Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE, Carl Zeiss Meditec) monovision could be a valid option to manage presbyopia in patients with myopia, said Sheetal Brar, MD.
She presented outcomes from 6 months of follow-up in a study that included 18 myopic patients who underwent SMILE bilaterally. All patients had right eye dominance and were targeted for emmetropia in their right eye and for myopia ranging from -1.00 to -1.75 D in their non-dominant left eye, depending on their tolerance and reading requirement.
“After 6 months of follow-up, we found that SMILE monovision provides satisfactory visual outcomes for near, intermediate, and distance vision and is associated with minimal side effects of nighttime halos and glare,” said Dr. Brar, Nethradhama Eye Hospital, Bangalore. India.
“However, SMILE monovision is a relatively new treatment modality,” she said. “Therefore, longer follow-up is needed to establish the benefits of this modality over other laser-based presbyopic procedures.”