The Process of SMILE® Laser Eye Surgery
Our Melbourne rooms are equipped with the VisuMax femtosecond laser by Zeiss to perform laser vision correction with high precision and safety. The SMILE® procedure is a minimally invasive surgical technique with the goal of allowing our patients to greatly reduce their dependency on optical aids such as glasses and contact lenses.
Our ophthalmology team will conduct a thorough clinical assessment to ensure your suitability for SMILE® and to take the appropriate measurements required in forming the lenticule within your cornea, a precisely shaped sliver of tissue. At this time, any associated risks and costs of the surgery will be discussed with you.
During the procedure itself, your eye will be anaesthetised with topical eye drops and you’ll be asked to fixate on a target light. If you’re feeling anxious or restless we can also provide a light sedative. Our experienced refractive surgeon operates the femtosecond laser, which will quickly and precisely create the lenticule within your corneal tissues, and then this will be gently removed from a keyhole incision, adjusting the shape of your cornea to compensate for your prescription.
The total time spent on the operating bed is about 20 minutes but the procedure itself, from the incision to the laser to the removal of the lenticule, takes only a few minutes per eye.