SMILE is a new laser vision correction procedure to treat nearsightedness
Overland Park, KS (September 14, 2016) – Durrie Vision, a refractive surgery and research facility specializing in laser vision correction, announces plans to introduce VisuMax SMILE, a new procedure from ZEISS, designed to treat nearsightedness, or myopia. The announcement follows the US Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of this latest advancement in laser eye surgery.
To correct a patient’s refractive error, the surgeon uses the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser to create a thin disc-shaped piece of tissue that is then removed by the surgeon. This changes the shape of the cornea to correct the nearsightedness. Though just being introduced in the US, this minimally-invasive corneal procedure has been performed internationally on over half a million patients in 61 countries since its introduction in 2011. Dr. Daniel Durrie, founder of Durrie Vision, spent time overseas training along with surgeons performing the procedure. “Results from both our international colleagues as well as the US-based clinical studies demonstrate the safety, efficacy and excellent visual outcomes of the SMILE procedure,” said Dr. Durrie. “We are delighted to make this exciting new technology available to our patients.”
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearsightedness affects more than 40% of the US population, a number that has increased from 25% in 1970. “The number of people affected by nearsightedness is increasing. As this figure continues to grow, it is imperative that the treatment options available to these patients expand as well,” said Dr. Jason Stahl, Durrie Vision refractive surgeon. “The addition of SMILE to Durrie Vision’s offerings gives us more power to customize a treatment plan to fit both the patient’s vision and lifestyle.”
To determine candidacy for SMILE, or any laser vision correction procedure, a patient will need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgery. For more information, visit www.durrievision.com
About Durrie Vision
Durrie Vision, in Overland Park, Kansas, is a world-class refractive surgery center and research department located in the Kansas City metro. At Durrie Vision, our focus is on providing exceptional outcomes within a world-class patient experience. Our laser vision correction options, such as advanced LASIK and refractive lens procedures, have helped thousands of people enjoy better vision. We are committed to excellence because the world turns to us for answers, and our patients turn to us for the best quality of care and technology available. Our refractive surgeons – Dr. Daniel S. Durrie, Dr. Jason E. Stahl, and Dr. Timothy P. Lindquist – are among the most experienced refractive surgeons in the country with international reputations as innovators and leaders in the field.
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