In June of 2016, Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes Jr. attended BRASCRS (BRAZILIAN CONGRESS OF CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY) conference in São Paulo, Brazil. Jonathan Kahn, M.D. (Madison Ophthalmology PLLC) interviewed Dr. Hoopes, Jr. where he spoke about the SMILE technique. SMILE is a new way of performing laser vision correction on the cornea. It uses a femtosecond laser to separate a thin lenticule (or disc) of corneal tissue from within the cornea. This disc is then removed through a very small incision and the net effect on the corneal shape corrects the patient’s short-sightedness (myopia ) and astigmatism. This technique is currently in clinical trials. Pending its approval, this procedure will be another option for some patients who are not good candidates for the LASIK procedure.
Surgical vision correction is a field where technology is constantly advancing. Every year – sometimes every month – new devices and procedures become available, bringing levels of performance that were previously unattainable. Our commitment is to always offer the newest and latest technology; so that our patients may rest assured that they are receiving the safest, most effective treatment available.
Watch Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr. interview.