WK Eye Institute Surgeons Expand Laser Vision Technology to More Patients

Oct 17, 2018

FDA Approval of SMILE® Technology Addresses Astigmatism

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of the Zeiss ReLEx® SMILE®  for patients who are nearsighted and have astigmatism, clearing the way for Willis-Knighton surgeons to provide vision correction to a larger audience. The SMILE technology, often referred to as “the next generation of LASIK,” was first introduced in Louisiana by WK Eye Institute surgeons Wyche T. Coleman, III, and Christopher Shelby, MD, who are pleased to expand the benefits of this vision technology to more people.

Doctors Coleman and Shelby have performed SMILE  since April 2017. “This approval dramatically expands the number of candidates for SMILE. Just about anyone who is nearsighted with astigmatism who would be a candidate for LASIK will now be a candidate for SMILE,“ Dr. Coleman says.

 The minimally invasive procedure uses the VisuMax® femtosecond laser to create a thin, disc-shaped lenticule (disc of corneal material), which is extracted through a small incision on the surface of the cornea. This adjusts the curvature of the eye, correcting the vision. The VisuMax femtosecond laser is the only laser that can currently perform the SMILE procedure. Doctors Coleman and Shelby were the first surgeons in Louisiana to use the VisuMax femtosecond laser to perform SMILE and are the only eye surgeons in the area who are trained to use this technology. The techniques they use in the procedure for this new group of patients are identical to those used on patients not affected by astigmatism.

“Willis-Knighton is the only facility in Louisiana to truly have all available options for modern laser vision correction,” Dr. Coleman explains.  “This gives us the ability to recommend what is best for the patient without being limited by lack of equipment. We expect the capability of SMILE, which was first performed more than 10 years ago, to continue to expand as time goes on. It is important to note that everything we are doing in the U.S. has been going on for many years internationally, so we have a high level of comfort in the safety and accuracy of the procedure.”

To date, more than 1.5 million SMILE treatments have been performed worldwide. More information on this procedure is available at from the WK Eye Institute’s Refractive Surgery Center by calling (318) 212-2015 or visiting wkeyeinstitute.com.