Free yourself from glasses and contacts with SMILE laser eye surgery in Brisbane

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The pros and cons of SMILE laser eye surgery

Are you prepared to SMILE?

We’re currently investigating what’s being touted as the most advanced laser eye surgery procedure to our vision correction offering – SMILE.

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and many eye surgeons regard it as the most cutting-edge, minimally invasive laser eye surgery for the correction of myopia (short-sightedness), with or without astigmatism.

The SMILE procedure provides LASIK-like outcomes in less invasive surgery. So, you can gain wonderful, unaided vision faster and easier than ever before.1Healio.com. 2021. Low-energy SMILE outcomes comparable to LASIK. [online] Available at: <https://www.healio.com/news/ophthalmology/20200129/lowenergy-smile-outcomes-comparable-to-lasik> [Accessed 28 June 2021].

With SMILE, we don’t create a flap, so the eye is more comfortable postoperatively than with other laser eye surgery techniques.2Modern Optometry. 2021. SMILE and LASIK: Similarities and Advantages – Modern Optometry. [online] Available at: <https://modernod.com/articles/2019-mar-supplement/smile-and-lasik-similarities-and-advantages> [Accessed 28 June 2021].

Not necessarily. There will always be a place for LASIK and PRK because not everyone will be suitable for SMILE. Furthermore, the current version of SMILE has some drawbacks compared to LASIK, specifically.

All three procedures achieve the same fantastic results, SMILE is just less invasive.3All About Vision. 2021. A New Laser Eye Surgery With a Fun Name. [online] Available at: <https://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/smile.htm> [Accessed 28 June 2021].

This has some long-term benefits because your cornea will be stronger as we don’t need to create a flap or remove any layers of your cornea, as is the case with LASIK and PRK.

On the flip side, there are some drawbacks:

  • SMILE laser eye surgery visual recovery time (1 week) doesn’t compare well to LASIK (1 day)
  • SMILE does not currently correct hyperopia (long-sightedness)
  • SMILE might produce slightly higher aberrations and therefore potentially night vision that isn’t as good
  • The currently available ZEISS Visumax version of SMILE can’t currently correct astigmatism with the same degree of precision as LASIK

Why?

With the ZEISS Visumax laser, we can’t centre treatment as precisely as we can with LASIK – iris tracking with LASIK, not SMILE because

  • the laser doesn’t offer pupil tracking
  • the laser doesn’t offer cyclotorsion control (you have to “dock and treat”)
  • we cannot adjust for eye movements or decentration of the treatment during the time of surgery – that means treatment of astigmatism will not be as accurate as we can achieve with LASIK

The next generation of SMILE laser eye surgery will enable us to:

  • alter treatment centration at the time of surgery
  • give us more precise control for us to align for the astigmatism correction of the eye
  • use a wider treatment zone which may mean that patients might end up getting a better quality of night vision (especially for those who have larger pupils

You may be suitable for SMILE if you:

  • Have a stable prescription (short-sightedness, with or without astigmatism)
  • A healthy eye and a cornea that is the correct shape and strength to withstand the effects of surgery
  • Do not take any medication that could prevent your eye from healing or have any systemic conditions, including bodily diseases such as diabetes or conditions where the collagen in the body is abnormal

We will need to assess your suitability at your free assessment.

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After a procedure that’s over before you know it, you’ll have the life-changing freedom that laser eye surgery brings.4Healthblog.uofmhealth.org. 2021. Pros and Cons of LASIK: Are the Risks Worth the Cost?. [online] Available at: <https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/eye-health/pros-and-cons-of-lasik-are-risks-worth-cost> [Accessed 28 June 2021].

WHO CAN LASER EYE SURGERY HELP?

Find the laser eye surgery option right for your age. We offer unique solutions for each stage of life

Tired of missing out because you need glasses and contact lenses to see clearly?

Do your glasses prevent you from looking your very best?

We know how it feels to have glasses and contact lenses get in the way of what you most want out of life. That’s why we offer a free assessment in Brisbane to help you make an informed choice about laser eye surgery.

After you’ve had our assessment, you’ll enjoy the clarity and confidence you need to know – without a doubt – if laser eye surgery is right for you.

Do your glasses make you look years older than you actually feel?

Life needn’t go downhill the second you hit some magic number. Why spend half a lifetime in reading glasses when a 20-minute treatment can get you out of them?5All About Vision. 2021. Refractive Lens Exchange (Lens Replacement Surgery). [online] Available at: <https://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/refractive-lens-exchange.htm> [Accessed 21 June 2021].

These days, people in their 40s and 50s are living as actively as their kids. That’s why we offer specific treatments for people whose eyes are changing as they age.

Book an assessment in Brisbane, and we’ll guide you towards the right treatment for you.

Seeking to ditch your lifetime of glasses and contact lenses for good?

Armed with varifocals, bifocals, reading specs, contact lenses, and everything else – it can sometimes feel like you’re carrying around a pharmacy in your pockets or purse.

We appreciate how you’ve probably got better things to do than have to worry about your declining vision. Visit us for a free assessment, and you too can join the hundreds of thousands that experience spectacle-free vision from morning till night regardless of age.6Mayo Clinic. 2021. LASIK surgery: Is it right for you?. [online] Available at: <https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/lasik-eye-surgery/in-depth/lasik-surgery/art-20045751> [Accessed 28 June 2021].

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Educate yourself further about laser eye surgery

A guide to LASIK, what it can treat, as well as details on the procedure itself. Click here for more information.

A direct comparison of PRK vs LASIK eye surgery including the pros and cons of each. Click here for more information.

An informative article on PRK, what the procedure is used for and how it is performed. Click here for more information.

A WebMD article and explanation of LASIK eye surgery. Click here for more information.

They say ‘you are what you eat’. Like any aspect of the body, whether it’s the state of your joints, your brain, your digestion, or your eye health. A healthy and balanced lifestyle plays an important role. Both in warding off disease and even the effects of ageing that some may think are inevitable. Though we can’t eat good vision, we can ensure our diet contains all the vital nutrients and compounds. Click here to read more about laser eye surgery in Auckland and find out more about foods for eye health.

If you have to deal with the hassle of corrective lenses, ditching them for perfect eyesight sounds like a dream come true. The best way to achieve that goal is through laser eye surgery. There are a few different laser procedures to choose from, three of the most common being PRK, LASIK, and SMILE. Even if you think your eyes are too difficult to correct with surgery, this may not be the case. Click here to find out about SMILE laser eye surgery and other treatments available.

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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Dr. Matthew Russell

MBChB, FRANZCO

Laser eye surgery and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmologists like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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