Refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEx) through a small incision (SMILE) for correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism: current perspectives

Agca A., DEMİROK A. , Yildirim Y., Demircan A., Yasa D., Yesilkaya C., ...Daha Fazla

CLINICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, cilt.10, ss.1905-1912, 2016 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 10
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.2147/opth.s80412
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1905-1912


Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is an alternative to laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. SMILE can be performed for the treatment of myopia <-12 D and astigmatism <= 5 D. The technology is currently only available in the VisuMax femtosecond laser platform. It offers several advantages over LASIK and PRK; however, hyperopia treatment, topography-guided treatment, and cyclotorsion control are not available in the current platform. The working principles, potential advantages, and disadvantages are discussed in this review.