Taking a look at the improvements made this past year in refractive accuracy through several new technologic evolutions.
A highlight of 2014 is the increasingly widespread acceptance in Europe of the Small Incision Lenticular Extraction (SMILE) technique (Carl Zeiss Meditec) in LASIK.
The advantages are correction of refractive errors through a small incision with minimal pain, less induced dry eye, and a more rapid recovery, said Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD.
“The SMILE technique is gaining traction in Europe and we look forward to its coming to the United States. It may offer improved corneal refractive outcomes with reduced risks because of the small incision,” said Dr. Donnenfeld, clinical professor of ophthalmology, New York University Medical Center; trustee, Dartmouth Medical School, and founding partner, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre, NY.
Topography-Guided Refractive Surgery
Clinicians in the United States also are eagerly awaiting topography-guided PRK and LASIK, Peter Hersh, MD, noted. Thus far, Alcon has received an FDA approval for this technology.