SMILE is a painless and very effective procedure, so there’s no need to feel nervous. Even if you are a little worried, our friendly, highly trained team will make sure you feel completely at ease before, during and after your procedure.
We will ask you to lie on a treatment bed and will position you beneath the laser.
We will administer anaesthetic drops to numb the first eye and cover the fellow eye lightly with a gauze eye pad. We will place a special device gently between the eyelids to prevent blinking and keep the eye in the correct position during the surgery. We will ask you to look at a light above you while the laser creates a disc-shaped piece of corneal tissue, leaving a tiny opening on the surface of the cornea. This will take approximately 25 seconds, and you will not feel any pain.
The surgeon will then use special instruments to dissect and remove the excess tissue through the small opening. This is completely painless and takes a few minutes only. The small opening closes immediately and takes only a few hours to seal completely.
We then repeat these steps for the fellow eye.
After relaxing for approximately 15 minutes, the surgeon will check your eyes and administer some more drops. They will then place a clear eye shield over each eye, which you’ll need to leave in place overnight. You will be able to return home and rest for the remainder of the day.
The next day you can remove the eye shields and start the use of post-operative eye drops. You will need to attend a follow-up check. There will be subsequent follow-up appointments at one week and one and three months post-treatment.
Don’t worry if you live outside of Auckland; your local optometrist will be able to continue your care once you return home. We will arrange these appointments for you.