March 07, 2017
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First ReLEx SMILE procedure performed in US

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The first ReLEx SMILE procedure in the United States was performed by Jon G. Dishler, MD, at the Dishler Laser Institute in Colorado, according to a Carl Zeiss Meditec press release.

ReLEx small incision lenticule extraction to treat myopia has been performed outside of the U.S. more than 700,000 times since 2011. The VisuMax femtosecond laser used to perform the minimally invasive procedure was approved by the FDA in September 2016.

“SMILE, the first major advancement in laser vision correction since the 1990s, promises to reinvigorate the refractive market by providing surgeons a new premium laser vision correction option for their practice,” Jim Mazzo, global president ophthalmic devices for Carl Zeiss Meditec, said in the release.