Creating Success with a SMILE.



Complete your portfolio with a winning Laser Vision Correction procedure

A great smile can be a powerful asset. It can create opportunities and set you up for success – much like the minimally invasive Laser Vision Correction procedure SMILE. Especially when you consider that 1 million eyes have already been treated with small incision lenticule extraction, better known as SMILE. With over 1,300 practicing SMILE surgeons worldwide and FDA approval in the US, SMILE offers great prospects for success.


your offering.

A refractive surgery success story turns 10.

SMILE is a laser eye surgery that already looks back on 10 years. First performed in 2007 by Walter Sekundo with a VisuMax® femtosecond laser from ZEISS, it became commercially available in 2011 with the launch of ReLEx® SMILE from ZEISS. Today, over 1,300 surgeons worldwide in over 65 countries have performed over 1 million SMILE procedures. As an FDA approved procedure, it offers practices an additional laser vision correction option to enhance their services portfolio.


Grow your practice

As can be observed in various surgical specialties, there is a growing trend towards minimally invasive procedures and applications. With SMILE, that trend has also become the standard for laser vision correction. SMILE holds tremendous potential for significant practice growth. Thanks to ReLEx SMILE, refractive procedures grew an average of more than 200% per ZEISS VisuMax laser in China1. Also, SMILE and corneal inlays are expected to boost refractive volume by 8.3% in the U.S. in 20172.


how it works.

What is SMILE?

SMILE is the first minimally invasive laser vision correction procedure. During SMILE eye surgery, a lenticule is created inside the intact cornea using the VisuMax femtosecond laser and is extracted through a small incision. The lenticule is removed, thereby achieving the desired vision correction.


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Discover the femtosecond laser system on which SMILE is performed.


from a bright option.

Minimally invasive approach

As a minimally invasive approach, SMILE offers the potential for biomechanical stability of the cornea*, lower incidence of transient dry eye syndrome* and faster wound healing*.

Why surgeons are using SMILE

More and more clinics are performing laser eye surgery with SMILE. Leading specialists provide insights on why they choose SMILE.

I operated on my own 18-year-old daughter with SMILE, so what more can I say?

Dr. Petri Oksman - Medilaser Oy Tampere, Finland

Anyone not offering SMILE in the near future will simply not survive the highly competitive refractive markets.

Dr. Sri Ganesh Nethradhama - Superspecialty Eye Hospital Bangalore, India

SMILE is the perfect solution for my demanding patients in the high price segment.

Dr. Rainer Wiltfang - Smile Eyes Augenklinik am Airport Munich, Germany

Patients want quality of vision and a high level of safety. That’s why we choose SMILE. Small incision – great patient satisfaction.

Dr. Joaquin Fernandez - Qvision Almeria, Spain

What surgeons from around the world are saying

A rapidly growing number of refractive surgeons around the world are already treating patients with SMILE. Renowned specialists share experiences they have made and information they have gathered thus far with the minimally invasive procedure.


SMILE benefits at a glance

  • Minimally invasive
  • Does not require a flap
  • Performed on one laser
  • Gentle treatment experience
  • Fast wound healing following surgery

ReLEx SMILE Brochure
The first minimally invasive laser vision correction solution
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VisuMax from ZEISS
Defining the pulse rate in refractive surgery
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Broadening the vision of success
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Broadening the vision of success
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1 Source: market Scope Ophthalmic Market Perspectives, March 2017
2 Market Scope Ophthalmic Market Perspectives, March 2017

* Dry eye disease after refractive surgery: comparative outcomes of small incision lenticule extraction versus L ASIK. Ophthalmology 2015 Apr, Denoyer A, Landman E, Trinh L, Faure JF, Auclin F, Baudouin C.

The statements of the healthcare professionals giving this testimonials reflect only their personal opinions and experiences and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any institution with whom they are affiliated.

The healthcare professionals giving this testimonial may have contractual relationship with Carl Zeiss Meditec, AG., and may have received financial compensation.