A minimally invasive and flapless procedure

SMILE eye laser, a minimally invasive flapless laser eye surgery procedure. 

A small piece of tissue (lenticule) is created inside the cornea with the Zeiss Visumax laser and removed through a small incision.  Minimally invasive means there is minimal corneal tissue intervention.  Many of the upper layers of the cornea are unaffected.  This offers the potential for preserved biomechanical stability of the eye and fast healing.

SMILE eye laser is keyhole laser eye surgery a flapless laser eye surgery procedure, meaning that there are no flap-related complications and side effects.  As a result, corneal sensitivity, for the most part, is quickly recovered.

Visual recovery, in general, is fast. Patients can normally return to work, take a shower or apply makeup shortly after surgery.  Driving and sports activities are possible within a few days.



At a glance

  • Minimal invasive and gentle laser vision correction with only a small incision
  • No flap necessary, thus potentially reducing the incidence of dry eyes post surgery
  • Generally fast visual recovery within a few days
  • Predominantly excellent visual outcomes with high predictability
  • Laser eye surgery treatment option for athletes engaging in contact sports, flight crews, military and rescue personnel


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Step 1 - Lenticule Creation

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Step 2 - Lenticule Removal

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Step 3 - Focus error is corrected