How much is a loaf of bread? And why can’t you work out eyelid surgery cost from Google.

  The most common email enquiry I receive from prospective patients is simply: How much does eyelid surgery cost? It’s actually a difficult question to answer. Let me explain why using an even simpler analogy. How much is a loaf of bread? Would you like a half loaf? Or a full loaf? Unsliced or sliced […]

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Laser lower eyelid blepharoplasty: real results…

Last week I operated on a lovely patient who was absolutely thrilled with the result of her lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Her recovery was a breeze and the end result was beyond her expectations. She was kind enough to message me each day with a photo update. In my opinion, the CO2 laser is the only […]

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Dr Tai Smith - Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes – Intraductal Meibomian Gland Probing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is one of the common underlying causes of Dry Eyes. The meibomian glands secrete the oil layer that overlies the aqueous layer of the tear film. When the oil layer is deficient, then evaporation occurs unchecked, resulting in stinging, dry and sore eyes. For […]

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Dr Tai Smith - Optical Illusion

Amazing water glass trick like the human eye!!!

If you are like me, you’ll love science experiments. Did you know your eye is a complex optical system? Light enters the eye and is refracted by the cornea and the lens on its way towards the retina at the back of the eye. I bet you didn’t know that what you see is actually […]

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Naunchaky Tube - Dr Tai Smith

Cowabunga – when DCR surgery collides with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I loved the TMNT when I was growing up. How cool is Michaelangelo? His weapon of choice is the Nunchaku. This is a weapon that no clear minded, sensible individual (*as in theatre scrub nurse), would ever let me near. So here is what I get to use: the new Nunchaku tube from FCI (distributed […]

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eye-drops - Dr Tai Smith

The Buzz about Honey Eye Drops

Manuka honey has well-known medicinal properties and has gained acceptance in wound care in the treatment of chronic ulcers and burns. Who would have thought that it could be used as an eye drop (Optimel™ Manuka Eye Drops)? For sufferers of some forms of dry eyes and blepharitis, this new product has been a revelation. […]

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How to create chocolate out of nothing - Dr Tai Smith

What if Eyelid Cancers were Like Chocolate??

One of the most interesting areas that I specialise in is the reconstruction of eyelids after the removal of skin cancers. It is fascinating because every cancer is different in location, size and shape. After the reconstruction, the remaining eyelid must continue to function as an eyelid, appear symmetric with the opposite side and look […]

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Blepharoplasty laser - dr tai smith

Blepharoplasty laser has arrived!

After a minor delay, my laser has arrived and is now fully operational. The CO2 laser is used for the incisions when doing upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty.  This seemingly futuristic device cuts the skin without contacting it.  The incisions are precise with the additional benefit in that it cauterises as it cuts.  The end […]

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How to remove eyelashes permanently - dr tai smith

How do you remove eyelashes permanently?

As you can see, this needle is absolutely tiny (see below image). I see a number of patients who for years thought that plucking their eyelashes was the only solution for misdirected eyelashes “trichiasis“.  These lashes cause irritation as they rub against the cornea.  Every four weeks these patients attend their GP or optometrist to […]

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QEI - Dr Tai Smith

New blog, new website and new rooms

Welcome to my new blog and website which coincides with the start of the next phase of my career working at the newly relocated Queensland Eye Institute. I am thrilled to upload my very first blog entry to mark my first foray into the cyberworld. I commenced work at the Queensland Eye Institute in March.  […]

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