Dr. Wiffen is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in private practice at Lions Eye Institute and in the public system at Fremantle Hospital. He has been Director of the Lions Eye Bank of Western Australia since 1997.
He has special expertise in corneal transplantation, including endothelial transplantation and DMEK, pterygium and cataract surgery, management of ocular surface problems, as well as laser and refractive surgery.
Laser or surgical procedures are available for myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism.
Corneal transplantation is performed to improve vision if the cornea is distorted or opaque and for therapeutic reasons if there is infection, perforation or pain from various disease processes.
Modern cataract surgery is very safe and effective and generally seems straightforward but you do need to be aware what is involved and the decisions that need to be made about what intra-ocular lenses are most suitable for you.
Surgery is recommended for pterygium when vision is affected or if the eye is persistently red and uncomfortable.
Management of keratoconus is based on monitoring for progression and then corneal collagen cross-linking if necessary. Other procedures are available to improve quality of vision and reduce the need for contact lenses and glasses.
Ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) is the most common tumour requiring treatment. This may be with topical chemotherapy or with surgical excision depending on the type and extent of the lesion.