Most people with ‘normal’ vision are either slightly myopic (short-sighted) or slightly hyperopic (long-sighted). Almost nobody has absolutely perfect vision, but people who fall within the ‘normal’ range can generally see fine without the aid of glasses or contacts.
In the past, people who were outside of this zone had to use glasses/lenses to focus properly at certain distances, but recent technological developments as laser vision correction is now a highly effective alternative and widely available. Refractive surgery is also incredibly safe – in fact, it’s probably safer nowadays to have a laser procedure like SMILE or Lasik than to wear soft contact lenses!
What is SMILE and Why SMILE?SMILE (short for SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a relatively new vision correction procedure that gives great results. Smile is the third, latest generation of the laser treatment. There are only a couple of eye hospitals in London that have this latest technology. We are grateful to be able to perform SMILE laser eye surgery in our eye clinic in London, as we truly believe that SMILE is the procedure that any suitable myopic person can benefit from. It is a life-changing experience that will improve your daily life.
One of its benefits is that the postoperative period when the eyes are dry is shorter than with Lasik eye surgery.
Another advantage is that the incision (cut) is smaller than with Lasik, therefore less traumatising for the eye. This minimally-invasive treatment works by removing excess tissue from the cornea, allowing your eyes to focus without any extra assistance.
One of the best things about ReLeX SMILE eye surgery is that, unlike Lasik, it does not involve cutting a flap in your corneal tissue. As a result, the cornea is left stronger and less vulnerable to injury after a SMILE procedure than after a Lasik treatment.
What will happen during my laser vision correction procedure?The SMILE procedure takes less than ten minutes. Upon arrival at My-iClinic in North Finchley, London, at the appointed time, our reception staff will show you the laser suite.
Once you have laid down on the laser trolley and your surgeon has moved you into position under the laser, the treatment will proceed as follows:
- A drop of anaesthetic will be put on your cornea to numb the feeling in your eye during the procedure.
- A clip will be used to hold your eyelids open for the duration of the procedure.
- You will be asked to stare at a blue light to hold your gaze in the right place. As you gaze at the light, the laser machine will manoeuvre you into precisely the right position.
- Next, the laser machine will gently make contact with your eye. After that, the laser will start, taking about 27 seconds to finish working on one eye.
- This procedure is then repeated on your other eye.
Contact My-iClinic today if you would like to find out more about SMILE eye surgery. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic! If you would like My-iClinic to give you a call back at a time that suits you, please fill in the secure call back request form Request a Callback