The Smile LASIK procedure uses a special Zeiss femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea without removing the front part. This makes SMILE less invasive than LASIK. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of this procedure and how it is different from LASIK.
SMILE is a flapless version of LASIK
The SMILE procedure has several advantages over traditional LASIK, including minimal scarring and a short recovery time. Because the SMILE procedure does not involve the creation of a flap, there are no postoperative restrictions. It also leaves the outer layers of the cornea largely intact. A femtosecond laser, instead of an excimer laser, is used to perform the procedure. This method results in minimal disruption to the eye structure, making it suitable for a wide variety of patients.
One of the main advantages of SMILE is that it avoids the risks of a flap dislocating. It also preserves the eye structure, which makes it stronger and more resistant to traumatic injury. It may also mitigate the risk of ectasia, but this has not been proven in studies yet. In addition, one study conducted for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only followed patients for a year. However, results from international studies have shown that SMILE patients experience stable vision for longer periods of time.
It uses a special Zeiss femtosecond laser
The femtosecond laser is an important component of the Smile refractive procedure. This laser has several advantages over the mechanical microkeratome. It can scan the cornea in three dimensions, create a more physiological lenticule, and provide more precise results than the mechanical microkeratome.
Unlike LASIK, SMILE doesn’t require the use of a blade. Instead, a small, tunnel-like incision is made in the cornea, and the surgeon uses a special laser to shape the tissue into the shape of a contact lens. This tissue is then gently removed by Dr. Swanic to correct your myopia. The procedure is safe and the recovery period is minimal. Patients can return to work the day after their procedure. Many patients can even return to wearing eye makeup the next day.
This laser uses a unique wavelength that enables it to achieve precision reshaping of the cornea. Unlike LASIK, it also takes only a few seconds, which is ideal for those who are active or who spend a lot of time in contact environments.
It leaves the front part of the cornea intact
SMILE LASIK leaves the front part of your cornea intact, allowing your surgeon to correct your vision with less disruption. This technique uses a tiny incision that is tailored to the amount of myopia you need treated. This means that even those who suffer from enormous myopia can still have their vision corrected. This procedure also leaves the front part of the cornea intact, making it an excellent option for those who are at risk of trauma and those who suffer from chronic dry eye. The SMILE procedure takes only 24 seconds and does not require stitches.
SMILE leaves the front part of the cornea intact and reduces the risk of dry eye and bruising. Compared to LASIK, the SMILE procedure leaves the front part of the cornea intact and has less recovery time. During recovery, both procedures require time for the flap to form. In LASIK, the corneal flap is 20mm long, but SMILE leaves the front part of the cornea intact.
It is less invasive than LASIK
SMILE is a less invasive refractive surgery that is designed to correct refractive errors while retaining excellent visual acuity. It is a single-step procedure and uses a wavefront-guided laser rather than excimer lasers. This makes it less invasive than LASIK. Additionally, SMILE does not require a corneal flap, which strains corneal nerves.
While LASIK creates a 300-degree circular flap to remove eye tissue, SMILE creates a smaller, sixty-degree incision to access the eye. Because of its smaller incision, the recovery time for SMILE is significantly faster.
SMILE is less invasive than LASIK because the surgeon creates a tiny tunnel and connects it to the eye’s surface. However, SMILE is still not a surgical option for those with astigmatism or farsightedness. In addition to being less invasive, Smile also does not require a contact lens.
It is less effective than PRK
Smile LASIK and PRK are two different procedures that have many similarities. Both procedures remove a thin layer of the eye’s surface (epithelium) and reshape the cornea. During PRK, the surgeon reshapes the cornea by using a cool excimer laser. Both procedures are relatively quick, taking just 10 minutes or less for each eye. During the procedure, patients are usually sedated by eye drops, and they might feel some slight pressure.
While both procedures are safe and effective, they have some drawbacks. LASIK is more complicated than PRK and has two lasers instead of one. It also involves a flap, which increases the risk of complications. The flap can cause microscopic striae on the surface of the eye, as well as epithelial problems and dry eye. However, these complications are rare and can be minimized with a skilled surgeon.