SMILE: (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
What is SMILE?
“Small Incision Lenticule Extraction” (SMILE) is the most recently developed type of laser eye surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and can correct various vision impairments such as nearsightedness and astigmatism.
How Does SMILE work?
The SMILE procedure uses a femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea.
It takes less than 30 seconds for the laser to create a small lens-shaped piece of corneal tissue (called the lenticule) inside the cornea. The surgeon then removes the lenticule through a small incision on the outer part of the cornea. This reshapes the cornea and corrects the refractive error.
It’s an almost silent, odorless procedure and the patient can remain in the same position from start to finish.
What are the benefits of SMILE?
Femtosecond lasers are designed to harmlessly pass through the upper layers of the cornea, to create the lenticule only at a specific sublayer inside the cornea, which means:
- With an incision smaller than 4mm on the eye surface, SMILE supports a minimally invasive procedure .
- The outer layer of the cornea doesn’t have to be removed.
- Corneal nerves stimulating the tear glands are less affected and are still able to help keep the eye lubricated. Side effects, such as dry eye syndrome, are rare after SMILE.
Why Choose SMILE?
SMILE is one option along with LASIK and PRK that may benefit you. SMILE is the least invasive of the three which means quicker healing times and faster sight restoration. Our doctors at ClearVision Institute will work with you to suggest the best option for you.