Lenticular Extraction

Lenticular extraction, sometimes known as SMILE laser eye surgery, is the latest, proven laser procedure, with millions of procedures performed worldwide, It is a procedure used to correct refractive errors such as short-sightedness and astigmatism. It involves the removal of a precisely measured piece of cornea to alter the refractive power of the eye.

Lenticular extraction is ideal for individuals who have an active lifestyle and want a gentle procedure with rapid results, without compromising the structure of the cornea.


What is Lenticular Extraction?

This innovative technique corrects short-sightedness and astigmatism without requiring a flap or laser disruption to the front eye. One advanced laser corrects vision by creating a thin, contact lens shape layer of tissue within the cornea. The doctor removes this tissue through a small opening, rather like a keyhole technique.

The treatment is very gentle and minimally invasive, providing quick and comfortable results. This enables you to return to your day-to-day life more quickly than other laser eye procedures.

Who is Lenticular Extraction for?

This procedure corrects short-sight and astigmatism. It is recommended if you:

  • Wear glasses and contact lenses for distance vision
  • Are over 18 years old with a stable prescription
  • Experience mild dry eyes or tend to rub your eyes
  • Live an active lifestyle
  • Want to experience rapid results and a quick recovery

When considering vision correction, you will need a detailed eye examination. This will ensure suitability and advise the most appropriate option for your vision needs.

How is Lenticular Extraction performed?

The actual procedure is performed in less than 15 minutes:

  1. Numbing the eye: anaesthetic drops are given to numb the eye. Yes, that’s right, no needles or injections.
  2. Correction of the refractive error: in one single step, the femtosecond laser gently creates the precise and thin lenticule of tissue, which corrects your vision and a tiny opening.
  3. Removal of lenticule:  our surgeon will remove the tissue, and the procedure is complete.

How long does Lenticular Extraction take?

The journey to good vision is simple and takes three steps:

1. Consultation

We perform a complete ophthalmic examination, including detailed scans and discuss your vision needs. Our consultant ophthalmologist will then explain the best treatment plan for you and answer all your questions.

2. Treatment

You will be with us for around an hour on the day of treatment. The actual laser procedure lasts for around 15 minutes. Once our specialist consultant ophthalmologists have completed your procedure, you can return home and relax.

3. After your procedure

We will evaluate your visual progress the following day and confirm your return to work and driving, with two further checks at one and six weeks.  Then you simply enjoy your new vision and life without glasses.

Lenticular Extraction Procedure

The procedure starts with a thorough eye examination to determine suitability. This involves extensive, specialised scanning, vision measurements and refraction; as well as checking the overall health of each individuals’ eyes.

The surgery is performed in our laser room and local anaesthetic eye drops are administered to ensure patient’s comfort.

The procedure is performed in our dedicated laser room, where a single, femtosecond laser is used to perform our lenticular extraction treatments, by precisely creating a very thin disk of corneal tissue and a small opening.  The surgeon then carefully removes the excess tissue through the opening, which reshapes the cornea.  The treatment is then complete, in around 15 minutes.

Recovery after lenticular extraction is very quick, with most patients experiencing improved vision directly after surgery and achieving driving standard vision or better by the following day.  The clarity of vision continues to improve day by day.  It is important to follow all the postoperative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimise the risk of complications. In summary, lenticular extraction procedures offer excellent results with a quick recovery, while retaining corneal strength and limiting the long-term risk of dry eyes.

Why is Lenticular Extraction a good option?

This is the most recent laser eye surgery technique, which has been available for over 10 years and millions of procedures have already been performed globally.  The procedure is gentle and has minimal impact on the integrity of the patient’s cornea, retaining strength, without discomfort. Making this the ideal treatment for those individuals who enjoy active lifestyle, contact sports and some key careers.

Lenticular extraction also benefits those patients who experience dry eyes or are concerned about this condition post treatment.

If you are found a suitable candidate for lenticular extraction laser eye surgery, we recommend this procedure for the following reasons:



Lenticular extraction is a quick, safe and minimally invasive procedure



Lenticular extraction is comfortable, fast and painless, both during and after treatment


Fast Recovery

Lenticular extraction offers rapid results and a quick return to day to day life



Lenticular extraction is very gentle to your eyes


Excellent Results

Lenticular extraction gives excellent results for shortsight and astigmatism



Lenticular extraction maintains the natural strength and stability of your cornea