SMILE (Small Incision Lenticular Extraction) Procedure

Antonio Mendez, MD performs SMILE procedure utilizing Katena's SMILE Instruments. Small Incision Lenticule Extraction procedure provides unprecedented accuracy in vision correction without the creation of a flap, thereby reducing flap-related and dry eye complications. Shown here are the SMILE Spatula, Double Ended (K3-2542) and Mendez SMILE Forceps (K5-5062). The SMILE double-ended spatula was designed specifically for SMILE procedures. One end features a spatula, with a blunt conical tip. It is used to identify the wound site and to begin the dissection of the laser created intrastromal tunnel. The opposite end features a beveled disc-shaped distal tip with a flat posterior surface. This end is used to complete the dissection of the tunnel as well as both the anterior and posterior surfaces of the lenticule. Once the lenticule has been completely dissected, the tips of Mendez SMILE forceps are used to reach, grasp and remove the tissue.