Step 1: Creating of the lenticule with the Femtosecond laser
The procedure is as follows: we place a device composed of an applanation cone coupled to a suction ring connected to the femtosecond laser on your cornea.
Creating the lenticule takes 23 seconds. We program the parameters (like diameter, thickness, position and size of the incision) according to the ametropia we aim to correct.
Step 2: Removal of the lenticule
The second step is refractive and corresponds to the surgical removal of the lens through the incision.
Patient experiences after SMILE
Once the procedure is over, you’ll have blurry vision for a few hours, but you can move without difficulty. You’ll be able to blink regularly, You will not need protective eye goggles (as in LASIK) or a bandage contact lens (as in PRK).
Your stay in the clinic will not exceed 1 hour. You can go home by private car or taxi, but you cannot drive because of the visual fog. It is better but not necessary to leave the clinic accompanied.
An ocular discomfort with the sensation of “sand in the eye”, accompanied by a more or less abundant tearing and dazzling in the light, appears one hour after the procedure.
Surgery for myopia and astigmatism with SMILE is accurate, effective and safe. After the surgery, 98% of patients can lead a fully spectacle-free life after the procedure. Postoperative vision is usually comparable to preoperative corrected vision with glasses or contact lenses.
The degree of satisfaction of the operated patients is close to 100%. Naturally, your happiness will depend on the quality of the surgical procedure and the expertise of the surgeon. Vision recovery requires 12 to 24 hours which allows you to resume your normal activities the day after the procedure.
Screen work does not pose a particular problem, and you are free to engage in it. After the procedure, your vision will be different, and it takes a few weeks to stabilise. During this period your near vision can be temporarily disturbed.
- Do not rub your eyes
- In case of tearing, which can be frequent in the immediate postoperative period, wipe your eye with a clean compress, without touching the eye
- Begin eye drops on the day of the procedure according to the prescription we give you and for the duration and the dosages we prescribe
- Post-operatively, in case you experience eye pain, or even discomfort, immediately take a relaxing medication or analgesic. If, the symptoms reappear, consult with us quickly
- Do not make any important decisions while under the influence of a tranquillizer
- Showering and shampooing are possible the day after the surgery provided you take the necessary precautions not to rub your eyes
- You can resume work and all activities the day after the operation. You can resume swimming after 8 days
- Do not forget to attend aftercare appointments
- The final definitive glass to prescribe on your eyeglass frames will be only after a few weeks
- Remember to change the details of the driving license
- Tell your treating ophthalmologist that you have had surgery
- Get monitored annually by an ophthalmologist
- This sensation lasts about three days, and many patients feel it most in the first 24 hours. During this period, it is best to close your eyes and avoid too much light
- You can resume work the next day
- Work stoppages are not possible for this surgery because the government considers it a comfort surgery not supported by Social Security
- A postoperative consultation is necessary for the days following the surgery