Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)
Small Incision Leticule Extraction (SMILE)
Exclusively at Visionmax Eye Centre, SMILE is the next-generation laser technology by ZEISS for the gentle correction of vision defects. Originally called key-hole LASIK, SMILE is the only minimally invasive treatment method that combines the extensive experience and superior safety of traditional vision correction techniques with numerous innovative benefits. The result is high precision levels and perceptibly greater comfort during the treatment.
Dr. Senekal is proud to offer SMILE as a proven, accurate, and predictable laser procedure that preserves the mechanical strength of your cornea. More than 5 million SMILE procedures have been performed worldwide.
In a single step the VisuMax femtosecond laser creates a thin lenticule and a small access measuring less than 4 mm in the intact cornea.
The surgeon removes the lenticule through the small access. There is minimal disruption of the biomechanics of the cornea. No flap needs to be cut.
The minimally invasive removal of the lenticule changes the shape of the cornea, correcting the refractive error of the eye.