Lenticule extraction procedure leaves cornea stronger, can be used for higher level of myopic correction

AMSTERDAM — Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) preserves total stromal tensile strength (TTS) better than other refractive procedures and can therefore be safely used for higher levels of myopia, according to a specialist.“With SMILE  the anterior part of the stroma, which is the strongest, is not being cut. You only cut the intermediate lamella,” Dan Reinstein, MD, said at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.

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