This third- and latest-generation procedure allows for an extremely rapid healing and recovery process.

At a glance

  • Precise and painless surgery: 100% laser
  • Least invasive procedure: corneal microincision (2–3 mm)
  • Safe and simplified technology: blade-free
  • Very rapid procedure: 20 to 30 seconds
  • Almost immediate recovery

About SMILE treatment

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, and can be used to correct myopia and astigmatism at the same time, whilst leaving the surface of the cornea essentially intact. As such, there is no need to cut a corneal flap.

During the procedure, a femtosecond laser is used to cut a lens-shaped disc of tissue into the cornea, referred to as a lenticule. Subsequently, a minute curved incision (less than 3 mm) is made on the surface of the cornea through which the surgeon can extract the lenticule, thereby modifying the shape of the cornea and correcting the patient’s myopia or astigmatism.

This safe, painless, latest-generation procedure allows for a faster healing and recovery process whilst preventing any discomfort following the procedure.

SMILE treatment is advised for all patients suffering from myopia and/or astigmatism, especially those patients who are ineligible for standard procedures (femto-LASIK/PRK) for the following reasons: cornea too thin, ocular dryness, direct and sustained contact due to professional or sporting activities (fire-fighters, policemen, martial arts practitioners, etc.).

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Vos questions sur le traitement SMILE

What visual defects can be treated using the SMILE technique?

Currently, it can only be used to treat myopia and astigmatism. Studies are ongoing into using the technique to correct other visual defects.

Can I do sport after undergoing SMILE treatment?

With SMILE treatment, all activities can be resumed as normal 48 hours after the procedure with the exception of water-based activities (such as using a swimming pool, sauna, steam room or jacuzzi, or swimming in a lake etc.), which must be avoided until 7 days after the surgery.

Can you rub your eyes when you have had SMILE surgery?

Yes, you can rub your eyes from the day after the procedure.

The femto-LASIK technique combines femtosecond laser and excimer laser treatment in order to remodel the cornea.


The PRK technique enables refractive treatment to be performed on the surface of the corneal stroma after removal of the superficial corneal epithelium.


The LBV technique involves applying the principle of monovision, in addition to which a corneal profile is established in order to create depth of field and thereby improve mid-field vision.


The ICL technique involves implanting an intra-ocular lens inside the eye, behind the iris and just in front of the lens.

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