Two years after its international launch, the SMILE procedure, developed by ZEISS, has become the third largest generation of laser vision correction. More than 80,000 eyes worldwide have now been successfully treated using the micro-invasive method, which offers improved predictability of the vision correction outcome without the need to create a corneal flap.
The SMILE procedure is a better method for treatment because there is no pain and the visual recovery is faster. There is also no need to slice the cornea nor burn the tissue, ridding the burning smell. For these and several other advantages, the U.S. FDA has approved expansion of the U.S. Clinical trial, further expanding the future of laser vision correction.