How SMILE Eye Surgery Works?

SMILE is a unique procedure that works without the need for creating a flap. The procedure involves creating a lenticule within intact cornea.

In second step a small incision of about 4mm or lesser is made by the laser, through which the lenticule is extracted out. Removing the lenticule changes the shape of cornea, thereby achieving refractive correction. The lenticule is removed with minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.

Therefore the incidence of dry eye and other post-surgical effects is drastically reduced in case of SMILE as compared to LASIK. And hence the overall treatment is gentle and visual recovery is faster.




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A small tissue layer called lenticule is removed through a minor incision of 2-4 mm and vision is corrected permanently.

A big flap of 18-20 mm is made on the cornea, in next step laser reshapes the cornea and finally, a flap is placed back in its original position.

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Have some Questions?

If you are considering SMILE surgery, you probably have many questions. Some of the most frequent ones are addressed here.

If you wear contact lenses, most surgeons recommend switching to glasses a few weeks before surgery. You are advised not to apply makeup, lotions or perfume the day you have surgery. Also, it is suggested that you arrange to have someone bring you home afterward.

Following surgery, you will need to go home and rest. A protective bandage or eye shield is placed over the eye to avoid rubbing it. Eye drops and possibly other medication are typically prescribed to prevent infection and aid in the healing process. It is customary to have a post-op examination the next day. Further follow-up checks are usually scheduled for the following weeks or months.

Complications following SMILE surgery are very rare, but cannot be completely ruled out. Your eye doctor will discuss these with you.

Nearsightedness (myopia):
When you are nearsighted, distant objects appear blurry, while objects that are up close are clear

Astigmatism causes objects at different distances to appear skewed or distorted. Normally, astigmatism is corrected with eyeglasses fitted with cylindrical (toric) lenses or with special contact lenses.