A good time to SMILE®

Dr Tess Huynh


 More than three million eyes have now been treated with the revolutionary keyhole laser eye surgery known as SMILE® (or SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction for the more technical among you).

However, I still get many patients who think SMILE is new and not backed by years of scientific data. Having personally performed many SMILE procedures, I’d like to address these concerns and explain how SMILE fits into our laser eye surgery offering.

SMILE involves the creation of a precise piece of corneal tissue (called a lenticule) with a cool-temperature laser, and the subsequent removal of that tissue through a tiny 3–4 mm incision. Ultimately, this addresses the patient’s refractive error (short-sightedness and/or astigmatism) to restore vision.


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