Like a blink of an eye​

SMILE pro - Next generation eye laser treatment

Why SMILE pro at the AOZ Heidelberg?

The AOZ Heidelberg is a ZEISS Reference Center for Refractive Surgery and is one of three eye laser centers in Germany where SMILE treatment is most frequently performed. With SMILE pro, the AOZ Augen-OP Zentrum + Praxis Heidelberg also offers the most advanced eye laser procedure. With the innovative VISUMAX 800, the treatment time of the eye with the femtosecond laser is reduced to about 10 seconds.

Next generation eye laser surgery
SMILE pro at AOZ Heidelberg


Laser treatment per eye
in just about 10 seconds


Shorter treatment time and aspiration duration for more safety


Smart robot assistance facilitates alignment and centering


Thanks to short laser time and
perfect patient positioning.

AOZ Eye Center + Practice Heidelberg – custom eye-surgery
for all distances and all ages.

AOZ Heidelberg is an independent, private owner-managed center for laser eye and ophthalmosurgery in the Universitytown of Heidelberg.

AOZ Eye Center + Practice Heidelberg is an Eye Laser Center and offers customized vision correction for the distance and near. We have highly qualified specialist for the various procedures.

Our goal ist to help patients obtain the best possible result. We live service and quality.

Prof. Dr. med. Frank Schlichtenbrede
Board certified Ophthalmosurgeon
Owner and Medical Director of the AOZ Heidelberg
Dr. med. Rainer Volz
Board certified Ophthalmosurgeon
Medical Director ICL & Cataract
Dr. med. Jaron Schilling
Board certified Ophthalmosurgeon
Medical Director Refractive Surgery
Dr. med. Christiane Schiltenwolf
Board certified Ophthalmologist
Svenja Sorm
Dr. med. Friedrich Betzer
Board certified Anaesthesiologist

Best recommendations – how others rank us

Our knowledge, our know-how – your advantage

Prof. Dr. med. Frank Schlichtenbrede, as owner and director of the AOZ Heidelberg, specializes in lens surgery and the anterior and posterior segment of the eye. Rainer Volz, MD, is a specialist in ICL and eye surgery. Jaron Schilling, MD, is our top surgeon for PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision, SMILE pro and LASIK. Together they have performed thousands of intraocular procedures. Christiane Schiltenwolf, MD, specializes in conservative ophthalmology.

AOZ rankings with Germany's largest Surgeon-Testimonial platform JAMEDA

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Do you know your refractive error?

It is possible to be without glasses for near and distance at any age. There are different procedures for the different refractive errors. It all depends what kind of refractive error you have. Find out here:

Objects appear sharp close by; objects in the distance are blurred

Objects appear sharp in the distance; closeup objects are blurred

Objects near and far are blurred

Objects appear blurred close-up

Many good reasons to choose AOZ Heidelberg

Board certified medical doctors and surgeons

At the AOZ Heidelberg all medical doctors and surgeons are specialists in their respective fields.
Many good reasons

Experience meets continued medical education

All doctors at AOZ Heidelberg have a summarized professional experience of over 50 years. Permanent training and continued medical education ensure updated medical expertise.
Many good reasons

Quality and Service

Our goal ist o provide utmost service and quality for our patients.
Many good reasons

Procedures & Technology

Worldwide recognized technologies, medical equipment of renown brand producers and the use of premium products reflect our continued quest for quality.
Many good reasons

We have been awarded

AOZ Eye Center + Practice, Heidelberg is an official Carl ZEISS Meditec Reference Center for refractive surgery 2021 / 2022. We offer inpatient clinical treatment and care in cooperation with the ATOS Clinic Heidelberg, which is within walking distance. Since 2020, the AOZ Eye Surgery Center Heidelberg has been an “Akademische Lehrpraxis für Augenheilkunde“ of the Universitätsklinikum Mannheim. The groundbreaking and extraordinary practice concept was awarded the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD in 2018 and the ICONIC AWARDS architecture award in 2017.

Akademische Lehrpraxis Augenheilkunde


At AOZ Heidelberg we offer customized procedures for a lifelong vision without glasses, reading glasses and contact lenses.
We have solutions for each patient and each age group. We offer modern, state-of-the-art procedures and technologies like SMILE pro, implantable contact lenses (ICL) and the routine of Femto Lasik.

To correct for the problems of the aging eye, also called Presbyopia, we offer multi focal and EDOF lenses and a procedure called PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision. The problems of the aging eye can be solved without removing and exchanging the intraocular lens by use of this vision-correction procedure by ZEISS.

What do you want to know?
The test
Are you eligible for eye-laser-surgery?
Find out taking our test

Fees & financing
Transparent & affordable. All prices, including information on payment by installments

Eye laser consultation
Sign up for your individual & free consultation appointment and find out if you are a candidate for laser-vision-correction
What our patients say

Feedback from our patient is very important for us. Therefore we ask patients for their personal opinion and to give us a rating. This helps us to develop things further and to improve.
Read patient reviews below and look at the videos.

How to continue?

4 steps to get rid of your glasses and contacts

1. Individual Evaluation Appointment
2. Work-up Exam
3. Treatment Procedure
4. Post-op Care
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