SMILE eye laser (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) surgery is the latest advancement in laser eye surgery. Is a minimally invasive laser eye surgery procedure suitable for the correction of myopia (short sightedness), moderate amounts of astigmatism.
The Zeiss Visumax laser is programmed to create a thin lens shaped disc of tissue within the cornea.The computer guided highly precise laser creates the exact thickness of tissue which represents the exact amount of refocusing required to achieve the desired refocusing outcome. Finally, the laser is programmed to form a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea that will create the keyhole incision where the lenticule will be removed from the eye.
SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure with a a minimal corneal tissue intervention, many of the upper layers of the cornea are unaffected. The site of the incision self seals without the need for any stitches, offers the potential for preserved biomechanical stability of the eye and fast healing.
The procedure is flapless, keyhole laser eye surgery procedure, there are no flap-related complications and side effects. As a result, corneal sensitivity, for the most part, is quickly recovered.
Visual recovery, in general, is fast. Patients can normally return to work and most usual activities within 24 hours following surgery. Resuming sports activities are possible within a few days.