The Ladies Who Are Smiling

The 3rd generation Zeiss VisuMax SMILE procedure boasts many benefits in comparison with previous generations of laser eye surgery. For example, short recovery period, no damage to corneal nerves and it is highly effective. However, we have found that another benefit of the SMILE procedure, and as the name suggests, it leaves the patient smiling. Three of our smiling VisuMax patients give their account of the procedure and how it has helped them.


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Clodagh from Galway

“I never liked glasses and couldn’t tolerate my contact lenses any longer. I also run quite a lot and I would often have to stop to readjust my contact lens or even worse it would fall out! One of the main reasons I decided to go ahead with the procedure was the short recovery period (24-48 hours) which means I can get back to running and all my other activities right after having the procedure. I would 100% recommend this treatment.”


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Claire from Lurgan

“With my prescription I was very reliant on either glasses or contact lenses. I found sport or holidays having to wear contact lenses can be a nuisance. I play volleyball locally and I am in the N.Ireland women’s squad, it’s vital that my vision is good and I couldn’t afford to be changing contact lenses half way through a game. Having seen the great results that the SMILE laser was producing with the fast recovery time. It was a perfect choice for me. I had the SMILE laser procedure done on a Friday and the Wednesday after I was playing a match with no problems. It’s brilliant to not have to rely on contact lenses for sport, making sure you have spares with you in case something happens etc. Even the simple fact of not having to reach for my glasses first thing in the morning is amazing!”


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Stacey from Newtonmountkennedy

“I was so relieved to find that I was a suitable candidate for the VisuMax SMILE treatment having searched for a solution for years. Even better was the fact that I could have it done just a short drive away. I had a fantastic experience with Cathedral Eye Clinic, they understood my issues thoroughly from the very first call I made. The treatment was virtually pain free and I felt an improvement in a matter of days. It has changed my life in the simplest but most meaningful ways – I now drive to and from work in the dark, something I could never have done before.”


To book a suitability appointment for the VisuMax SMILE treatment call our state of the art Belfast clinic on 028 9032 2020 or email



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