In late February, Dr. Asim Piracha, a refractive specialist and the medical director at John-Kenyon, was approved to perform the Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) Procedure. Dr. Piracha performed the new eye laser correction procedure in early May, which made him the first doctor in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to do the surgery. The SMILE patients are experiencing great results from the procedure.
“We were excited when SMILE was approved in the United States, and even more so when we could offer this procedure to our patients,” Dr. Piracha said. “SMILE does not replace LASIK, but it is an alternative for patients who have thinner corneas, dry eye conditions and people with careers that are at risk for eye trauma.
SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure that is the most comfortable of all the laser procedures. The procedure removes a small piece of the cornea to reshape the eye in minutes, with the laser only taking 30 seconds of the time. This next generation technology only requires one laser, which makes it very precise. Many patients can return to normal activities the day after the procedure.
By adding SMILE and additional procedures, John-Kenyon remains in the forefront of advanced technology for laser vision correction.
“At John-Kenyon we are a comprehensive center that can tailor the treatment based on the patient’s needs and desires,” Dr. Piracha said.
SMILE may still be newer on the technology front, but the procedure is gaining awareness. A recent NBC article covers the procedure and the experience of a patient in Cleveland, Ohio.