Small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in 2015

Clin Exp Optom. 2016 May;99(3):204-12. doi: 10.1111/cxo.12380. Epub 2016 May 7.


Small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) represents a recent addition to the refractive surgeon's range of procedures. Although there remains a number of similarities to existing techniques in terms of patient selection and treatment parameters, consideration is required to optimise patient outcomes and satisfaction. Here, we review the selection criteria, contraindications, indications and existing published safety and efficacy outcomes.

Keywords: LASIK; SMILE; cornea; myopia; small incision lenticule extraction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Astigmatism / surgery*
  • Corneal Injuries / surgery
  • Corneal Surgery, Laser / adverse effects
  • Corneal Surgery, Laser / methods*
  • Dry Eye Syndromes / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications / etiology
  • Keratoconus / surgery
  • Keratomileusis, Laser In Situ
  • Myopia / surgery*
  • Patient Selection
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Visual Acuity