The new machine offers more options.
Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

A new microscope used for eye surgery at Bendigo Health is expanding the range of treatment options for patients in the community.

The $400,000 state-of-the-art machine is used for cataract surgery and retinal detachment surgery.

Retinal surgery, used for diabetic patients among others, was not previously available to local patients.

The machine provides high-quality vision for surgeons during procedures and has a monitor to educate microsurgical assistants.

It is also helping expand eye services for the region, with Bendigo Health able to attract a second ophthalmologist, to run an additional outpatient clinic.