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A refractive surgery success story turns 10

SMILE is a laser eye surgery success story that already looks back on 10 years. First performed on a human eye in 2007 by Walter Sekundo with a VisuMax® femtosecond laser from ZEISS, it became commercially available in 2011 with the launch of ReLEx® SMILE from ZEISS. Today over 1,300 surgeons worldwide in over 65 countries have already performed over 1 million SMILE treatments. As an FDA approved procedure, it offers clinics an additional Laser Vision Correction option with great prospects to enhance their services portfolio.

  • SMILE Milestone Timeline

  • 2006

    Introduction of the ZEIS VisuMax femtosecond laser

  • 2007

    Walter Sekundo performs the first SMILE procedure on a sighted patient

  • 2011

    SMILE enters the market with the commercial launch of ReLEx® SMILE

  • 2017

    First commercial cases in US

  • 2017

    Over 1 million successfully treated eyes worldwide


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What is SMILE?

Small incision lenticule extraction, better known as SMILE, is the first minimally invasive Laser Vision Correction procedure. During SMILE eye surgery, a lenticule is created inside the intact cornea using the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser and extracted through a small incision. The lenticule is removed, thereby achieving the desired vision correction.


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The benefits of SMILE surgery

SMILE offers a variety of clinical advantages, as studies have shown. The incidence of transient dry eye syndrome following surgery is lower. As a minimally invasive approach, it offers the potential for more biomechanical stability of the cornea. Also, wound healing has been shown to be faster. Patients describe the treatment experience as very gentle and are generally highly satisfied with the efficacy and results.

Why surgeons are using SMILE

More and more clinics are performing laser eye surgery with SMILE. Leading specialists provide insights on why they choose SMILE.

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What surgeons from around the world are saying

  • “I operated on my own 18-year-old daughter with SMILE, so what more can I say?”
  • “Anyone not offering SMILE in the near future will simply not survive the highly competitive refractive markets.”
  • “SMILE is the perfect solution for my demanding patients in the high price segment.”
  • “Patients want quality of vision and a high level of safety. That’s why we choose SMILE. Small incision – great patient satisfaction.”

What surgeons from around the world are saying

A rapidly growing number of refractive surgeons around the world are already treating patients with SMILE. Renowned specialists share experiences they have made and information they have gathered thus far with the minimally invasive procedure.


  • ReLEx SMILE Brochure

    The first minimally invasive SMILE solution

    Pages: 8
    File size: 2 MB
  • VisuMax from ZEISS

    Defining the pulse rate in refractive surgery

    Pages: 12
    File size: 2 MB
  • SMILE Flyer

    Broadening the vision of success

    Pages: 6
    File size: 350 KB