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Does SMILE hurt?

SMILE itself is a very gentle, straightforward surgery. The actual laser itself is extremely gentle on the eye. 

During the initial afternoon after having surgery, the eye itself can be a little bit scratchy. Still, most people come in the next day after SMILE with their eyes completely comfortable.

If you want to see if you’re a good candidate to have our laser surgery, then I would encourage you to take our suitability test. It will take just a few minutes of your time and give you a good idea if you can take the next step into getting better vision without glasses and contact lenses.

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What our patients say…

“I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.”
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“Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!”
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“Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!”
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“Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!”

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Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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