What is done during the SMILE laser vision correction procedure?

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Before beginning, the laser is programmed with the measurements taken during your comprehensive consultation.

Your eyes will be numbed with eye drops and you will be given a mild sedative..

Then Dr. Feldman will place an eyelid holder on your eye to keep you from blinking during the procedure.

Step 1: Create a thin disc of corneal tissue
The Visumax femtosecond laser uses small gas bubbles to create a thin disc of tissue within the layers of the cornea without disturbing the surface of the cornea. The shape of the disc is like the shape of a contact lens -- it is thicker in the center and thinner at the edge.  The disc is called a lenticule. 

Step 2: Remove the thin disc of tissue
The laser creates a small opening -- approximately 4 mm in the length in surface of the cornea.. whose purpose is to remove the lenticule.

Step 3: Vision correction is achieved
The disc removal allows for a change in the shape of the cornea to improve vision. 
The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes.

And the small opening heals within a few days without stitches. Sharper vision is achieved very quickly.

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