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    SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a laser refractive surgery technique used to correct myopia and myopic astigmatism. Unlike LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and FLEx (Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction), SMILE does not involve creating a corneal flap. Instead, it makes a small peripheral corneal incision through which a refractive lenticule is extracted. 

    This technique aims to improve corneal biomechanical stability by minimizing disruption to the peripheral collagen networks in the anterior stroma. Additionally, SMILE is thought to reduce injury to the subbasal nerve plexus and avoid flap-related complications. 

    Since its introduction in 2008, SMILE has gained popularity among ocular surgeons and has the potential to become a standard procedure for correcting visual refractive errors.

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    Dr. Kasu Prasad Reddy

    M.B, D.O, MRCOphthCheif Cataract & Refractive Surgeon
    Somajiguda, Telangana

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    Dr. P. Muralidhar Rao

    MBBS, M.S, FIVRSr. Vitreo Retinal Surgeon
    Somajiguda, Telangana

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    Dr. V J Ramakumar

    MBBS, M.S , D.OGeneral Ophthalmologist
    Somajiguda, Telangana

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    Dr. Anitha C Kamarthy

    MBBS, M.SSr. Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon
    Somajiguda, Telangana

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    Dr. B M Anil Kumar

    MBBS, D.O, FLVPEI, MBASr. Glaucoma Consultant
    Somajiguda, Telangana

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    Dr. Vamshidhar

    MBBS, DNB, FICO ( UK)Sr. Cataract & Refractive Surgeon
    Somajiguda, Telangana




    Need to rest for 24 hours post procedure, and the day the laser is performed, you must stay indoors. Then, depending on individual requirement and occupation, a maximum of 2 to 3 days rest is needed for your eyes.
    Yes. You will be awake during the entire procedure. However, we use anesthetic eye drops and you will feel numbness or little heaviness in your eyes with NO pain sensation during the procedure.
    Yes, this is a permanent treatment at present, though research is working in making ReLEx reversible if required, it is still in studies.
    Yes, laser procedure is usually done for both eyes at the same time, as we do not ‘enter’ the eye, but just work on the surface; also as both eyes have to recover visually in a binocular way.
    15-20 minutes for both the eyes.


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