SMILE (Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction) is an exciting breakthrough in refractive laser correction for short sightedness.
In a single step, the VisuMax laser creates a refractive lenticule in the intact cornea, which is then removed through a keyhole incision. This leaves the cornea stronger as the incision is much shorter and a flap is not lifted. Because no flap is lifted, disruption to the cornea is minimal and corneal strength is maintained.
The removal of the lenticule changes the form of the cornea, correcting the refraction and improving vision.