Have you heard about SMILE?
Let’s give you a hint, it’s not your facial expression but it’s a surgery which stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE), and is a bladeless procedure which is minimally invasive. SMILE eye surgery is suitable for people with or without astigmatism, and it can be a great alternative to the more well-known LASIK treatments.
It is a unique treatment with the proper procedure which includes:
Your doctor will give anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye and ensures for the painless treatment.
Carl Zeiss Visu Max laser is used to place a number of pulses on the cornea’s centre with extraordinary precision.
The pulses from the laser then create tiny bubbles, approximately less than one-hundredth of the width of a human hair. The bubbles create the outline for the tissue that needs to be removed.
The laser creates a small connecting tunnel which allows the doctor to draw out the tissue, therefore changing the shape of the cornea to improve your vision.
The whole procedure is completed in less than 15 minutes for both eyes, with the laser only being used for a small proportion of this time.
SMILE Benefits and Advantages:
Clear visual acuity:
SMILE produces virtually the same visual acuity as LASIK for the correction of vision, without the need to create a LASIK-style corneal flap.
Less Dry Eye:
There may be less risk of dry eyes after SMILE surgery because of the surgery that takes place within the cornea without a large corneal flap, fewer corneal nerves are affected by the procedure.
The SMILE incision may also enable the cornea to have more biomechanical stability after SMILE, compared with its ability to maintain shape.
It minimizes the risk of needing an additional procedure after SMILE for correction of high amounts of myopia, possibly because less dehydration of the cornea occurs during the SMILE procedure.
SMILE is really quick as compared to laser eye surgery procedures. Total treatment time is usually around 20-30 minutes.
If you are thinking of having laser vision correction, the best thing to do is to book a consultation with your doctor. Your surgeon will be able to tell you whether SMILE laser eye surgery is the best option for your requirements.