Freedom from spectacles is always a relief. And through laser surgery, this can come true. When it comes to laser surgery, most of us tend to be afraid and doubt the safety of the procedure. For years now, LASIK has been the Gold Standard in the department of Laser Refractive Surgery. It still continues to be the most widely conducted procedure for getting rid of refractive error. However, some potential risks always prowl around.
Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, a.k.a. SMILE is the first minimally invasive Laser Vision Correction procedure, designed to treat numerous refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism.
Unlike LASIK, it is flap-less, requiring a minute incision that doesn’t involve a blade. Moreover, it heals very fast and promises accurate results!
The procedure of SMILE involves creating a thin film in the cornea (known as the lenticule) using the femtosecond laser and is then extracted through a small incision. Thereafter, the lenticule is removed allowing the desired vision correction.
The benefits of this procedure are
- Minimally invasive
- Quick recovery
- Maximum comfort
- The low potential of infections