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The 3rd Generation of Laser Vision Correction - ZEISS SMILE is LASIK without a flap and PRK without pain

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Dealing with astigmatism, cataracts and other debilitating ocular conditions is not easy. Laser eye surgery is not an entirely new concept. It has been around for decades, and in that time, it has advanced considerably. Many people with eye conditions have wondered if an operation could solve their issues. Instead of wondering, learning about the specific options available can help you take the important first step towards treatment. There are primarily three categories of laser surgery. They include Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) and ZEISS SMILE.

Benefits of ZEISS SMILE

ZEISS SMILE is an impressive treatment option for patients with nearsightedness or astigmatism, as well as those with contact lens intolerance, dry eye tendency and enjoy an active lifestyle. The minimally invasive procedure only takes a few minutes, requiring only a small, precise opening to correct your vision. It’s a gentle, comfortable, stress-free patient experience with a remarkably fast visual recovery.

Results After ZEISS SMILE

Over one million people all over the world are now experiencing clearer vision thanks to ZEISS SMILE. This quick, easy, advanced laser procedure creates a thin contact lens shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening through which that layer is removed, quickly correcting your vision. Even more impressive, most people are able to return to their normal activities the next day with much less postoperative dry eye and discomfort than with other procedures. The results are simply amazing and guaranteed to make you… SMILE.

What is ZEISS SMILE Laser Surgery

ZEISS SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction. It is a laser-based operation that helps correct specific vision problems. There are several components to the technique that make it special. For starters, it is designed to be minimally invasive. While it does involve moving tissue and making an incision, it does so on a smaller scale than most alternative methods.

This is accomplished by using a femtosecond laser. This extremely rapid pulse rate on the surgical tool allows doctors to perform alterations to the eye with more precision and in less time than by other means. Because of this, the average surgical time for a ZEISS SMILE procedure is only 24 seconds. That incredibly small amount of physical correction reduces risks for a number of complications. It also allows a single technique to be applied to different sources of visual problems.

The Difference Between ZEISS SMILE and LASIK

One of the easiest ways to understand ZEISS SMILE laser vision correction is to compare it to Keratomileusis. The latter has been a popular surgical method for decades, and many people have at least some familiarity with it. In essence, the two procedures take a very different approach to optical treatments. Keratomileusis uses a beam to create a corneal flap. This bit essentially sits on a hinge of tissue. The surgeon will then pull the tissue back. Then, a different tool (an excimer laser) is used to reshape the lens. With surgery ZEISS SMILE, that flap is never created. Instead, the rapidly pulsing light is used to build up tissue inside of the cornea. The same stimulated light amplification is then used to make a small incision in order to remove the built-up tissue in the middle. The end result is a reshaped cornea without a hinging flap, with a much smaller incision, and with less invasion overall.

No Corneal Flap

The lack of a flap is a pretty big deal. The substantially larger cut necessary to make the peeled layer is a source of much inflammation, irritation, and complication that can occur after Keratomileusis. By removing that step from the procedure, all of the negative side-effects attached to the methodology disappear. This doesn’t mean that this method is complete without side-effects, but the range of things that can go wrong is reduced by the simplified procedure.

Specialization

The lack of a hinge also changes the nature of incision lenticule extraction as an option for vision problems. Ultimately, it forces this refractive surgery to be more specialized than Keratomileusis. This is both a pro and a con. The technique treats a narrower range of vision issues, but it treats problems within that range to a higher degree than Keratomileusis can. This difference is ultimately what helps doctors and patients determine which method is the right one for each case. Sometimes the specialization shines; other times it is a drawback (which will be discussed further in a moment).

More Benefits of ZEISS SMILE

This method is rising in popularity for good reasons. It offers genuine benefits that are hard to match with other procedures. The full range of benefits is hard to fit into a single list, but these are the most promising ways that they can help your eyes when compared to alternative refractive surgery options.

Dry Eyes

After the operation, patients have reported far less frequent and less severe cases of dry eyes. There are a few possible reasons for this. One is that the lack of a corneal flap causes less overall irritation to the eyes. Another is that the incision itself is much smaller. Regardless, it seems clear to medical science that reducing the invasiveness of the treatment also reduces the side-effects, and this is one way that manifests.

Biomechanical Stability

Another way this method shines is in biomechanical stability. The incision is smaller, so that allows the new shape to be maintained with less trauma and eye strain. Combined with the extremely short procedure time, the eye is undergoing substantially less stress with this method. That leads to better long-term stability.

Single Session Application

There are Keratomileusis procedures that can be done fairly quickly, but lenticule extraction is a single-session procedure. It only involves one cutting tool. By removing the excimer laser from the technique, it simplifies the procedure and that helps lower risks and complications in the long run.

Zeiss Technology

Lenticule extraction uses advanced optical technology. The tools in question perform extremely fast pulses. This increases precision and control in the operation.

To put this in context, a femto-second is a quadrillionth of a second. That’s difficult to put in perspective, but here are a few attempts. Light is the fastest thing in the universe, yet it can only go about 30 centimeters between the pulses of this tool. In a full second, light can circle the globe 7 times. These exceedingly fast pulses allow the doctor to make incredibly minute adjustments to the operation. That’s a big part of how lenticule extraction is able to treat more advanced nearsightedness than other optical techniques.

Eligibility

Some corrective techniques can only treat a small range of underlying conditions. With lenticule extraction, doctors can treat a larger range of root issues, provided that nearsightedness is the ultimate problem. It is not limited to just myopia or astigmatism. It can treat combination issues and resolve them just as effectively. ZEISS SMILE surgery is just as effective at astigmatism or myopia treatments. Within the scope of nearsightedness, ZEISS SMILE can treat a larger range of eligible candidates than many alternative methods.

What is ZEISS SMILE Laser Surgery

ZEISS SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction. It is a laser-based operation that helps correct specific vision problems. There are several components to the technique that make it special. For starters, it is designed to be minimally invasive and creates a gentle and comfortable procedure, both during, and after, the procedure. ZEISS SMILE® Correction uses the latest in laser technology to gently create a thin- contact lens shaped piece of material, just beneath the surface of the eye, which is then removed through a tiny opening. While it does involve moving tissue and making an incision, it does so on a smaller scale than most alternative methods

The procedure is accomplished in one step by using a femtosecond laser. The precision of the laser allows the doctor to reshape your cornea, thus reducing your dependency on glasses and contact lenses and in less time than by other means. Because of this, the average procedure time for a ZEISS SMILE procedure is only 24 seconds. Because the procedure is flapless, your doctor is able to reduce any risks for a number of complications. It also allows a single technique to be applied to different sources of visual problems, to include the correction of myopia and astigmatism.

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The Difference Between ZEISS SMILE and LASIK

One of the easiest ways to understand ZEISS SMILE laser vision correction is to compare it to LASIK. The latter has been a popular surgical method for decades, and many people have at least some familiarity with it. In essence, the two procedures take a very different approach to optical treatments. Modern LASIK uses an all-laser approach while creating a corneal flap. The flap is then lifted like a window, allowing your doctor to reshape the cornea with a second laser called and excimer, and finally once the laser has reshaped the cornea, they are able to lay the flap back down. It recognizes its original place, and starts to heal within just minutes. With a ZEISS SMILE procedure, that flap is never created. Instead, the rapidly pulsing light is applied beneath the first layer of the cornea, allowing your doctor to protect the bio-mechanics of the eye. The same stimulated light amplification is then used to make a small incision (approximately 4mm) in order to remove the piece of material from a small pocket. The end result is a reshaped cornea without a hinging flap, with a much smaller incision, and with less invasion overall.

No Corneal Flap

The lack of a flap is a pretty big deal. The substantially larger incision for LASIK (approximately 20mm) can be a source of inflammation, irritation, and poses the potential for complications that can occur after LASIK. By removing that step from the procedure, all of the negative side-effects attached to the methodology disappear. This doesn’t mean that this method is complete without side-effects, but the range of things that can go wrong is reduced by the simplified procedure.

Specialization

The lack of a corneal flap also changes the nature of incision lenticule extraction as an option for vision problems. Ultimately, it forces this refractive surgery to be more specialized than LASIK. ZEISS SMILE is FDA approved to treat Myopia and Astigmatism and it treats problems within a range to a higher degree than LASIK can. This difference is ultimately what helps doctors and patients determine which method is the right one for each case. Rest assured your doctor will take all considerations into thought (lifestyle needs, occupational needs, and more) while recommending the best procedure for your individual outcome.

Choosing the Right procedure for You

ZEISS SMILE LASIK ICL PRK RLE
Full Name Small Incision Lenticule Extraction Laser-Assisted
In-Situ
Keratomileusis
Implantable
Contact/Collamer
Lens
Photo-Refractive
Keratectomy
Refractive Lens
Exchange
Ideal Age 18-42 18-42 21-42 21-42 43-60
Immediate Results Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Recovery Times Quick Quick Quick Up to 4 weeks Quick
Removable/
Reversible
No No Yes No No
Contraindications Farsightedness Active Lifestyle Shallow Anterior
Chamber
- -
Treats Myopia (Nearsightedness) Yes Mild to Moderate Moderate to Severe Mild to Moderate Mild to Severe
Treats Hyperopia (Farsightedness) No Mild to Moderate No Mild to Moderate Mild to Severe
Treats Astigmatism Mild Mild to Moderate Mild to Moderate Mild to Moderate Mild to Severe
Option for Patients
with Keratoconus
No No Yes No Yes
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Rays
- Protect Against UV
Rays

*Please understand your eyes can take up to 4 weeks to completely heal.

Vision Correction for All Ages

Zeiss SMILE, LASIK, and PRK

There’s now an option for people who are not candidates for LASIK but want clearer vision. RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) replaces the natural lens of the eye with an intraocular lens, providing clear vision. By replacing the natural lens, you will never get cataracts!

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Refractive Lens Exchange

There are a variety of refractive surgeries that can improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a vision correction procedure that is intended for people aged 40 or older. The purpose of the procedure is to reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.

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Cataracts

As we age the natural lens of the eye can become clouded and reduce the quality of your vision. Cataract surgery replaces the natural lens with an intraocular lens restoring clear vision. With many lens options now available, you can not only have clearer vision, but eliminate your need for glasses all together.

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Zeiss SMILE Requires One Laser

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Zeiss Technology

Lenticule extraction uses advanced optical technology. The tools in question perform extremely fast pulses. This increases precision and control in the operation.

To put this in context, a femto-second is a quadrillionth of a second. That’s difficult to put in perspective, but here are a few attempts. Light is the fastest thing in the universe, yet it can only go about 30 centimeters between the pulses of this tool. In a full second, light can circle the globe 7 times. These exceedingly fast pulses allow the doctor to make incredibly minute adjustments to the operation. That’s a big part of how lenticule extraction is able to treat more advanced nearsightedness than other optical techniques.

Eligibility

Some corrective techniques can only treat a small range of underlying conditions. With lenticule extraction, doctors can treat a larger range of root issues, provided that nearsightedness is the ultimate problem. It is not limited to just myopia or astigmatism. It can treat combination issues and resolve them just as effectively. ZEISS SMILE surgery is just as effective at astigmatism or myopia treatments. Within the scope of nearsightedness, ZEISS SMILE can treat a larger range of eligible candidates than many alternative methods.

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Patient Financing

If you are looking for Premium Cataract or LASIK or ZEISS SMILE financing, Dr. Robert Melendez and the Juliette Eye Institute are thrilled to offer Alphaeon Credit! With Alphaeon Credit, you’ll find a wide array of monthly payment options to help you afford excellent vision.

The Alphaeon credit card allows you to move forward with scheduling your procedure without delay. Plus, with special financing options not available with other credit cards, you may find the Alphaeon Credit card is a better way to pay. There is no application or annual fee.

With the Aphaeon Credit Card, you can receive the care that Dr. Robert Melendez recommends with flexible payment options that for your lifestyle.

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CareCredit can be used for multiple vision applications, including LASIK!

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