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TitleIs ‘Relex Smile’ pushing the boundaries in refractive corneal surgery?
PurposeTo report the 3-month results of the first ten patients who underwent Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) in the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism.
MethodsEightteen eyes of ten patients with myopia or myopic astigmatism underwent SMILE by cutting a lenticule of intrastromal corneal tissue using the Visumax 500 kHz femtosecond laser. The lenticule was manually dissected and removed from the stroma through a 3.5 mm incision using 0.12 forceps.
All patients completed 3 months of follow-up. The uncorrected visual acuity the best spectacle-corrected visual acuity after 3 months, corneal topography, objective and manifest refractions, and side effects are reported.
ResultsThe patients’ mean age was 26.9 years. The preoperative mean spherical equivalent (SE) was -5.73 ±1.26 diopters (D). Three months postoperatively, the mean SE was +0.27±0.19 D. Stability was achieved within 6 weeks. No complications were noted in any of the cases, no eyes lost any lines of BSCVA.
ConclusionThese preliminary results show that Relex SMILE, a flapless minimally invasive technique, appears to be a safe and effective new refractive procedure correcting myopia and myopic astigmatism.
Authors 1
Last nameGOES
InitialsFJr
DepartmentGoes Eye Centre
CityAntwerp
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