Achieving great vision with LASIK in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden and his clinical team at Eye Laser Specialists are ready to offer you the freedom from glasses and contact lenses with high precision LASIK eye surgery. Melbourne patients will be pleased to know they are in safe hands with Dr van Heerden, who, in addition to his extensive ophthalmology training, also holds a Diploma of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

The Benefits of LASIK

Melbourne residents understand the fast-paced lifestyle of our city. Glasses and contact lenses can be a significant inconvenience and you simply don’t have time for them to fog up, fall out, or get lost.

LASIK eye surgery in our Melbourne clinic at Eye Laser Specialists is an excellent way of achieving freedom from glasses and contacts. Under the care of a comprehensive ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, Dr van Heerden, your procedure will take place in state-of-the-art facilities using high precision laser technology.

With impressive success rates, your vision is in good hands with Dr van Heerden and his team.

How LASIK Works

LASIK eye surgery in Melbourne is a popular procedure, with high success rates and a great safety profile. Dr van Heerden performs LASIK out of his private clinic, Eye Laser Specialists in Armadale. While there are many eye surgeons offering LASIK surgery in Melbourne, Dr van Heerden prides himself on providing LASIK surgery to his Melbourne patients using the latest in laser technology for both steps of the operation.
You will first undergo an initial assessment to determine your eligibility for the LASIK procedure. Patients whose eyes are considered unsuitable for LASIK will be recommended other options that will be safer or more effective.

After having numbed the eye with a local anaesthetic, Dr van Heerden creates a flap of superficial corneal tissue with a femtosecond laser. Other refractive surgeons performing LASIK eye surgery in Melbourne may choose to conduct this step with a handheld bladed instrument. The highly precise excimer laser is then applied to the exposed bulk of corneal tissue, reshaping it so as to correct your refractive error. Once this step is complete, the corneal flap is repositioned and self-seals. The final result is clear, crisp vision without needing glasses or contacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I never need glasses again if I have LASIK?
Our Melbourne patients enjoy greatly reduced dependency on glasses and contacts after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. However, due to the natural changes in the focusing ability of the ageing eye, you will still benefit from reading glasses as you get older. A modified version of LASIK known as Presbyond, or laser blended vision, has the ability to restore a degree of both your long-distance and reading vision though there may still be some situations where you prefer to wear reading glasses.
Am I eligible for LASIK eye surgery?
Our Melbourne laser clinic, Eye Laser Specialists, assesses hundreds of eyes each year for LASIK suitability. During your initial appointment, we will perform a thorough assessment to determine your suitability for LASIK eye surgery, including measuring your prescription and your corneal thickness, as well as examining the overall health of your eyes. If your eyes are found to be unsuitable for the LASIK procedure, we will discuss alternative options.
How much does LASIK eye surgery cost in Melbourne?
The fee of LASIK can vary from surgeon to surgeon and whether a femtosecond laser is used during the procedure. If you choose to have your operation performed with Dr van Heerden at Eye Laser Specialists, it is best to discuss the costs after having undergone your initial consultation so we can provide you with an accurate quote.
Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?
Due to the use of numbing eye drops throughout the procedure, LASIK is not considered to be painful. There may be the sensation of pressure as the laser is being applied to the eye and some grittiness or dryness post-operatively, but very rarely do patients report pain or significant discomfort during the procedure.
What can I expect during the recovery period?
After your LASIK operation, your ophthalmology care team will go through the post-operative guidelines with you in order to make your vision recovery as smooth as possible. You may experience some temporary grittiness or dryness in the eyes, and some people report a temporary increase in light sensitivity. Many patients can see clearly enough in one or two days following the LASIK procedure to be able to drive. Most return to work within the week though this may depend on the nature of the work.
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.