel: 07 5528 4020
Fax: 07 5528 4338
Email: [email protected]

Mon–Fri  8.00 am–5.00 pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

For more information about surgical session availability please contact directly using the details above.

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Surgical facilities

Vision Center has your complete eye care as our focus. This means that every facet of your pre- and post-treatment care is provided by highly skilled professionals.

  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
    • Trabeculectomy
    • Vitrectomy/Vitreoretinal surgery
    • Pterygium surgery and autoconjunctival graft
    • Corneal cross-linking
    • Corneal transplantation
    • Intravitreal eye injections
    • Reconstructive surgery (oculoplastics):
      • Blepharoplasty
      • Ectropion repair
      • Entropion repair
      • Ptosis repair
      • Conjunctivoplasty
      • Pingueculum
      • Excision of lesions (e.g. basal cell carcinoma)

Our doctors

Dr Theron in surgical scrubs and cap

Dr Andre Theron


Dr Andre Theron is a specialist ophthalmologist who joined the Vision Centre team in 2003. He has substantial experience in cataract surgery, including use of toric (astigmatic) lenses, extended vision lenses (Restor, Symfony, Synergy and Vivity) as well as toric versions of extended vision lenses. He also has extensive experience in managing glaucoma (including the insertion of iStent implants), macular degeneration, retinal artery and vein occlusions and pterygia.

Dr Theron performs lid procedures for excess skin (blepharoplasty) and for in-turned eyelids (entropion) and out-turned eyelids (ectropion). He also performs minor lid procedures.

Dr Theron is skilled in providing intravitreal injections for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and vein occlusions both in-rooms and in-theatre. He has a keen interest in neuro-ophthalmology.

Dr Theron completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1988.
After completing his time as an intern and medical officer, he began his national service in the South African Defence Force as a lieutenant and medical officer in 32 Battalion (The Buffalo Battalion). He served the soldiers and local civilians and became familiar with the injuries of war gaining, much general medical experience.

Dr Theron started his registrar training at the University of Natal, Durban, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Ophthalmology, as well as his Fellowship of the South African College of Surgeons (Ophthalmology) examinations. During this time, as a consultant, he was involved at a state level in developing outreach programs in rural, under privileged communities for cataract surgery and eye care.

His dissertation for his Masters involved research into the impact of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus on the eye in HIV positive patients and its correlation to CD4 and CD8 cell counts. He also performed research in areas regarding antimetabolite use in glaucoma surgery.

Dr Theron was awarded a scholarship to complete a Master’s Degree in Ophthalmology at the University College of London. This did not come to pass however, as he moved to Australia when he was offered a position at the Gold Coast Hospital in 1998. This was an area of need and was under-serviced.

Through his efforts, a formal Department of Ophthalmology was established which was accredited for the training of ophthalmology registrars. This department and its registrar training continues today and has expanded significantly since then.

Dr Theron was a site investigator for the multinational FIELD and DIRECT diabetes studies. In 2002, he became a Senior Registrar at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, where he completed a General Ophthalmology Fellowship and his Australian exams (FRANZCO).

Dr Theron then returned to the Gold Coast Hospital and worked as a full-time specialist until becoming a Visiting Medical Officer when he joined the Vision Centre. He has worked for many years in Moree, New South Wales, as part of the Vision Centre Rural Outreach Service.

Dr Theron is still involved with teaching students both from Bond and Griffith Universities, and is in practice at both the Vision Centre in Southport and at the Vision Centre Robina offices.

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Dr Vu in surgical scrubs and cap

Dr Phung Vu


Dr Phung Vu specialises in all adult and children’s reconstructive eye surgery. He specifically trained in all aspects of eyelid surgery, including cosmetic procedures such as eyelid reductions, brow lifts and ectropion and entropion repairs.

Dr Vu’s other areas of expertise include excision and reconstruction of periocular eyelid tumours, thyroid eye disease, tear duct surgery including endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomies (bypassing blockages in the tear drainage system), and orbital surgery.

Following Dr Vu’s graduation from the University of Queensland in 1991, he completed a residence at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and was the eye registrar at the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Brisbane hospitals.

In 2003, Dr Vu completed a clinical fellowship at Exeter. Subsequently, he completed an oculoplastic and reconstructive fellowship at the Queen’s Medical Centre (University of Nottingham) in 2004, and an orbital fellowship at the Academic Medical Centre (University of Amsterdam) in 2005.

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Dr Welch in surgical scrubs and cap

Dr Roger Welch


Vision Centre founder and current CEO Dr Roger Welch is recognised for his expertise in cataract, excimer laser refractive surgery, retina-vitreous and general ophthalmology, including glaucoma. A highly experienced ophthalmologist, he established his Gold Coast ophthalmology practice in 1989.

Dr Welch completed his postgraduate studies in ophthalmology and vitreoretina sub-specialty at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine in Florida, USA.

ubsequently, he devoted a year to consulting and lecturing in ophthalmology at the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine.

Dr Welch’s interest in refractive surgery saw him gain his C-LASIK diploma in 1996. He was a pioneer of phacoemulsification IOL and vitreoretinal surgery on the Gold Coast. He was also the first local surgeon to use Botox treatment to relieve facial spasms.

Dr Welch is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). He is also a fellow of the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is also a member of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society and an associate member of the Oceania Retina Association.

Dr Welch has served as a Visiting Consultant at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane, and at the Gold Coast Hospital where he has been President of the Visiting Medical Officers Association. Dr Welch has also been a Founding Director of the Gold Coast’s Pindara Day Procedure Centre and a member of the Pindara Hospital Medical Board of Advice.

Since 1996, when he founded the Moree Eye Service, Dr Welch has provided a regular service to the Moree area, operating on a surgical bus, and now provides eye surgery through the Moree Base Hospital. Since 2007, he has been a consultant to the Pius X Aboriginal Health Care Corporation at Moree.

Dr Welch is an active presenter at Society and College meetings. He is active in registrar and medical student teaching for local Universities.

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Getting here

By car

Vision Centre Southport has a stopping bay to allow easy drop-off and pick-up for patients with limited mobility. Free underground parking is available to patients and their carers via Nerang Street.

By public transport

Our day surgery is convenient to access via public transport, with the G:link Nerang Street Station approximately 100m away. The station has undercover seating, wheelchair access and signalled crossing to the footpath.

Disability access

The day surgery is on street level and has access for people with limited mobility. Disabled parking spaces are available near the elevators in the basement carpark and the nearby G:link Nerang Street Station also has wheelchair access.

Vision Centre Day Surgery

Ground floor, 95 Nerang Street Southport QLD 4215

T: (07) 5528 4020


Below are some frequently-asked questions about Vision Centre Day Surgery.

  • What amenities are available for patients?

    Our modern centre offers a modern waiting room with beautiful artwork, private admission, free on-site parking, refreshments from the on-site cafe, and easy access to public transport (the light rail stops right outside!).

    We are also conveniently located across the road from Queen Village Shopping Centre.

  • What amenities are available for Visiting Medical Officers?

    At Vision Centre Day Surgery, VMOs can enjoy:

    • the opportunity to work with the same nursing team consistently
    • the ability to play music in theatre
    • lunch provided from the on-site cafe
    • reserved parking

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Vision Centre Day Surgery

Ground floor, 95 Nerang Street
Southport QLD 4215

T: 07 5528 4020
F: 07 5528 4338

Fully accredited

We are committed to continuously monitoring and improving customer service. Our practice has developed a quality management system to meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality in Health Services Standards (NSQHS), and achieve certification. These standards focus on the effectiveness of a practice’s quality management system in meeting the needs of its customer. Please let our reception staff know if you wish to provide us with feedback on our service – we welcome and appreciate all input.

Read more about patient safety and our quality and safety standards on our ‘About us’ page.

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