Brisbane Ophthalmologist
232 Oxley Road
Graceville, Queensland 4075 AU

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5 out of 5 stars Pterygium Treatment

Dr. Hirst changed my life

When 3 years ago my pterygium started growing I looked everywhere for a solution. I'm a female in my 30s, and my ugly pterygium crushed my life and soul. I visited many doctors in the US and Mexico, but the general consensus was always the same: "Pterygium surgery is risky because of the high recurrence rates." When I read about Dr. Hirst's procedure (and the 0.1% recurrence rates), I...

5 out of 5 stars Pterygium Treatment

Professor Lawrence Hirst saved my left eye.

I am from Canada. About eight years ago, I was diagnosed with pterygium inmy left eye. My first Canadian opthalmologist (eye surgeon) right away performed the first pterygium surgery in my left eye. Unfortunately, after seven years, the pterygium in my left eye retuned. Due to my first opthalmologist retirement, a different Canadian eye surgeon performed my second pterygium surgery, which...

5 out of 5 stars Pterygium Treatment

Pterygium Removal; Surgical Excellence and Administrative Management. Brisbane, AU

My both eyes had Pterygium. It had started at the corner of my eyes, over the cornea, covering one side of the iris and had just started to grow over the edge of the pupil and therefore was affecting my vision. I went to several doctors around the world and all recommended immediate surgery involving removing the Pterygium and grafting a piece of sclera from under my upper eyelid to the...

5 out of 5 stars Pterygium Treatment

Single, 53 Years Old Female. Queensland, AU

After two operations done in Turkey, I've got no result. I have found Mr. Hirst by internet. Actually, DR. Sualp Tansan, Oncology, he is a good friend of mine, found him and wrote him immadiately. First impression was very important to me. Because someone was answering me asap.This gives you trust. He is my hero...

5 out of 5 stars Pterygium Treatment

Finally my Pterygia Are Gone Thanks to P.E.R.F.E.C.T for PTERYGIUM® Procedure - Brisbane, AU

Please read this review if you have been diagnosed with a pterygium. The recurrence rate after most surgeries is quite high. Repeat failed surgeries has the potential to cause serious vision impairments and scarring to the eye. Dr. Hirst has developed a solution to this common problem: the P.E.R.F.E.C.T for PTERYGIUM® procedure. I am a physician practicing in the United States. Due to...

Personal Statement

The only corneal trained eye surgeon in Australia dedicating his practice to eye surgeries.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

Awards & Recognition

American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, 2012
Best Paper, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans "Results of P.E.R.F.E.C.T for PTERYGIUM®," 2007
Professional Recognition:
Instruction Course, Pterygium: The Outcome Measure is now Cosmesis, Not Recurrence, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006 - present

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Dr. Hirst has hospital affiliations at Queensland Eye Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: MBBS, University of Queensland, 1969
    Diploma of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne, 1974
    MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1981
    DSc, Pterygium, University of Queensland, 2015
    Medical: MD, University of Queensland, 1983
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, 1971
    Residency: Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1976
    Cornea and External Diseases, Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1977
    Neuro - Ophthalmology, Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1978
    Cornea and External Disease, Wilmer Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists
    The Royal Australian College of Surgeons

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Pterygium Removal Surgery: Does it take long?

This depends on two principal factors. Firstly the method of removal will to some degree determine how long the surgery takes. If a surgeon simply... READ MORE

Stitches Left in Eye After Pinguecula Removal

Stitches or sutures are commonly used in this form of surgery. Some sutures such as polyglactin will absorb spontaneously over a few weeks and do not... READ MORE

Can you perform a surgery on pinguecula?

Although a simple, short procedure to remove a pinguecula can be undertaken, basically just cutting it around without much normal tissue removal, I no... READ MORE

Will an intern be qualified to do pterygium removal?

For too long pterygium surgery has been considered trivial surgery and passed down the line to the most junior trainee. This may have been appropriate... READ MORE

What is a Pterygium?

A pterygium is a growth of tissue from the white of the eye onto the crystal window of the eye (cornea) and is non-cancerous. The strongest... READ MORE

Pterygium Treatment: What are the signs and symptoms?

In most patients, the pterygium is clearly visible in the mirror, as a red streak that crosses the junction between the white of the eye and the... READ MORE

Pterygium: What is the best treatment?

Because I have designed my own surgery for pterygium removal which has been tested in the largest single surgeon case series in the world, i.e. P.E.R... READ MORE

Pterygium Removal Surgery: How is it performed?

There is no easy answer to this question as it depends on the method used by the individual surgeon and there are many different methods.A... READ MORE

Pterygium Removal Surgery: Is it painful?

This depends on the type of surgery and particularly the type of anesthesia used. The kindest way to remove a pterygium is to have an anesthetist... READ MORE

Can a pterygium cause blindness?

It is extremely rare for a pterygium to cause blindness in developed countries unless that patient neglects their personal health care. They will... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Hirst

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