SMILE is an advanced technique and therefore the latest development in the refractive laser treatments. Beyond PRK and LASIK, it is suitable for patients with drier eyes, contact lens intolerance and playing contact sports. It has already helped millions achieve freedom from glasses and contacts.
Studies have shown that SMILE being less invasive, preserves the corneal nerves better compared to LASIK, thereby lowering the chances of dry eyes and related discomforts.
A comfortable treatment experience
Small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE, is an advanced laser vision correction procedure. As a minimally invasive treatment, it offers many advantages: SMILE is usually very comfortable and stress-free. Patients mostly don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure and there is no odor or noise.
Before the treatment, anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye to ensure that the surgery is virtually painless. An eyelid holder prevents the eye from blinking during surgery. The procedure itself takes just a few minutes and requires only three steps.
SMILE treatment steps
CREATING THE LENTICULE
A small piece of corneal tissue (lenticule) and a small incision are created inside the cornea.
REMOVING THE LENTICULE
The process involves removal of lenticule through the small incision from inside the cornea.
CORRECTING THE ERROR
Removing the lenticule changes the shape of the cornea, achieving the desired refractive correction.
How you can benefit from SMILE ?
SMILE requires only a small incision of about 2–4 mm – the size of the tip of a pencil. This allows for potentially high biomechanical preservation and stability.
Quickly back to normal
With SMILE, full visual recovery can usually occur within just a few days following your surgery. Normally, you will be able to drive, work and participate in sports without glasses or contact lenses just a few days following treatment.
Generally fast healing
SMILE requires no flap, which enables a fast recovery of corneal sensitivity and of a normal tear film. In addition, there is only a low risk of infection or transient eye syndrome.
Suited for many people
Patients with dry eyes or contact lens intolerance can benefit from the flapless SMILE procedure. SMILE is also suited for people with an active lifestyle, e.g. athletes, flight crews, and military and rescue personnel.
Prominent Ophthalmologist’s Review on SMILE
Dr Mahipal Sachdev, Center For Sight
Dr Suraj Munjal, Spectra Eye Hospital
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