CLEVELAND, March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- If you've been told you're not a candidate for LASIK, you may have a new reason to SMILE. SMILE, which is an acronym for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, was FDA approved in September of 2016, and is an innovative new method of performing laser eye surgery. Cleveland was among the first 10 markets in the United States to perform the procedure.
ClearChoice LASIK Center in Brecksville and the Cole Eye Institute of Cleveland are amongst the first in the nation to perform this procedure commercially. William Wiley, M.D., and Shamik Bafna, M.D. of ClearChoice performed the first SMILE procedures in the state of Ohio on March 13th, 2017.
Corneal refractive surgery has been widely used to correct vision impairment for over 35 years. Advances in technology continue to push the field of vision correction forward. SMILE opens the opportunity of laser vision correction to even more individuals who want to be free of glasses and contacts. Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems and lasers developed SMILE.
With this minimally invasive procedure, a microscopic "lenticule" (disc of tissue) is created inside the intact cornea and extracted through a small opening. SMILE is gentle to the eye, and studies show the SMILE technique offers excellent stability along with minimal incidence of dry eye. It is a groundbreaking milestone in laser vision correction for many who have always dreamed of a life free of glasses and contacts but weren't candidates for LASIK or other procedures for various reasons.
"For the right patient who may have a higher prescription or a thinner cornea, SMILE may be a great option," said William Wiley, M.D. "This new procedure gives us one more option in our toolbox to help each person achieve their visual goals." The ideal procedure for each individual depends on a number of factors and is determined via thorough pre-operative testing.
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SOURCE ClearChoice Custom LASIK Center