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What is SMILE? How does SMILE work?

SMILE is an acronym. It stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.

Harvard Health. 2021.Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE): It’s what’s new in laser vision correction – Harvard Health. Available here.

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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.