Imagine life without glasses. That would put a SMILE on your face.
Would you like to see your partner’s face clearly without glasses? Or would you like to play sports without the fear of broken glasses?
Especially in situations like these, many people would love to be able to see clearly – without glasses or contact lenses!
Fortunately, thanks to medical advancements, many refractive errors can be treated with laser eye surgery. The most advanced technique – small incision lenticule extraction – is called SMILE.
It is used to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism. The procedure is very precise, virtually pain-free and a valuable option also for people with an active lifestyle.
The team at our Laservision Merivale clinic is very experienced in performing laser vision corrections and has helped many people improve their visual freedom.
SMILE is a quick, comfortable treatment experience.
Small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE, is an advanced laser vision correction procedure. As a minimally invasive treatment, it offers many advantages:
SMILE is usually very comfortable and stress-free. Patients mostly don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure and there is no odor or noise. Before the treatment, anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye to ensure that the surgery is
virtually painless. An eyelid holder prevents the eye from blinking during surgery. The procedure itself takes just a few minutes and requires only three steps.
How you can benefit from SMILE
SMILE requires only a small incision of about 2–4 mm – the size of the tip of a pencil. This allows for potentially high biomechanical preservation and stability.
Generally fast healing
SMILE requires no flap, which enables a fast recovery of corneal sensitivity and of a normal tear film. In addition, there is only a low risk of infection or transient eye syndrome.
Quickly back to normal
With SMILE, full visual recovery can usually occur within just a few days following your surgery. Normally, you will be able to drive, work and participate in sports without glasses or contact lenses just a few days following treatment.
Suited for many people
Patients with dry eyes or contact lens intolerance can benefit from the flapless SMILE procedure. SMILE is also suited for people with an active lifestyle, e.g. athletes, flight crews, and military and rescue personnel.
VisuMax® – a groundbreaking femtosecond laser
Fast and accurate
ReLEx® SMILE is performed on the VisuMax® femtosecond laser system from ZEISS. It is characterised by its high speed, precision, high laser frequency and gentle treatment technique. The results are short treatment times and high
accuracy for patients.
Comfortable contact glass
VisuMax® works with a virtually pain-free, anatomically shaped contact glass that resembles the natural shape of the cornea. It works with mild suction and actively controls a constant low compression on the eye during surgery. During treatment, it feels just like putting a contact lens into your eye.
It’s time to SMILE
With the introduction of ReLEx® SMILE from ZEISS – the first and only SMILE solution thus far – minimally invasive surgery became a reality for patients around the world.
ZEISS developed the unique and innovative SMILE procedure – the latest advancement in Laser Vision Correction beside PRK and LASIK. The entire procedure is performed with VisuMax® from ZEISS, a high-precision femtosecond laser system.
So far, more than 750.000 eyes have been successfully treated with SMILE around the world.
Frequently asked questions about SMILE
If you are considering SMILE surgery, you probably have many questions. Some of the most frequent ones are addressed here. This information is not intended to replace consultation with your eye doctor.
How do I prepare?
If you wear contact lenses, most surgeons recommend switching to glasses a few weeks before surgery. You are advised not to apply makeup, lotions or perfume the day you have surgery. Also, it is suggested that you arrange to have someone bring you home afterward.
What happens after surgery?
Following surgery, you will need to go home and rest. A protective bandage or eye shield is placed over the eye to avoid rubbing it. Eye drops and possibly other medication are typically prescribed to prevent infection and aid in the healing process. It is customary to have a post-op examination the next day. Further follow-up checks are usually scheduled for the following weeks or months.
Is it safe?
Complications following SMILE surgery are very rare, but cannot be completely ruled out. Your eye doctor will discuss these with you.
What can be treated with SMILE?
When you are nearsighted, distant objects appear blurry, while objects that are up close are clear.
Astigmatism causes objects at different distances to appear skewed or distorted. Normally, astigmatism is corrected with eyeglasses fitted with cylindrical (toric) lenses or with special contact lenses.
What is a femtosecond laser?
A femtosecond laser is a laser that sends ultra-short light pulses (one femtosecond = 0.000000000000001 seconds).
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