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.

There are several laser eye surgery techniques that alter the curve of the cornea.

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

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) removes the surface layer of cells – the epithelium – before applying the laser directly to the surface of the cornea. Healing takes longer as the surface layer grows back slowly.

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) encourages faster healing, as surface layers are preserved as a flap that is moved aside to allow the laser reshaping. At the end of the procedure the flap is replaced and heals overnight.

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

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 and contact us to know if it’s right for you.

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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.