One of Australia’s largest corrective eye surgery provider, SMS Healthcare, has expanded its eye surgery services into Sydney CBD and the northern beaches, with new ophthalmology acquisitions in Darlinghurst and Brookvale.
The latest acquisition of local Sydney Eye Clinic follows SMS Healthcare’s acquisition of Queensland-based LASERSIGHT Australia earlier this year.
According to SMS Healthcare Managing Director, Carl Adams, the new acquisition aligns growing demand for elective eye surgery procedures with the company’s commitment to bringing the latest eye surgery and collaborative care advances directly to local communities.
“SMS Healthcare’s focus is on bringing the best treatments available and early technology directly to patients.
“We aim to make eye surgery more accessible to patients in central and northern Sydney, while supporting our partner facilities with true value programs,” Mr Adams said.
“With an ageing population and a backlog of elective eye surgery procedure demand following the pandemic, Sydney Eye Clinic’s track record and legacy together with our value-add will ensure a streamlining of the patient journey, while also supporting our diversified healthcare consolidation strategy,” said Mr Adams.
Demand for eye surgery, currently a $1 billion industry, is forecast to increase over the next five years, with highest growth expected in cataract surgery, laser correction and other types of corrective eye surgery.
Sydney Eye Clinic founding partner, Dr Ilan Sebban, says finding the right partner to help move forward and maintain the clinic’s reputation as a leader in optimal patient care, was key to their decision to join SMS Healthcare.
“SMS Healthcare is a healthcare service leader, working closely with industry to onboard new and emerging technologies that achieve best possible patient outcomes.
“Through this new synergy we can expand the suitability of eye surgery to a larger group of people, while focusing on widening treatment applications,” Dr Sebban said.
“Together we can support faster patient access to the latest technologies through established collaborations and a broader professional support network.”
SMS Healthcare’s local investment is part of a larger support strategy to alleviate poor patient access to overwhelmed local area health services.
“As we focus on integrating capability with a high level of patient satisfaction, together with our partners we’re in prime position to help increase patient access and provide suitable options to them,” Mr Adams said.
Sydney Eye Clinic will continue to operate under its existing trade name with the support of the shared services team at SMS Healthcare.
Across its wider portfolio, SMS Healthcare holds co-investments alongside the medical professional founders of 21 assets, including day and short-stay hospitals, allied health, and specialist medical practices spanning ophthalmology and laser eye surgery infrastructure across Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.
At SMS Healthcare, our focus is on achieving operational efficiencies, streamlining the delivery of healthcare to support connected patient care.