Patients experience quick recovery of corneal sensation after SMILE

AMSTERDAM — Fewer anterior nerves are cut in the small incision lenticule extraction procedure than in LASIK procedures, resulting in faster recovery of corneal sensation, according to a surgeon.Using a Visumax femtosecond laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec) to remove the lenticule in the SMILE procedure, surgeons cut deeper into the stromal tissue than is done with LASIK, consequently cutting fewer anterior nerves, Marine Gobbe, MSTOphtom, PhD, told colleagues at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.

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