Surgical risks can be reduced to a minimum through conscious acting and through our quality management but cannot be excluded completely. But there is a solution for nearly all complications, if patient and physician behave correctly.
The employment of modern technologies at our locations as well as regular training, the experience of the operating surgeons and of the whole Smile Eyes team contribute decisively to minimize the risk of SMILE surgeries.
Usually the complications are limited to four problems:
1. Loss of vacuum
A loss of vacuum can occur during the 30 seconds of the surgery through extensive pinching or sudden movements of the head. Depending on the progress of the treatment the surgery can either be continued immediately or can be repeated at a later time.
Infections can occur at every surgery.
However the minimal-invasive intervention of the SMILE method bears a smaller risk than LASIK or LASEK.
Aim of the treatment is the complete correction of defective vision. This goal can be achieved in appr. 95% of the cases with one single intervention. Individual tissue reactions can implicate over- or under-correction which necessitate a second intervention.
A constitutional tissue weakness can, very rarely, provoke a protrusion of the cornea soon after the surgery or years after, which can compromise the vision. Until now no case of Keratectasia after a SMILE surgery has been published. As well as after a SMILE surgery on a healthy eye.