With SMILE, you can safely and comfortably break free from your glasses and contact lenses

This advanced flap-free, low-invasive procedure is perfect for those with active lifestyles

With SMILE, you can safely and comfortably break free from your glasses and contact lenses

This advanced flap-free, low-invasive procedure is perfect for those with active lifestyles

After SMILE, what could stop you living your best life?

  • SMILE corrects nearsightedness, astigmatism, or both. As with other laser treatments, you must first undergo a comprehensive eye exam to know if you are a good candidate. There are many important factors, such as the nature and severity of the abnormality, the curvature and the thickness of the cornea. Your profession and hobbies are also important.
  • SMILE can also be an interesting option for contact sports patients, pilots, military personnel and security personnel.
  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a minimally invasive and flapless eye laser treatment that is very comfortable and stress-free for the patient. The top layer of the cornea remains intact, so that the eye recovers faster and stronger and you have less problems with dry eyes.
  • A small piece of tissue (lenticule) is laser cut into the cornea, after which it is removed through an extremely small incision.
  • The recovery after SMILE is extremely fast. Soon after the procedure you can work, shower or apply makeup again. Sports and driving are often possible the day after the treatment.
  • Minimally invasive and gentle with a very small incision
  • No flap, which reduces the risk of dry eyes
  • A very comfortable and stress-free experience for the patient
  • Fast recovery and recovery within the first days
  • High accuracy, predictability and quality of vision in general
  • Interesting treatment for patients who practice contact sports, pilots, military, security personnel
  • Odourless and noiseless silent treatment
  • Smile laser eye surgery is eye surgery. The chance that complications will occur is extremely rare , but since it concerns an intervention, the chance is never 0%. We like to compare it with the risks during a car journey: the chance of an accident decreases as the driver has more experience, is safe and has a well-controlled car, and respects all the rules. It is the same with laser eye surgery : the chance of a complication is already very low, and it decreases even more with more experience and with better and well-controlled equipment.
  • Of course, there are alternatives for every treatment, including SMILE. Other laser treatments on the cornea are usually, or often, also possible. For higher degrees of myopia, we do not like to perform LASEK, but FemtoLASIK is often a good alternative. You can also choose presbyond if you are older than 45 years.
  • Instead of treating the cornea, you can also treat at the level of the lens.
  • For example, you can opt for an ICL implant, or a lens replacement operation.
  • All options are explained in detail during a thorough preliminary investigation.
  • The treatment takes fifteen minutes, the laser treatment itself only 2 seconds.
  • It is best to go home shortly after the procedure to rest for a while. Moderate hindrance may occur during the first three hours, after which vision quickly recovers. Disinfecting and moisturising eye drops are prescribed that you should use immediately after the procedure.
  • We look forward to seeing you for a check-up the following day. Afterwards, you only have to come for a check-up after 1 month and after 1 year.
  • Every healing process is different, but usually, vision is pretty good after one to two days. In most cases, you can already drive, work or do sports without your glasses or contact lenses.
  • When we look at our results to date with SMILE, we see that in 91% of cases we have an accuracy of +/-0.5 dioptres, and in 100% of cases an accuracy of +/-1.0 dioptre. Our average error was -0.28 dioptres.
  • We also see that the result of the treatment is super stable: we do not see any relapse of the effect over the various years.

Discover if you can be free from glasses and contact lenses

The best way to find out if laser eye treatment is right for you is to have a free assessment. We'll examine your eyes and get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and laser vision correction options

Three easy steps to free yourself from glasses and contacts

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Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. The first step is to find out if laser eye surgery can help you. You can take a self test, call us or use our online calendar to book a free assessment.

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We will answer your questions during your free assessment and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle and needs. You will feel confident understanding the best treatment option for your unique eyes.

Enjoy your freedom

After treatment, everyone tells us how surprised they are by how quickly their lives changed. They also mention that they wish they had done it years earlier! When people say yes to eye treatment, they are saying yes to a new life, free from the limitation of glasses and contacts!

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What our patients say…

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“From -11 in both eyes to perfect vision without lenses or glasses… Truly fantastic! Fantastic doctor and practice!”


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“Very satisfied with my treatment at the Goes Eye Center! Thank you very much for this qualitative intervention, the efficient service and the smooth communication.”


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" The staff and Dr. Goes rightly put you at ease.
The treatment was completely painless. I should have done this treatment much sooner!

Highly recommended for everyone, the result is FANTASTIC!”

K. D

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Take this quick quiz to see if you can be free of glasses and contacts

Not everyone is suitable for laser eye treatment. Your options change depending on your eyes, your age and your lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment (if any), is right for you by taking this 2 min quiz:

Your laser eye surgeon in Antwerp, Dr. Frank Goes Jr

He’ll be your personal guide on your journey to visual freedom

With over 20 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

I am and have been a board member for different national and international professional societies on eye surgery, and I have the privilege to give several national and international courses on cataract and refractive surgery.

Good vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery depends on the expertise of the provider. The provider must also have access to precise tools. The best eye surgeons know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I try to be one of those surgeons

Dr. Frank Goes Jr

Chief Executive & Eye Surgeon