Comparison – eye laser surgery

SMILE, LASIK and PRK are eye laser (refractive) surgery procedures that are offered at Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre, as they are proven, predictable, have superior eye tracking and customised treatment ability, meaning they are able to be tailored for each unique eye. Read more about the benefits and risks of each below.



  • Quickest recovery
  • Minimally invasive
  • Pain free
  • Low risk of dry eye or infection
  • Silent and odourless
  • Fastest procedure


  • Newest procedure, no long term studies yet completed
  • Generally higher cost

Find out more about SMILE



  • Quick visual recovery
  • Pain free
  • Most widely performed eye laser surgery


  • Higher incidence of dry eye
  • Higher chance of infection (still low)
  • Minimal sound and some incidence of odour

Find out more about LASIK



  • 100% laser procedure
  • Low risk of dry eye or infection
  • Cost effective
  • Suitable for people with thin corneas who may not be suitable for SMILE or LASIK


  • Slowest recovery
  • Some pain and discomfort experienced during recovery
  • Some sounds and odour experienced during procedure

Find out more about PRK

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Our staff are always available to discuss any further questions you may have or to arrange a pre-operative assessment for you to see the clinical optometrist and surgeon.

Are you suitable for eye laser surgery?

Not all people are suitable for laser surgery and a thorough examination with an Ophthalmologist is necessary to determine suitability, however, there are some general guidelines and questions which can provide an initial indication of suitability. Take the suitability test and take your first step to a clearer brighter future.

Your questions answered here

We understand that having eye laser surgery is an important decision and that you may have questions about the procedure, your immediate recovery and what you can expect in the days, weeks and months after surgery. We have answered as many as we can here.