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    Long-term observation of SMILE gives better myopia prognosis

    Postoperative results showed high stability at 5 years; visual acuity remained at 90%

    Today, small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is very common. Despite this, while more than 750,000 procedures have been completed internationally,1 only a few clinics in the world have recorded observations of more than five years.

    The stability of the refractive correction is one of the most important indicators in refractive surgery, which is why my colleagues and I evaluated the stability, safety, efficacy and predictability of SMILE in patients who underwent the procedure in 2011. By comparing postoperative results at 12 months with those at 5 years, we now have a long-term prognosis for patients who undergo SMILE.

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