What’s Smile Eye Procedure ?
SMILE is an acronym that stands for small incision lenticule extraction. SMILE procedure is the latest version of refractive laser eye surgery, and it involves making a very tiny incision at the edge of the cornea using a femtosecond laser, and then redesigning the cornea by adjusting corneal shape at different regions, according to the specified measurements and corneal topography. In the SMILE technique only femtosecond lasers are used. Femtosecond lasers are characterizied by their ability to pass through the surface of the cornea without doing any harm as it can only affect the sub-surface corneal tissue and alter the shape of the cornea by cutting a small lenticular-shape bit of tissue. The surgeon removes this cut lenticular-shaped corneal tissue through the previously made small incision at the edge of the cornea.
As with LASIK and Femto-LASIK procedures, SMILE is considered a minor operation, which does not require general anesthesia or admission to hospital and is performed under a local anesthetic.
After having done with the procedure uneventfully, the patient can be sent home, and their physician usually prescribes some medications and eye drops for them, which include an antibiotic and pain reliever, and/or anti-inflammatory drug.
After patients are discharged, they are followed up in the clinic, and a periodical examination is performed to ensure that there are no complications.