Laser surgeries are relatively new to correct refractive errors. PRK and LASIK were the previous generation laser-guided operation technologies for reshaping the cornea. SMILE is the latest version of laser surgery with fewer side effects, done in selected eye clinics.
SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. Although SMILE was also developed 10 years back. It is less invasive than LASIK, but it only works for people with myopia and, sometimes, associated astigmatism.
It is an innovative form of keyhole laser eye surgery. SMILE laser eye surgery is a unique treatment, using a state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser. SMILE combines advantages of PRK and LASIK: it requires only a small incision, does not require a flap, and has a quick, LASIK-like recovery, with the additional benefit of no postoperative restrictions.
The accuracy level is very high in this type of surgery because it utilizes 3D mapping. These pulses form minute bubbles that have a 1/100th width of human hair and are used to outline the tissues that need to be removed because of deterioration.
Now, LASIK is not for everyone, there are some limitations with it. LASIK works by reshaping the corneal surface, so in case of thin cornea, SMILE can be the solution. The Femto-LASIK treatment was only recommended to patients with the refraction up to a maximum of -8 diopters. While SMILE surgery can be done up to -10 diopters.
When we think of returning back to work or play our favourite sport, SMILE has faster recovery when compared with LASIK. Till recent past, Patients use to avoid the surgery just because of idea of blade on the eye. When lasers were introduced, it was a revolution. But then there were Laser associated drawbacks, which are now eliminated up to a level by SMILE.
SMILE has a good safety profile as it induces less aberrations
To ensure the best healing results, it is extremely important that the patient comes to the follow-up examinations and follows the advice and instructions received from us after the treatment. If you are looking for an appointment with one of our experts or to know more about our various Laser assisted corrective and treatment modalities, feel free to contact us at +91-9811260680 or visit our clinic at Pitampura, New Delhi.