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, is a new method of performing laser eye surgery. Dr. Greg Parkhurst of Parkhurst NuVision in San Antonio, Texas and president of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international society of leading vision correction surgeons, will beamong the very first in the nationto perform this procedure commercially.
Corneal refractive surgery has been widely used to correct vision impairment for over 30 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.
With this minimally invasive procedure, a microscopic “lenticule” 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 some who have always dreamed of a life free of glasses and contacts.
“For certain patients with dry eyes and other corneal surface issues, SMILE may be a great option,” said Dr. Parkhurst. “This new procedure gives us one more advanced option in our toolbox to help each individual achieve the best visual outcome for how they live their life.”
As with all laser eye surgery, the ideal procedure for each individual depends on a number of factors and is determined after comprehensive testing. SMILE was developed by Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems.
To learn more about Parkhurst NuVision or to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for SMILE, call 210.615.9358.