The first to bring SMILE eye surgery in Melbourne
Dr van Heerden and his team of highly trained clinicians are proud to be the first to offer SMILE laser eye surgery to Melbourne and the surrounding areas. At the cutting edge of refractive surgery, the SMILE procedure provides patients with freedom from the inconvenience of glasses and contacts with this safe, effective, and minimally invasive technique.
What is SMILE Eye Surgery?
Our Melbourne patients are fortunate to be able to access this innovative refractive surgery technique, a valuable addition to other procedures such as LASIK and PRK. An acronym for “small incision lenticule extraction”, SMILE surgery combines the best of the PRK and LASIK techniques to form this new revolutionary procedure, known for being minimally invasive with excellent visual results.
SMILE eye surgery for our Melbourne patients is performed at our state-of-the-art clinic in Armadale, Eye Laser Specialists, using the highly precise VisuMax femtosecond laser by Zeiss. Under the care of Dr van Heerden, your eyes are in safe hands.
How SMILE Eye Surgery Works
SMILE laser eye surgery in our Melbourne clinic at Eye Laser Specialists is a safe, gentle, and accurate procedure.
Prior to undergoing SMILE surgery, your eligibility for this technique will be assessed by our trained ophthalmology team. This is to ensure your eyes are suitable for laser eye surgery and you have no existing risk factors that may make the procedure ineffective or unsafe for you.
During the operation, your eyes will be numbed with topical anaesthetic. SMILE eye surgery is a one-step procedure, which greatly reduces the opportunity for adverse events to occur. Using the highly precise VisuMax femtosecond laser, a disc-like sliver of the central cornea (the transparent dome at the front of your eye) is separated from the surrounding tissues. The dimensions of this disc, or lenticule, are calculated in such a way as to correct your refractive error once extracted from the cornea through a tiny keyhole incision. No stitches are required; being no larger than 3mm, the keyhole incision is able to self-seal.
The benefits of SMILE include:
- Minimally invasive
- Rapid recovery times
- Single-step procedure
- Lower risk of postoperative dry eye
- Lower risk of regression
After your procedure, your eye specialist will provide you with post-operative guidelines to optimise the recovery process.