ZEISS announced the completion of 2 million Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE®) treatments to date. The minimally-invasive corneal refractive procedure is performed by using the VisuMax® femtosecond laser by creating a thin disc-shaped lenticule within the cornea which is then removed through a small incision, thereby achieving the desired vision correction. SMILE® requires only one laser to perform the entire solution leaving the outer corneal layer largely intact, thus potentially contributing to the cornea's biomechanical and refractive stability after surgery.
“We are delighted that doctors worldwide have put their trust in SMILE® using the minimally invasive laser correction procedure on their patients over 2 million times,” said Dr. Ludwin Monz, President, and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec. “ZEISS offers one of the most comprehensive Laser Vision Correction portfolios and we continue to create better vision standards for everyone and enable doctors to provide the right solution in refractive surgery to eligible patients.”
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Currently, over 1000 VisuMax devices have been distributed as SMILE® is being used by more than 1800 surgeons worldwide across over 70 countries. In addition to completing over 400 SMILE® peer-reviewed articles, the company also shared that it has begun a SMILE® clinical trial in hyperopic patients outside the USA.
ZEISS will showcase the ARTEVO 800, CLARUS 700, VisuMax and other flagship products in Booth #2621 at the ASCRS from May 4 - 7, 2019.
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