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SMILE Surgery in Turkey (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)

SMILE aka Small Incision Lenticule Extraction is a surgery to increase a patient’s eyesight by using unique laser devices. As Clinic Center, registered in UK, we are proud to offer you the best price possible. Contact us today to learn more about SMILE eye surgery in Turkey.

What is a SMILE surgery?

In LASIK, a large opening is needed to enable the excimer laser to reshape the cornea tissue. In SMILE eye surgery, only a very small opening is needed to remove the lenticule. In the SMILE procedure, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a small, lens-shaped bit of tissue (lenticule) within the cornea. Then, with the same laser, a small C shaped incision is made in the surface of the cornea, and the surgeon extracts the lenticule through this incision and discards it. With the tiny lenticule removed, the shape of the cornea is altered, correcting nearsightedness. The corneal incision heals within a few days without stitches, and sharper vision occurs very quickly.

How is a SMILE surgery done?

The laser is preset with exact measurements for your eye. Anesthetic eye drops will be applied. Your Surgeon will place an eyelid holder on your eye to keep you from blinking. A suction ring lifts and flattens the cornea and helps keep the eye from moving. The laser shapes a disc-shaped piece of cornea below the surface of your eye. This is the “lenticule” that gives the surgery its name. The laser then makes a minor incision in your cornea. This gives your surgeon access to the disc that the laser shaped. The entire laser treatment takes about 30 seconds. Your surgeon removes the disc-shaped piece of cornea through the incision. This reshapes your cornea.

Who is a candidate for SMILE?

Unlike LASIK and PRK, SMILE can only correct nearsightedness. For other eye conditions you should check out LASIK and PRK options. You can contact your Clinic Center patient service coordinator about this.

  • Your eyes must be healthy.
  • Your cornea must have sufficient thickness.
  • Your pupils must not be too large.
  • Your prescription must be within certain limits.
  • Your vision must be stable.

If you are pregnant, you should delay surgery.

How to get ready for a SMILE surgery?

Your Clinic Center surgeon will perform a detailed eye exam to see if you are suitable for SMILE eye surgery in Istanbul method. There are three main factors that determine your eligibility. Thickness of the cornea, vision problem; whether it is myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, and lastly the pupil size. Other examination tests will be done if the surgeon thinks it is necessary. It is important for the patient to tell his/her medical history and if he/she is using any medications. Another important thing is that you should stop wearing contact lenses before the surgery since it alters the shape of cornea temporarily and may give incorrect information about your eyes.

How painful is a SMILE surgery?

SMILE procedure in Turkey is done under local anesthetic eye drops, you will not feel any pain but you may experience slight pressure on your eye.

What are the risks of SMILE?

Like any surgery, SMILE laser surgery in Turkey carries the risk of problems or complications you should consider. These include:

  • glare and halos around lights, especially at night
  • inflammation within the treated area
  • infection
  • Secondary surgery with PRK

Also, with SMILE, your vision may end up being undercorrected or overcorrected. These problems often can be improved with glasses, contact lenses, or additional laser surgery. Most complications can be treated without any loss of vision.

SMILE surgery results in Turkey

Research is showing SMILE procedure gives actually the same visual acuity as LASIK for the correction of nearsightedness, without corneal flap. In one study of 328 people who underwent the SMILE procedure, all but one had uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 20/40 or better after surgery, and 88 percent had UCVA of 20/20 or better.

What to expect after a SMILE surgery?

Your personal host will be with you after the surgery to help you back to the hotel. You should plan to take a nap or just relax for the rest of the day. You should take your eye drops as prescribed by your surgeon. Your vision may be blurry right after SMILE surgery. Your vision will keep improving as your eyes heal. You can do most normal activities after a day or two. Don’t get any water in your eyes for 2-3 days.

How long does it take to recover from a SMILE surgery?

SMILE and LASIK procedure patients will be symptomatic on the day of the laser procedure, regardless of which type, they should expect their eyes to water, with itchiness, pricking sensation, poking sensations, inability to open the eyelids comfortably, heavy lids etc. This usually settles down by the end of the day or definitely by next morning, having decreased in intensity as time passes.

Advantages of SMILE surgery in Turkey assisted by Clinic Center

Clinic Center, registered in UK, offers reasonable costs for SMILE eye surgery in Turkey. Your package includes several advantages of having SMILE surgery in Istanbul with Clinic Center. SMILE surgery in Istanbul with the assistance of Clinic Center provides you the best price: Contact us today!

3 nights of accommodation at a 4-star hotel

All inner transfers with car

Personal host

Free check-up and regular follow-up

If you choose Clinic Center to assist you with your SMILE surgery abroad, you will have all these advantages.

SMILE surgery Cost in Turkey

SMILE surgery is an affordable procedure to increase quality of vision. Turkey is welcoming thousands of patients each year for SMILE eye surgery in Istanbul. Our experienced doctors perform hundreds of SMILE eye surgery each year in Istanbul. Clinic Center, registered in UK, is supported by Turkish Ministry of Health and Economy, which enables us to provide better prices for our patients. Along with the best price, Clinic Center also offers special advantages when it comes to patients’ satisfaction. Contact us now to learn more about SMILE surgery in Turkey costs.

SMILE surgery recovery and aftercare

You will be given a prescription which includes eye drops to use after the surgery. It is important to keep using these eye drops as instructed by your surgeon. You should avoid rubbing or scratching your eyes. Prescribed eye drops will lessen these side-effects. Rubbing your eye is a serious problem since your eye is still recovering. After one moth, most of the healing will be done. You will not feel any pain or discomfort by this time. However it is still too early and you should avoid rubbing your eyes. You must ensure that healing process is going properly. If you have any questions about aftercare from SMILE eye surgery, you can always contact our aftercare team.

Fast Facts About SMILE surgery in Turkey

Procedure:Laser Eye Surgery / SMILE
Duration:10-15 Minutes (Per Eye)
Stay:2 Nights Hotel
Anesthesia:Local Anesthesia
Recovery:2 to 7 Days to Return to Work
Side Effects:Temporary Visual Discomfort, Dry Eyes, Sensitivity in Eyes, Blurry Vision
Complications:Halos, Double Vision, Undercorrections, Overcorrections, Regression, Vision Loss, Infection
Exercise:2 Week – Light exercises (contact sports and swimming after one month)
Scars:No
Pain:Only Discomfort
Results:Immediate Improvement

SMILE surgery FAQ

How Long Until I Can Return to Normal Activities After SMILE?

The next day you can do your normal activities and also drive. You can go back to work 48 hours after SMILE laser surgery unless your Clinic Center surgeon tells otherwise. You need to wait at least 1 week before swimming, but your surgeon will tell you the best time for it.

How long does SMILE take?

Entire procedure will take around 30 minutes.

What happens afterward?

Your surgeon will place eye drops and ointments. After resting for a while you can go back to your hotel. You will notice the improved vision immediately, and it will keep improving for couple of weeks.

When may I resume driving?

You need to wait 1 day before driving.

Can I go back to work right away?

You need to rest two to three days after the surgery before going back to work

When may I go back to wearing makeup?

You can wear make-up typically 1 week after the surgery unless your surgeon tells you otherwise.

Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. It is not advice on your specific needs and circumstances. It does not replace the need for you to have a thorough consultation, so you should get advice from a suitably qualified medical practitioner. Please bare in mind that as with all operations, there are risks involved in having cosmetic surgery.

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