SMILE - Refractive Laser


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The surgeon uses a femtosecond laser during SMILE laser eye surgery.

SMILE laser eye surgery involves using a femtosecond laser to cut a little wafer of tissue inside the cornea and remove it through a very small incision.

The surgeon creates a flap during the SMILE procedure, similar to LASIK.

Unlike LASIK, there’s no flap created, and the tissue is removed through cutting, not ablation.

Dry eye is a risk of the SMILE procedure.

The risks associated with SMILE are like LASIK: dry eye and halos.

SMILE can be a good option for people who play sports.

The biggest advancement or advantage of SMILE is that there’s no flap created, so there’s no risk of having it dislodged or moved. So if you’re somebody who’s actively involved in sports, SMILE may be a good option for you compared to some of the other surgeries that are available today.

There is no risk of regression with SMILE laser eye surgery.

There is a small risk of regression, meaning that you could drift back a little bit to your old prescription, but if that happens you can often have an enhancement.

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at risk, and because there are often no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, regular eye exams combined with proper diabetes management is essential.