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Start a new chapter of your life adventure with intraocular contact lenses (ICLs) in Melbourne

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Discover the benefits of intraocular contact lenses in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains how patients feel after ICL surgery
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Who can our life-changing treatments help?

If you see yourself in how I describe my ideal patients below, we can certainly help you enhance your every waking moment with amazing natural vision
I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

Imagine waking up tomorrow and seeing clearly without having to scramble around for your glasses or going to the bathroom to put in your lenses? Every aspect of life becomes more enjoyable when you free yourself from the things that slow you down, hold you back and get in your way.

Embark on your next big adventure towards authentic vision by booking a free appointment today.

I'm very active but my glasses and contacts get in my way

I’m very active but my glasses and contacts get in my way

Spontaneity, fun and the unknown are key ingredients of a great adventure. But these aren’t words you often associate with glasses and contacts. Beach days, camping trips and late nights – or any activity that isn’t sleeping – requires you to consider your eyes first. *Yawn*, we feel bored just thinking about it.

Escape the barriers that hold you back from unleashing your full potential by booking a free appointment today.

Take the first step towards a life free from glasses and contacts

Take the first step towards a life free from glasses and contacts

If you would like to celebrate the everyday with exceptional vision, give us a call or book your free discovery appointment. Your bigger life can truly begin when you take a step out of your comfort zone.

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Your life after intraocular contact lens treatment

Every aspect of life becomes more enjoyable when you free yourself from the things that slow you down, hold you back and get in your way

Clarity creates simplicity

After implantable contact lenses, you’re instantly liberated from glasses and contact lenses. You no longer have to worry about any frustrating glasses or contact lens-related mishaps and can live life with more fun, spontaneity and freedom.

Thrive amid adversity

In light of current world events, trips abroad and big social events are temporarily on hold. Sure, this is disappointing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy life. We believe that every day can be an adventure if you change how you see the world with intraocular contact lenses.

Appreciate everything

Bouldering in the Blue Mountains, surfing in Sydney or kayaking in Kalbarri are all great, but so many of us spend our days waiting for these massive life events then wind up missing life’s daily beauty in the meantime. When you change how you see the world with implantable contact lenses, you’ll realise there are actually plenty of daily adventures to be had right on your own doorstep.

Do more of what makes you happy

Sure, we might be in the midst of a pandemic, but that doesn’t need to stop you from embarking on your next big adventure towards authentic vision. If anything, it should encourage you to start living for today. We appreciate your concerns, share your desires, and make it possible for you to start experiencing amazing natural vision tailored to your lifestyle. Right. Now.

Clarity creates simplicity

After implantable contact lenses, you’ll have fantastic, unaided vision and will no longer be dependent on glasses and contact lenses to see clearly.

Thrive amid adversity

You will be amazed by how confident and carefree you’ll feel. Many of our patients express feeling resilient and raring to go.

Appreciate everything

There comes a point in life when you start to appreciate what matters most. Great vision gives you the clarity to enjoy every moment with the people you love.

Do more of what makes you happy

Every day is a new adventure when you rediscover aspects of your life you thought you’d lost.

Want to start your next adventure today?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

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Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

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WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses. 

How does it work?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment

WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses.

Intraocular contact lens treatment explained

Everything you need to know about intraocular contact lens treatment
Intraocular contact lenses (ICLs) are excellent for patients who are not suitable to have LASIK/PRK. 

Patients who have high myopia (>-10D), high astigmatism or hyperopia with deep anterior chambers are best suited to have this surgery.

Patients whose cornea is too thin to have LASIK, PRK or SMILE® may be good candidates to have ICL surgery.

ICL sits between the natural lens of the eye and the iris. They work in a similar way to traditional contact lenses by focusing light through the lens and onto the retina.

The lenses are extremely thin and are tolerated well in the eye.

ICL surgery gives patients excellent visual results. The patient’s natural lens remains in place, which means you maintain your normal ability to accommodate (see distance and close up). The procedure is reversible, and the lenses can be removed if not tolerated.

Intraocular contact lenses (ICL’s) are an excellent option for patients who are not suitable to have corneal refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, SMILE).

ICL’s are very safe; however, any kind of intraocular surgery inherently has the risk of:

  • Endophthalmitis (infection)
  • Glaucoma
  • Induced cataract
  • Retinal detachment
  • Need for ICL removal

We offer ICL surgery in cases where corneal refractive surgery is not appropriate or is unsafe. 

The alternative would be to use glasses or contact lenses and not proceed with surgery.

Step 1: We anaesthetise the eye using a topical anaesthetic drop. 

Step 2: We usually operate on each eye separately on separate days. Still, it is possible to be done on the same day if necessary. 

Step 3: We place the ICL device between the normal lens and the iris. We then wash the eye out with and inject an antibiotic into the eye. 

Step 4: Patients are seen immediately after surgery to ensure the lens is sitting correctly.

ICL’s give great visual acuity results. In one study, ICL’s were placed in the eyes of patients who were US military warfighters: 3 months after surgery, the uncorrected visual acuity was 20/20 or better in 96% of patients. 

No significant complications were observed in this study.1

What our patients say...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!

Kate Luscombe

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I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.

Ash Redward

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!

Trish Toth

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!

Zac Puplett

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Links to authoritative resources on intraocular contact lenses

Follow the links below for more information on intraocular contact lenses

A meta-analysis and review on the accuracy of ICL. Click here for more information – National Library and Medicine

The STAAR implantable contact lens compares favourably to LASIK in an FDA trial; high patient satisfaction found. Click here for more information – Healio. 

About the expert

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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