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    Touch-up techniques following SMILE

    Surgeons need to be aware of the options for enhancement

    Research shows that enhancement rates after LASIK range from approximately 7.8% to 20%, with regression of approximately 1 diopter after 10 years.1-4 However, in small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), we found that after 5 years, regression is approximately half a diopter lower, with enhancement rates of between 2.1% to 2.9% after 1 to 2 years.5 Even with this low enhancement rate, there is still a need for surgeons to be aware of the options for enhancements after SMILE.

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