Ultrafast laser corneal refractive procedure to expand to patients with myopic astigmatism

Oct. 11, 2018
Carl Zeiss Meditec has received U.S. FDA premarket approval for the ReLEx SMILE PMA ultrafast laser procedure. 

Carl Zeiss Meditec (Dublin, CA), the Medical Technology business group of Zeiss (Oberkochen, Germany), has received U.S. FDA premarket approval (PMA) for the ReLEx SMILE PMA ultrafast laser procedure, expanding myopia treatment to patients with astigmatism. The PMA also provides for a small entry incision to be made, allowing the SMILE procedure to be potentially less disruptive to the corneal surface tissue.

The ReLEx SMILE procedure, which made its U.S. debut in 2016, uses the company's VisuMax femtosecond laser to create a lenticule inside the cornea and access incision in a single treatment step. Incisions are made through microscopic-photodisruptions of tissue, created by ultrashort pulses.

The VisuMax laser has already received U.S. FDA clearances for LASIK flap, keratoplasty, and ICR. With the approval of ReLEx SMILE, patients can now benefit from a minimally invasive surgery performed on one laser vs. two.

VisuMax and ReLEx SMILE are registered trademarks of Carl Zeiss Meditec.

For more information, please visit www.zeiss.com/med.

About the Author

BioOptics World Editors

We edited the content of this article, which was contributed by outside sources, to fit our style and substance requirements. (Editor’s Note: BioOptics World has folded as a brand and is now part of Laser Focus World, effective in 2022.)

Sponsored Recommendations

Request a quote: Micro 3D Printed Part or microArch micro-precision 3D printers

April 11, 2024
See the results for yourself! We'll print a benchmark part so that you can assess our quality. Just send us your file and we'll get to work.

Request a free Micro 3D Printed sample part

April 11, 2024
The best way to understand the part quality we can achieve is by seeing it first-hand. Request a free 3D printed high-precision sample part.

How to Tune Servo Systems: The Basics

April 10, 2024
Learn how to tune a servo system using frequency-based tools to meet system specifications by watching our webinar!

Precision Motion Control for Sample Manipulation in Ultra-High Resolution Tomography

April 10, 2024
Learn the critical items that designers and engineers must consider when attempting to achieve reliable ultra-high resolution tomography results here!

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!