In honor of all the service men and women that give up so much to protect our country, Laser Eye Institute wants to give back this Memorial Day. We will be selecting three veterans to receive SMILE vision correction surgery free! SMILE is a new form of vision correction that is similar, yet different from traditional LASIK. If you’re curious about what SMILE LASIK is, follow this link. If you are a veteran or would like to nominate one to win free SMILE vision correction, nominate here!
In addition, for every procedure performed in the month of May, Laser Eye Institute will donate $50 to Operation Homefront – a charity that provides vision care, transportation, food and financial assistance to military families in need. If you, or someone you know, have been thinking about having laser vision correction, help us give back to our troops by having your procedure done this month!
In honor of this contest, Dr. Haddad will be on WXYZ Channel 7 News this Monday, May 1, 2017! Be sure to check him out around 8:30 AM talk about SMILE as well as this awesome contest for veterans!
The first Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) surgery was performed in Michigan today, by Dr. Daniel Haddad, founder and medical director of Laser Eye Institute. SMILE surgery is a new form of laser vision correction that affords a quicker recovery, less discomfort and may be a better alternative than LASIK for some patients.
LASIK, which stands Laser Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, is surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK reduces a patient’s need for glasses or contact lenses by reshaping the surface of the eye using a laser. To aid in the healing process of LASIK surgery, a thin flap is created, lifted during the procedure, and placed back down (like a Band-Aid®).
The new SMILE procedure takes place below the surface of the eye, allowing the surgeon to reshape the eye by creating a lenticule (a small disk-like sliver) and then removing the lenticule with a small side cut. Utilizing this method to correct vision, there is no flap which results in less weakening of the cornea, and allows patients to heal quicker, feel less discomfort (dry eyes) and resume physical activity much sooner.
To date, more than 700,000 SMILE procedures have been performed outside the U.S. In September 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the procedure in the U.S. SMILE surgery became commercially available in March.
“Laser vision correction surgery continues to evolve, and this new SMILE procedure has proven to be very effective for patients in other countries. Local patients now have access to this minimally invasive procedure,” said Dr. Haddad. “The abbreviated recovery period and ability for patients to quickly resume daily activities will impact everyone from athletes, police and firefighters, military personnel to the average person,” he said.
For the time being, LASIK surgery will continue as the prominent form of vision correction surgery as the SMILE procedure currently is not effective for those with astigmatism or far sightedness. “Approximately 20-30 percent of patients are solid candidates for SMILE surgery, but like any technology this will increase over time,” Dr. Haddad said.
Those interested in the SMILE procedure should visit www.lasereyeinstitute.com/smile to find out if they are a candidate for this new procedure.
A few weeks ago, on February 2nd 2017, Dr. Haddad was invited to guest lecture at Kresge Eye Institute as part of the Luther L. Fry, M.D. Lectureship. This lectureship was formed to provide both doctors and residents with lectures from some of the top cataract surgeons in the country. As a refractive and cataract specialist, Dr. Haddad was very excited to be a part of this series. His lecture focused on the challenges faced when planning cataract surgery patients who have had some sort of vision correction (LASIK, PRK) in their past. Who knew doctors still had to go back and review physics equations?
His talk entitled Planning Cataract Surgery in Post Kerato-Refractive Surgery Patients focused on how to increase the predictability and improve the overall outcomes in patients having cataract surgery that had undergone previous vision correction (such as LASIK, PRK, or RK).
Before the lecture, Dr. Haddad had the chance to sit down with the residents at Kresge and talk to them about the field of ophthalmology. If you’ve ever spoken to Dr. Haddad before, you know how passionate he is about his work and loves any and all technology that will help give his patients a better result. He talked to them about everything from radial keratotomy (RK), a popular vision correction procedure back in the 80s, to running a practice, and even shared stories from his recent trip to Mexico, where he practiced his surgical techniques for the SMILE procedure. (Stay tuned for more exciting news to come about that) Dr. Haddad has such a passion for teaching and the smile he wore all day proved just that. Afterwards, the Kresge residents and physicians spent the rest of their evening at a local restaurant in Detroit discussing the resident's upcoming career goals, and the future of vision correction.
Dr. Haddad performed his first SMILE procedure this past weekend (12/03/2016) with Dr. Mendez at Mendez Vision Institute in Mexico. SMILE is a new form of vision correction that builds upon the safety, accuracy, and results of LASIK. Over 700,000 SMILE procedures have been performed outside the US. As part of his training to become the first surgeon in Michigan to offer SMILE Dr. Haddad traveled to Mexico City to the Mendez Vision Institute to complete his SMILE training.
Dr. Mendez is the chief surgeon at Mendez Vision Institute. Through his clinic’s foundation, Fundacion Vision, his clinic offers free vision care to low-income families in Mexico City who could otherwise not afford care. As is standard for surgeons, Dr. Haddad spent a day completing his rounds of test-cases on pigs eyes (they closely mirror the human eye!). The next day Dr. Haddad along with Dr. Mendez performed SMILE vision correction on some very excited patients.
The next day Dr. Haddad & Dr. Mendez saw the patients that had SMILE treatment the day before. All the patients were amazed at how quickly their vision had improved. Dr. Haddad was equally excited to become the first surgeon in Michigan to be certified to perform ReLEx SMILE and will begin offering this form of vision correction to eligible patients in early 2017 when final FDA approval is received.
Dr. Haddad would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mendez and his entire team at the Mendez Vision Institute.