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LASIK or SMILE? Which laser eye surgery treatment is better?

If someone’s suitable for both SMILE and LASIK, we always advocate that somebody go for SMILE surgery. The reason is that they both are excellent surgeries that give great results, and accurate results, just that SMILE has some advantages of LASIK.

Number one is that there’s no flap with SMILE surgery, which means that there’s less chance of having flap associated complications. And number two, there’s a less dry eye with SMILE as opposed to LASIK. Also, there’s about a 1 to 4% chance of requiring an enhancement after LASIK surgery. In our experience, that’s less than 1%. So, we’re very comfortable doing SMILE, we’re very confident with SMILE, and we know that the SMILE surgery will give you a great result. So, we always recommend that you have SMILE as opposed to LASIK, however, if you feel that you’d prefer to have LASIK that’s entirely your decision. We’re very comfortable doing LASIK because that is an excellent surgery as well.

If you want to see if you’re a good candidate to have eye laser surgery then we encourage you to take the self-test. It will take 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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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.