SMILE: New 15 minute vision correction procedure

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- For the first time in more than a decade, the FDA has approved a new type of laser eye surgery.

SMILE - short for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction - is an innovative, new method of performing laser eye surgery and while it may not replace the traditional LASIK procedure, it might be a viable option for patients who have thin corneas and cannot undergo LASIK.

Like LASIK, SMILE surgery is bladeless, however it requires no laser tissue ablation.

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