Your experienced specialist in laser eye surgery in Melbourne

Considering the busy, active lifestyle of Melbourne, laser eye surgery could be just the thing you need to give you that extra edge, free from the inconvenience of glasses and contact lenses. Under the skill and care of our experienced laser eye surgeon, Dr Anton van Heerden, your eyes are in good hands.

Laser Eye Surgery

If you’re looking for expert, personalised laser eye surgery, look no further than Dr Anton van Heerden and his highly trained clinical team at Eye Laser Specialists. With advanced ophthalmology training and a Diploma of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dr van Heerden offers safe, effective eye laser surgery to Melbourne residents and those travelling from regional Victoria.

Compared to undergoing laser eye surgery in Melbourne, the cost of the ongoing maintenance of glasses or contact lenses can end up being much more expensive. Laser eye surgery could be the freedom your vision has been looking for.

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Laser Eye Surgery in our Melbourne Clinic

Refractive procedures are performed at our state-of-the-art clinic, Eye Laser Specialists, which is equipped with the latest tools for laser eye surgery. The cost of your procedure will depend on which technique is assessed to be the most suitable for your eyes, which is determined after a comprehensive initial eye and vision assessment. Dr van Heerden and his specialist team offer:

  • LASIK: while some ophthalmologists use a manual blade for part of the operation, Dr van Heerden prefers to utilise high-precision laser tools for all steps of the LASIK procedure.  
  • PRK: an older method of laser eye surgery, PRK still holds a valuable place as a refractive procedure for certain types of eyes.
  • SMILE: the newest technique available, SMILE surgery is minimally invasive, with excellent recovery times and vision results. Dr van Heerden is known as the first eye specialist in Melbourne to provide this method.

In addition to these laser refractive procedures, Dr van Heerden can also perform other eye surgery techniques to offer you reduced dependency on glasses, including refractive lens exchange (RLE), intraocular contact lenses (ICL), and cataract surgery.

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Zeiss refractive surgery suite

Dr Van Heerden and the Team at Eye Laser Specialists are proud to be the Zeiss Refractive Laser Suite. This amazing German engineered equipment comprises the Visumax + Mel 90 lasers.

The Visumax Femtosecond laser is used to perform SMILE surgery and creates precise LASIK flap cuts.
The Mel 90 Excimer laser is used to perform PRK, LASIK and PRESBYOND using the AAA laser profile platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does laser eye surgery cost in your Melbourne practice?

With laser eye surgery in Melbourne, prices can vary widely, depending on the skill of your eye surgeon and the particular technique used. At Eye Laser Specialists, we tailor our treatment to your eyes and vision, accounting for your refractive measurements, lifestyle, and visual demands. For an accurate quote for your laser eye treatment, it is best to first undergo your comprehensive initial eye examination.

How do I know if I’m suitable for laser eye surgery?
There are many people who would be surprised to find they are eligible for refractive surgery as they may have been told in the past that their eyes were unsuitable. With the introduction of newer techniques such as SMILE surgery and intraocular contact lenses (ICL), more and more people are finding they are eligible to pursue refractive surgery. At your initial assessment, our highly trained clinicians will examine factors such as your prescription, corneal thickness, and any other concurrent eye conditions to counsel you on your suitability for laser eye surgery.
Do I need to prepare anything in advance for my first appointment?
For your initial consultation, it is best to be prepared with as much relevant information as possible. This includes your spectacle and/or contact lens prescriptions; any history of eye conditions, such as injuries or diseases; any relevant general medical history, including allergies or adverse reactions to anaesthetics. If you are a contact lens wearer, the most accurate measurements are achieved if you have avoided contact lens wear for at least a week. At your first eye examination, you may have dilating eye drops instilled so our eye specialist can have a thorough look at the back of your eye; because of this, it is best to avoid driving afterwards and to arrange alternative transport.
What payment options do you accept at Eye Laser Specialists?
We accept multiple forms of payment including cash, Visa, Mastercard, direct bank deposit, and PayRight. We also offer payment plans for eligible patients so please speak to us if you require this to be organised as payment must be completed before undergoing your laser eye surgery. In your initial consultation and examination, the costs of your procedure will be discussed.
Do I need a referral for laser eye surgery?

No, you do not require a referral to undergo refractive surgery with our ophthalmologist at Eye Laser Specialists. However, a report from your family optometrist can be helpful in giving us a comprehensive picture of your eye and vision history. Appointments at our state-of-the-art refractive clinic can be made by calling us directly on 03 9000 0389.

Is laser eye surgery painful?
Laser eye surgery is not typically considered painful, though some patients may report some mild irritation or discomfort around the eyes during the healing postoperative period, which is entirely normal. After your procedure, your eye doctor and clinical team will discuss the post-op guidelines to optimise your recovery.
Book your consultation with Dr van Heerden now.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.