Restore your vision and remove your need for glasses with lifestyle cataract surgery in Melbourne

Discover how this revolutionary treatment removes your cataracts and corrects your prescription to give you greater visual freedom

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Restore your vision and remove your need for glasses with lifestyle cataract surgery in Melbourne

Discover how this revolutionary treatment removes your cataracts and corrects your prescription to give you greater visual freedom

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BOOK A FREE APPOINTMENT

Your life after lifestyle cataract surgery

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

See the world

After the surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts and should be able to see a full range of distances without your glasses.

Liberate your soul

Watch your frustration and anxiety with glasses and contact lenses melt away. We’re sure you’ll feel liberated from any symptoms related to your poor, cloudy vision.

It’s the small pieces that make the big picture

Our patients are often amazed by the detail they weren’t able to see with cataracts. They notice that they are more engaged in previously unconsidered hobbies and activities.

Find joy in the journey

After the surgery, our patients often have a new lease of life. Realising that age is only a number, they feel rejuvenated and youthful.

See the world

After lifestyle cataract surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts, and you’ll be able to see a full range of distances without your glasses.

Liberate your soul

Watch your frustration and anxiety with glasses and contact lenses will melt away. You’ll feel liberated, open-minded and free from any niggling symptoms that were related to your poor, cloudy vision.

It’s the small pieces that make the big picture

Our patients are often amazed by the detail they weren’t able to see with cataracts, and notice that they’re more engaged in hobbies and activities they hadn’t previously considered.

Find joy in the journey

After refractive cataract surgery, our patients have a new lease of life. They feel rejuvenated and youthful for their years and realise that age really is just a number.

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 0390700910 and we’ll 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 0390700910 and we’ll 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.

Lifestyle cataract surgery explained

Everything you need to know about lifestyle cataract surgery

Lifestyle cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment3 for many middle-aged patients with high refractive errors.

Most patients with cataracts are suitable to have it removed. Yet, there are other factors to consider before entering the surgical theatre.

A consultation with the experienced clinicians at Eye Laser Specialists can determine if you are suitable for treatment at our Eye Spa. Treatment before surgery may be recommended for pre-existing dry eye. Other times, vision is unlikely to improve from cataract removal. This is the case for visually significant eye diseases.

Before surgery

An important part of the preoperative consultation with your ophthalmologist is choosing the lens implant.

We conduct full assessments for cataract surgery at Eye Laser Specialists. We have acquired the most sophisticated Biometry technology in the Zeiss IOL Master 700 with central topography and real-time integration with the operating microscope.

Technology has advanced to the point to allow us to offer lens implants that can correct your distance vision, intermediate vision and near vision. These lenses are called multifocal (MF) and extended depth of focus (EDoF) intraocular lenses. They reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses after your surgical procedure.

During surgery

We perform cataract and lens surgery at Windsor Private Hospital which is 3km from Eye Laser Specialists. Windsor Private is a boutique Day Surgery Facility that is equipped with the Alcon Infinity Phaco-emulsification system and the Zeiss Callisto Microscope which provides the surgeons with co-axial illumination for mulitfocal IOL alignment and the digital toric alignment system for increased precision in astigmatism management at the time of cataract surgery.

We performed cataract surgery under local anaesthetic. We also offer light sedation for anxious patients. We insert an ultrasound probe into the eye via a very small incision in the cornea to break up the cataract. We then remove the pieces of cataract from the eye and position a clear surgical-grade plastic lens (artificial lens) in its place.

After surgery

The operation is typically performed on one eye at a time and takes around half an hour. We will place a protective shield over the eye, and give you a regimen of postoperative drops to aid healing. Your vision will likely be blurry for a couple of days after surgery, but it should clear up quickly.

Advantages

  • Excellent and predictable vision results4
  • We can tailor the intraocular lens to your individual needs
  • We perform surgery during the day, so you can return home the same day
  • The use of intraocular lenses offers a good alternative treatment for presbyopia

Disadvantages

  • We usually operate on the eyes on separate days
  • The intraocular lens can develop a posterior capsule opacity that may require laser treatments in future

Risks of lens surgery 

  • Loss of best-corrected visual acuity
  • Infection (Endophthalmitis) 1:2000 per eye
  • Risk of requiring a second operation should cloudy lens occur
  • Refractive error still requiring laser refractive surgery/ wearing glasses

The only way to improve the vision if you have a cataract is with laser-assisted cataract surgery. 

If you are not suitable to have corneal refractive procedures, refractive lens exchange is sometimes the best option.

Step 1: We prepare the eye with a sterile drape

Step 2: We apply the anaesthetic

Step 3: We remove the cataract with an ultrasound device (phacoemulsification)

Step 4: We insert the new multifocal lens into the eye

Step 5: We insert antibiotics into the eye 

Step 6: We place a clear shield over the eye which you must wear overnight 

Step 7: You must use anti-inflammatory eye drops for three weeks after surgery

After surgery, you’ll have reduced if not eliminated your need for glasses and contact lenses. You’ll have the freedom that some patients call “life-changing.”

Dr Anton Van Heerden is the current Head of Unit, Surgical Ophthalmology Services at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He is dedicated to improving cataract surgery outcomes in the public hospital setting. He has been involved in multiple cataract surgery research activities and is constantly striving for improving refractive cataract surgery outcomes.

Take this quiz to find out if you could be free from glasses or contacts

Take this quiz to find out if you could be free from glasses or contacts

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

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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 over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

The growing need for reading glasses and varifocals is a constant reminder that you’re getting older. Taking them on and off, leaving them at home or losing them can just about ruin any activity you had planned. Yes, of course, ageing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make the frustration and hassle of visual aids any easier to accept.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life adventure by booking a free appointment today.

I'm over 50 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

I’m over 40 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

Later life should be about spending time with friends and family, enjoying a relaxing retirement, and appreciating everything life has to offer now the hard work is over. Unfortunately, cataracts and presbyopia can impair your daily routine and get in the way of many activities you once loved.

Be free from cataracts and visual aids and celebrate the everyday with exceptional natural vision by booking a free appointment today.

Book a free discovery appointment and begin your journey to freedom from glasses and contact lenses

OPENING TIMES

Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM 

Saturday: 8:30AM – 12PM

CONTACT DETAILS

Call us on 0390700910 or use our online scheduler below to book a free appointment

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 the first step towards a life free from cataracts and glasses

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About Eye Laser Specialists

Our eye doctors bring a combined 40 years of eye surgery experience to Armadale, Melbourne

eye surgeon

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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Dr Edward Roufail, PHD, FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

As an experienced eye surgeon, Dr Edward Roufail has expertise in performing corneal refractive procedures, including SMILE, LASIK, PRK and Presbyond. He’s passionate about improving his patients’ eyesight through laser vision correction. Edward has performed thousands of cataract, retinal and macular surgeries and routinely, performs over 500 intraocular surgeries a year, including MFIOL and ICL. He is passionate about using the latest technology to deliver the best outcomes for patients.

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