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Embark on a new chapter of your life adventure with LASIK laser eye surgery in Melbourne

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Discover the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains the benefits of LASIK
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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I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses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

The best way to find out if LASIK or SMILE laser eye surgery is right for you is to have a free initial appointment. You’ll get a clear answer from me on your suitability and treatment options

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Your life after LASIK

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

Explore without glasses or contact lenses

Wave goodbye to outdated glasses and contact lenses. After LASIK laser eye surgery, you’ll be taking on 2020 with 20/20 vision.

Discover the new you

The best project you’ll ever work on is yourself. With your new vision, staying fit and looking after yourself will be your new favourite past time.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf

Whether you’re into paragliding, mountain climbing or couch surfing, your new vision will enable you to adapt to any activity you wish to pursue.  

Fill your life with adventures, not things

Throwing your glasses and contact lenses away will mark the beginning of your new life adventure as you begin to experience the world through brand new eyes.

See without glasses or contact lenses

Wave goodbye to outdated glasses and contact lenses. After LASIK laser eye surgery, you’ll be taking on 2020 with 20/20 vision.

Look great and feel even better

The best project you’ll ever work on is yourself. With your new vision, staying fit and looking after yourself will be your new favourite past time.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf

Whether you’re into paragliding, mountain climbing or couch surfing, your new vision will enable you to adapt to any activity you wish to pursue.  

Fill your life with adventures, not things

Throwing your glasses and contact lenses away will mark the beginning of your new life adventure as you begin to experience the world through brand new eyes.

Want to start your next adventure today?

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.

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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.

LASIK explained

Everything you need to know about LASIK laser eye surgery

As a general rule of thumb, LASIK can correct prescriptions of:

For patients who fall outside of these ranges, other refractive surgery options may still be available such as PRK, SMILE®, or ICL procedures.

Despite having a prescription within the treatable range of LASIK, some patients will still not be suitable for refractive surgery. These are usually patients with a corneal condition, such as keratoconus or corneal scarring, that may be exacerbated during the surgery. Other patients who may be best to avoid LASIK are those whose poor vision is due to an underlying eye disease rather than refractive error. Such diseases include eye cataract, macular degeneration, and lazy eye.

We use the most accurate and reliable variation of LASIK surgery to achieve the best results. 

LASIK eye surgery is a two-step procedure. At Eye Laser Specialists, we use lasers for both steps. This has improved accuracy and reliability compared to another variation of LASIK, which uses a manual bladed instrument for the first stage.

You will not require a general anaesthetic for this procedure; however, we will anaesthetise your eye with topical eye drops. We can also offer you a mild sedative for additional comfort.

We use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap of corneal tissue in just 15 seconds. We then lift the flap to allow access to the underlying tissue before applying the second laser to the cornea. This is a process known as photoablation. This is where the laser removes selected areas of tissue to reshape the cornea so that light refracting through this tissue will focus perfectly on the retina and form a clear image. Once the excimer laser step is complete, we reposition the flap. The entire process takes about 10 minutes for both eyes.

Advantages

  • Precise and highly accurate
  • Painless surgery
  • Rapid recovery
  • Excellent visual results
  • Can treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and mixed astigmatism
  • Easy to perform enhancement surgery with LASIK 

Disadvantages

  • Creates a flap which has potential complications such as flap dislodgement; infection and epithelial ingrowth

As with any surgery, there are certain risks. 

Some major, but extremely uncommon risks include: 

  • Loss of best-corrected vision
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Corneal infection

Minor risks include:

  • Dry eye
  • Dysphotopsia (night vision difficulties including glare and halos)
  • Regression (The need for glasses or further laser correction in the future)

LASIK is an excellent, reliable surgery that has been performed millions of times globally. 

However, for those who aren’t suitable, alternative laser vision correction procedures include PRK, SMILE for myopia, and PRK for hyperopia (not recommended). 

Alternative lens-based procedures such as ICL and refractive lens exchange are not suitable for corneal laser corrective surgery. 

Step 1: Creating the flap

We create a flap using a highly precise femtosecond laser.

Step 2: Relocating the patient

We then move you over to the MEL90 excimer laser.

Step 3: Folding back the flap

We then gently fold the flap back, exposing the inner corneal tissue to be treated. 

Step 4: Correcting the error

The MEL90 excimer laser reshapes the corneal tissue correcting the refractive error.

Step 5: Repositioning the flap

The flap is returned to its original position, protecting the eye like a natural bandage.

LASIK surgery using the Zeiss MEL90 laser has a proven track record of excellent results:

  • 100% within 1 D of planned surgery
  • 99% vision 20/25 or better1

LASIK has a very low complication rate:

  • Loss of 1 line best corrected visual acuity 2.4%(1:50)
  • Loss of 2 lines best corrected visual acuity 0.1% (1:1000) 2

What our patients say...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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

Kate Luscombe

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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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Take this quick quiz to discover if you could escape the barrier of glasses and contact lenses

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Not everyone can benefit from laser eye treatment – your options change depending on your eyes, age and lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment is right for you by taking this quick 2 min quiz:

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Links to authoritative resources on LASIK

Follow the links below for more information on LASIK

An overview of the benefits of LASIK. Click here for more information – Your Sight Matters

Studies show that LASIK has little negative effect and in fact, is now safer and more beneficial than ever. Click here for more information – Fox News

A review of LASIK terminology explains where the procedure stands today. Click here for more information – Healio

An overview of the success of LASIK in 2020. 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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