With SMILE, the ZEISS VisuMax offers a game-changing option for laser vision correction that is redefining refractive surgery. During the procedure a lenticule is created inside the cornea. The lenticule is subsequently extracted through a small incision, thereby achieving the desired vision correction.
ZEISS SMILE is based on a minimally invasive procedure in which the majority of the upper corneal layers remain intact. This bears the potential for preserving biomechanical stability. Aside from the small incision, ZEISS SMILE also enables the lamellar incision to be as small as possible, only slightly exceeding the effective optical zone diameter of the desired refractive correction.
There is a potentially lower incidence of transient dry eye syndrome after SMILE compared to LASIK, as well as less nerve transection thanks to the smaller incision and lack of a flap.