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Laser eye surgery services

At Auckland Eye we offer three main options for laser eye surgery, including SMILE Pro, the most advanced laser vision correction technology. We were the leaders bringing SMILE technology to Auckland in 2015 and now we have invested in the safest version of SMILE Pro for our patients.


Advanced, precise and fast laser surgery.


A two-step, two laser process to change the shape of the cornea.


Surface laser ablation, using only an excimer laser to reshape the cornea.


Advanced laser vision correction for treating age-related loss of near vision, also known as presbyopia.

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Understanding laser eye surgery

Laser surgery changes the shape of the cornea, correcting focus and eliminating the need for glasses or contacts. It’s not only a permanent solution, it’s customised too – because everyone’s eyes are different.

Laser vision correction, also called refractive surgery, is an umbrella term for eye treatments that use a laser to reshape the cornea. These treatments are popular because they offer long-term freedom from glasses and contacts – reshaping the cornea corrects focusing issues, and in most cases, results last for decades.

What problems does laser eye surgery fix?

Nearsightedness (myopia) – Light rays are refracted by the cornea and the lens in such a way that the focal point is in front of the retina. It is the most common focusing problem treated by laser eye surgery. Depending on the degree of myopia, near objects appear in sharp focus while distant objects appear out of focus.
Astigmatism – The irregular curvature of the cornea causes the light rays to be refracted into multiple focal points and not just one. Depending on the extent of astigmatism, objects both near and far can appear skewed and distorted. Astigmatism may occur in conjunction with both near or far-sightedness.
Hyperopia (far-sightedness) – Hyperopia occurs when the eye is smaller than the ‘perfect eye’, causing images to be focused past the retina. Farsightedness is a near vision problem although sometimes distance vision can be blurred too.

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A computer-guided femtosecond laser creates a precise lens shaped disc (a lenticule) of tissue within the cornea, and a keyhole incision to remove it. The shape of the lenticule is customised to correct your vision.

Fastest and latest generation of vision correction treatment available.

Minimally invasive: as it is only a small incision – no flap and 100% blade free.

No flap: the risk of flap related complications is lower. (e.g. flap detachment, flap displacement, infection, dry eyes) Minimal discomfort during and after procedure.

Rapid recovery: SMILE offers a faster recovery compared to PRK.

Suited for many: patients with dry eyes or contact lens intolerance can benefit from SMILE PRO (those who are less suited to other procedures).

Availability: not all ophthalmology clinics offer SMILE Pro – but Auckland Eye does!

Not yet suitable for long-sightedness or very low levels of short-sightedness.

Initial technical assessment: FREE
Initial surgeon assessment: FREE

SMILE Pro surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes.

A femtosecond laser creates microscopic bubbles under the surface of the cornea to create a flap. The surgeon gently lifts this flap, and then uses an excimer laser to reshape the exposed area below, before smoothing the flap back into position.

Quick results: typically, rapid visual improvement and recovery, often within hours.

Minimal discomfort: most experience little discomfort during and after procedure.

Extensive experience: has been the standard treatment for over 20 years.

Wide applicability: suitable for a broad range of vision problems.

Potential risk of flap related complications (e.g. flap detachment, flap displacement, infection, dry eyes).

Initial technical assessment: FREE

Initial surgeon assessment: FREE

LASIK surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes.

The most superficial corneal layer is removed so that the underlying corneal tissue can be reshaped with an excimer laser.

Versatility: suitable for patients with thin or irregular corneas.

No flap: the risk of flap related complications is lower. (e.g. flap detachment, flap displacement, infection, dry eyes).

High impact: if your career or lifestyle involves high-impact activities, PRK may be the best choice.

Longer recovery period compared to LASIK and SMILE.

More discomfort compared to LASIK and SMILE.

Potential side effect of milky or blurry vision – haze.

Initial technical assessment: FREE

Initial surgeon assessment: FREE

PRK surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes.

This is an advanced LASIK treatment that transcends conventional blended vision / monovision methods by increasing the depth of field of each eye, offering a range of vision at all distances: near, intermediate, and far.

The procedure is LASIK, with Presbyond serving as a complementary enhancement to meet specific requirements.

Same benefits as LASIK.

Gives improved binocular vision over all distances compare to monovision.

Can be reversed with the use of glasses.

Same limitations as LASIK.

May be difficult to adapt to new vision (could potentially take up to 3 months). For this reason, all our Presbyond LASIK patients are required to undertake a contact lens simulation prior to the laser surgery to ensure their visual system adapts.

Initial technical assessment: FREE

Initial surgeon assessment: FREE

Contact Lens Simulation: $260

PRESBYOND surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes

diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis and treatment

The laser eye surgery comparison table is to be used as a guide only. You will need a full assessment from one our specialists to see which option is right for you.

Several types of laser treatment are available, depending on your specific eye problem, the condition of your cornea and other factors. Treatment is quick, straightforward and minimally invasive.

Before being treated, you will need to be assessed by a specialist ophthalmologist who will examine the cornea and take precise measurements to determine the appropriate laser correction method.

Laser surgery isn’t safe or effective for certain people, so your specialist will also ask about your general health and other factors before recommending a course of treatment.

Cost and finance

Laser eye surgery prices:

  • Initial technical assessment: FREE
  • Initial surgeon assessment: FREE
  • SMILE Pro surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes
  • LASIK surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes

Payment options:

  • Cash, Bank Cheque, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and Amex are all accepted.
  • Auckland Eye is pleased to offer finance with Q Card and
    Q MasterCard® for laser surgery. We offer 24 months interest free with no payments for the first 3 months*.

Terms and conditions:

*Finance not available online. No payments and no interest for 3 months (“Payment Holiday”) and no interest for a further 21 months is available on Flexi Payment Plans. Minimum purchase $2,500. Offer is ongoing. Annual Account Fee of $50 applies. Existing Cardholder fee – $35 Advance fee. New Cardholder fee – $55 Establishment fee. Minimum payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required once the Payment Holiday ends. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period. Standard Interest Rate, currently 25.25% p.a. applies to any outstanding balance at end of interest free period. Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply.

To apply for a Q MasterCard for Laser Eye Surgery, click here.

How much can you save with laser eye surgery?

Laser vision correction surgery not only offers you the potential of freedom from glasses or contacts lenses – it can also save you money!

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You Save:


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Cost of presciption sunglasses / Year

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SMILE Pro surgery: $3,200 per eye

LASIK surgery: $3,200 per eye

Let’s get you seeing clearly, so you can live life to the fullest.

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