Lasers have been used in eye surgery for more than 30 years to correct focusing problems. Precise reshaping of the cornea allows for accurate refocusing and glasses-free vision.

The most technologically advanced techniques allow us to use the laser to reshape the cornea without disturbing the surface of the eye.

SSILK Laser Eye Surgery Foggy GlassesMILE Vision Correction

SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) takes laser reshaping to a whole new level. The entire procedure is performed within the cornea without cutting the surface and at the end a tiny laser incision is made to remove the lenticule. SMILE is less invasive, heals fast and leaves the eye stronger, so physical activity can be resumed almost immediately.

SMILE can treat short-sightedness (myopia), and astigmatism and soon will be able to treat long-sightedness (hyperopia).

Why is SMILE or Lenticular surgery becoming the 1st choice in Laser Vision Correction?

  • Keyhole – minimally invasive
  • Blade Free Technology
  • Painless
  • Rapid Recovery
  • Less potential complications

Smile is the result of continuous improvement in laser technology in particular Femtosecond laser or 3rd generation. Smile is used for qualified candidates to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism allowing people to experience natural and clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

Why is SMILE Different?

SMILE is differentiated from LASIK or PRK by its keyhole minimally invasive treatment design resulting in fewer potential side effects. PRK removes the outer layer of the cornea to obtain access to the inlayers to be reshaped. LASIK often referred to as a Flap and Zap procedure requires the creation of a Flap in the cornea with inlayers sculptured.

SMILE is also different due to the outer layers remaining almost virtually intact. Your Ophthalmologist programs the laser to create a lenticular disc shape which can be removed via a tiny 2mm keyhole created by the laser. The new shape is created within seconds with minimal healing or disruption to your normal lifestyle.


Dr Versace has been performing SMILE procedures for many years. He was involved in its development as a member of the Zeiss advisory group and was an early adopter of the technology in Australia.

Watch the videos to get a better understanding of how SMILE works.

More on SMILE Laser Eye Surgery

In the following video, Dr Versace explains the SMILE laser surgery procedure.

Find out if SMILE Laser Eye Surgery is right for you.

Contact us to book an assessment, Call us on 02 8080 2180 or send us an email to organise an appointment.


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Dr Patrick Versace Laser Vision Correction Sydney

Dr Patrick Versace

Ophthalmic Surgeon

With over 30 years’ experience in Ophthalmology, Dr Versace is a leader in ophthalmic surgery in Sydney, Australia. Specialising in cataract and refractive surgery, Dr Versace uses a personalised, empathetic approach, recognising each patient is unique. Dr Versace is committed to using the most technologically advanced techniques to ensure the best possible patient experience and outcomes.