During a LASIK procedure, a circular corneal flap is created first with a femtosecond laser. After the corneal flap is established it is then raised. The surgeon then uses an excimer laser to reshape on the underlying stroma by removing the appropriate corneal tissue for vision correction.


SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is a laser eye surgery intended to correct near sightedness (often in higher degrees of severity) astigmatism to improve the patient’s overall vision. SMILE is the most recently developed mainstream laser eye surgery to earn consideration for widespread treatment. Although it is relatively new, refractive errors in over three million eyes have been corrected by SMILE as of June 2020.


Cornea Lenticule Extraction for Advanced Refractive Correction (CLEAR) is a femtosecond laser surgery that is used to correct Myopia and Astigmatism without creating a corneal flap, similar to SMILE but created with a low energy laser.

CLEAR at a Glance:

  • Similar to SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
  • Good choice for those with Dry Eye conditions
  • Suitable for those who cannot have LASIK
  • Short recovery time

Advantages of CLEAR

  • No corneal flap
  • No worries about flap dislocation
  • Less risk of dry eye post-refractive surgery
  • Minimal tissue damage
  • Minimal side effects
  • Less inflammatory response contributes to a quick visual recovery



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