Free yourself from glasses and contacts with SMILE laser eye surgery in Melbourne

We’re the first clinic in Melbourne to offer SMILE laser eye surgery – the latest in vision correction treatment to transform the way you see the world


Discover the benefits of SMILE laser eye surgery in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains how patients feel after SMILE
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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I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses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 SMILE

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

And so the adventure begins with SMILE

After SMILE laser eye surgery, we hope you’ll be liberated from glasses and contact lenses. You should no longer have to worry about any frustrating glasses or contact lens-related mishaps and can live life with more fun, spontaneity and freedom.

Explore the world around you

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 SMILE.

Make today amazing

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 SMILE laser eye surgery, you’ll realise there are actually plenty of daily adventures to be had right on your own doorstep.

Work on you, for you

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.

And so the adventure begins with SMILE

After SMILE laser eye surgery, you’ll reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses to see.

The world is yours to explore

You’ll feel more spontaneous and adventurous as you begin to experience life without limitations.

Make today amazing

Our patients can’t believe how much more fun life is after SMILE. They love waking up in the morning and leaving the house to enjoy whatever activity they like, without the fuss of contacts and glasses.

Work on you, for you

SMILE laser eye surgery will enable you to unleash your full potential every single day.

Want to start your next adventure today?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps


Book a free appointment or give us a call on 0390700910 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

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We’ll ensure you’re a good candidate before treating you at our state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.


We’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


Book a free appointment or give us a call on 0390700910 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment


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


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

SMILE explained

Everything you need to know about SMILE laser eye surgery
Since 1991, eye surgeons offered a one-size-fits-all procedure called LASIK. Every day, thousands of people had LASIK because that was the staple of the laser eye surgery world – and it’s still great.

One day about ten years ago (2011), a brilliant team of German scientists revolutionized laser eye surgery. They introduced a less-invasive and flapless procedure and called it SMILE.

Because of that, millions of people who either couldn’t have LASIK or didn’t like the idea of a flap chose SMILE.

SMILE® stands for “small incision lenticule extraction” and combines the best of both worlds from PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) techniques.

SMILE is an excellent option for many patients with a refractive error who wish to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Since its introduction, over 4 million eyes have seen the benefits of SMILE® laser surgery1, allowing patients to continue their active lifestyles without impediment from their glasses or contacts with LASIK surgery.

Am I suitable for SMILE®?

Laser eye surgery in Melbourne is now available to more patients than ever before with the introduction of SMILE® technology at Eye Laser Specialists. Though the usual exclusion criteria do apply, refractive surgery is now more accessible with the added advantages of the SMILE® technique.

Before entering the SMILE® operating theatre, you will undergo a thorough clinical assessment with the ophthalmology team. This is to ascertain your suitability for the procedure and to take the appropriate measurements necessary to guide the laser in creating the precise lenticule.

SMILE® may be most suited to:

Patients with pre-existing dry eye

Other refractive surgery techniques can carry a big risk factor for the exacerbation of pre-existing dry eye or the new development of dry eye due to the nature of the surgery. Dry eye post-operatively from SMILE® is exceedingly rare due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, allowing better preservation of the corneal nerves. The incidence of dry eye in the general population increases with age, making SMILE® an excellent option for older generations.

Patients who play contact sports or work in environments with risk of trauma

SMILE® is a flapless procedure, eradicating all risks of flap-related complications. Patients can return to their hobbies and work without concern of mild trauma or dirty environments, causing a corneal flap to dislodge or move, or debris to get caught under the flap.

Patients who can’t afford a long recovery time

Many of us lead busy lives, and taking time off work can be difficult. Because SMILE® is such a minimally invasive procedure, most patients find they can drive and return to work within 2 to 3 days after surgery. Though vision may take a few weeks to stabilise, the majority of patients find they can see quite clearly the immediate day after surgery.

SMILE works by using a femtosecond laser to remove a small piece of corneal tissue called a lenticule through a keyhole incision. This reshapes the cornea and corrects your vision. The total time spent on the operating bed is about 10-20 minutes but the procedure itself, from the incision to the laser to the removal of the lenticule, takes only a few minutes per eye.

What are the advantages of SMILE laser eye surgery?

The benefits of SMILE® eye surgery are numerous, which is why this technique is considered a revolutionary refractive surgery procedure.


During LASIK eye surgery, a superficial flap of corneal tissue is created to allow the laser to access the underlying layers. Although uncommon, some complications can arise from the creation of this flap. SMILE® eliminates the need to form a flap and therefore eliminates all flap-related risks.

Minimally invasive

The term minimally invasive refers to the minimal amount of tissue affected during the surgery. As the superficial layers of the cornea are left intact, this contributes to improved biomechanical stability of this structure and promotes faster healing when compared to the LASIK procedure.

Single-step procedure

The fewer steps and movements in a surgical procedure, the better. SMILE only uses one laser for the entire technique, meaning we do not need to move the patient from one machine to another. This also reduces the incidence of technique-related complications.

Fast recovery

Due to its minimally invasive nature and keyhole incision, the physical recovery after a SMILE® operation is very quick.

Lower risk of dry eye post-operatively

When compared to the LASIK procedure, SMILE® carries a much lower incidence of postoperative dry eye complications. This is due to fewer corneal nerves being affected during the SMILE® procedure, which is important for the healthy and normal production of tears.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Major risks which are very rare:

  • Loss of BCVA
  • Infection
  • Corneal ectasia

Minor risks include:

  • Retained lenticule
  • Suction loss
  • Need for enhancement surgery
  • Dry eye

We will always recommend SMILE surgery If patients are suitable to have either SMILE, LASIK or PRK as we know that the outcomes are excellent with less dry eye and less need for future enhancement treatments.

Step 1: Lenticule creation

We create a small piece of corneal tissue (lenticule) and a small incision inside the intact cornea

Step 2: Lenticule removal

We remove the lenticule through the incision

Step 3: Impairment is corrected

Removing the lenticule changes the shape of the cornea, achieving a vision correction

SMILE has excellent refractive results, less dry eye, better contrast and less induced aberrations than other refractive laser platforms.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

We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.


News & FAQs

Discover more about how our laser eye surgery procedures can make your every day an adventure

Discover why 90% of our laser eye surgery patients choose SMILE

SMILE, the world’s latest advancement in vision treatment, is now in Melbourne

SMILE® is the latest, 3rd generation of laser vision correction for patients with myopia (short-sightedness) and astigmatism.

Compared to its predecessors, PRK and LASIK, SMILE is minimally invasive and poses fewer post-surgery complications and side effects.3

With traditional LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create a flap in the cornea. The surgeon then folds the flap back to allow the second laser to reshape corneal tissue underneath, correcting the visual error. Although this method works well, there is a higher incidence of dry eye and flap-related complications.

With SMILE®, the outer corneal layer of the eye remains largely intact. Using a laser, the surgeon creates a lenticule (tissue disc) inside the cornea, which they then remove through a small 2mm incision. The cornea’s surface remains almost untouched, and there is less disturbance of the corneal nerves. This means patients can expect shorter treatment times, faster recovery, fewer side effects and excellent visual outcomes.4

How did you feel after SMILE laser eye surgery in Melbourne?

Surgery Day

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Take this quick quiz to discover if you could be free from glasses & contact lenses

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 eyes, age and lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment is right for you by taking this quick 2 min quiz:


Links to authoritative resources on SMILE

Follow the links below for more information on SMILE laser eye treatment

An overview of laser vision correction techniques and why SMILE is the latest advance in laser vision surgery. Click here for more information – Harvard Health Publishing.

In this study, SMILE is investigated and shows good efficacy, safety, and predictability along with some interesting differences compared with LASIK. Click here for more information – Ophthalmology Times

This article explains why SMILE appears similar to LASIK with respect to refractive outcome accuracy when correcting low myopia, but appears to be even more predictable when treating higher myopia. Click here for more information – Ophthalmology Times

If you have to deal with the hassle of corrective lenses, ditching them for perfect eyesight sounds like a dream come true. The best way to achieve that goal is through laser eye surgery. There are a few different laser procedures to choose from, three of the most common being PRK, LASIK, and SMILE. Even if you think your eyes are too difficult to correct with surgery, this may not be the case. Click here to find out about SMILE laser eye surgery and other treatments available.

About Eye Laser Specialists

Our experts bring a combined 40 years of eye surgery experience to Melbourne

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.


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

Dr Roufail is an experienced Ophthalmologist with extensive experience in intraocular surgery. He performs well over 500 intraocular surgeries a year treating retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease, surgical macular disease, cataract and refractive surgery.

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