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 About ESI 

The Eye Specialist Institute is the longest continuously running ophthalmic practice in Queensland having been started by the late Dr Noel Sampson in 1957 in Shepard House, which is located in Scarborough Street opposite the current police station. The late Morgan Burkett took over the practice in 1975 and moved it to Tweed Heads and to 127 Nerang Street. This was a purpose built building that housed a pharmacy and OPSM dispensary facing onto Nerang Street. Following Dr Burkett’s untimely death in a surfing accident in 1980, Dr Darryl Gregor took over the practice and in 1985 built Brockway house, which was Queensland’s first licensed day theatre building with initially one-day theatre and then two-day theatres. We eventually outgrew that building and in 1998, we opened our current practice at 2 Short Street, which is a three theatre day theatre complex run by Ramsay health.

The practice now has three locations at 2 Short Street Southport, 1 Lake Orr Drive Varsity Lakes and 72- 80 Marine Parade Coolangatta and caters for a wide range of ophthalmic procedures. We pride ourselves in being ophthalmic innovators and our role is to make sure that we always give the very best and the very latest technology to the people of the Gold Coast. Eye Specialist Institute is the newest vision from Dr Robert Bourke, with the sole purpose of providing an exceptionally high standard of patient care utilising the most up to date technologies and procedures. You can be comfortable in the fact that our current team of specialist Doctors including Dr Robert Bourke, Dr Heather Russell, Dr Alan Hilton and Dr Sharon Morris will guide you through your journey. With countless years of experience and knowledge, you really are in good hands.

Excellence - Service - Initiative

We thought long and hard about how to best reflect our business in three simple words.

Excellence – The team at ESI led by our Doctors leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of furthering our knowledge, training

 our staff and ultimately providing you the patient with excellent health care and information.

Service - We provide for you, the very best in service and proven clinical results every single day. Our amazing and professional staff are trained to the highest levels, be it our Administration team or our Ophthalmic/Clinical team, all of us at ESI are focussed on you, the patient.

Initiative - Never stop trying to be better - By regularly furthering our knowledge and skills, we can provide you with the excellence that comes with new methods, procedures and the newest equipment.

Mission Statement 

  • This practice exists to maintain and improve the vision of our patients.
  • The Eye Specialist Institute has a special interest in Cataract, Retinal and Refractive surgery.
  • Patient satisfaction is our top priority.
  • The doctors and staff work closely with primary care providers in order to maximise patient outcomes.     
  • Staff involvement at every level of patient management and treatment ensures reassurance and comfort.
  • Eye care … we care.