The latest Innovation in Laser Eye Procedure
Small Incision Lenticule Extraction with SMILE is the most recently developed type of laser eye surgery. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that can correct various vision impairments such as nearsightedness and astigmatism.
SMILE is running on a femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea. The femtosecond laser produces a thin layer just beneath the surface of the eye, and at the same time creates a small opening. It’s an almost silent, noiseless, odourless procedure and the patient can remain in the same position from start to finish.
It takes an average of 23 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 outer part of the eye. This reshapes the cornea and corrects the refractive error.
A small piece of corneal tissue (lenticule) and a small incision are created inside the intact cornea.
The lenticule is removed through the incision with minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.