SMILE Refractive surgery Course

SMILE Refractive Surgery Course

Introduction to SMILE surgery course with live surgery - Saint James Eye Clinic, Malta

Friday 20th July 08:30 till 17:00
Saturday 21st July 09:00 till 12:00

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide Refractive surgeons interested in  performing SMILE surgery, with a comprehensive overview that will help them launch their own SMILE surgery practice.  


The course will take you through  the whole process, from patient selection, pre-operative assessments, the actual surgery as well as post-operative management  You will be able to assist  live surgeries combined with a wet lab, supported with a detailed practical analysis of the clinical and surgical steps, with video based backup, to highlight important surgical pearls for SMILE.

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Mr Franco Mercieca MD, FEBO, FRCOpth
Consultant Ophthalmologist – Saint James Eye Clinic

Mr Justin Kodurand BSc Optom (Hons), MCOptom, EAOO
Lead Optometrist – Saint James Eye Clinic

Course Outline

Friday 20th July

Introduction – delivered by Andrei Camenzuli

09:00 till 11:00

  1. Understanding femtosecond and Visumax platform
  2. Patient selection and work-up
  3. Treatment planning
  4. Patient and laser preparation
  5. Docking, centration and cyclotorsion
  6. Lenticular extraction.

Coffee Break

11:15 till 13:15
Intraoperative complications; prevention and management:

  1. Suction loss
  2. Opaque bubble layer
  3. Black spots
  4. Identifying surgical plane
  5. Retained lenticule fragments
  6. Cap tears
  7. Miscellaneous

Lunch Break
Live surgery performed by Mr. Franco Mercieca

Wet lab and video clips of intraoperative complications and their management – delivered by Mr Andreas Bartels



An informal dinner hosted by Saint James Eye Clinic

Saturday 21st July

Post-operative visits of live surgery patients – delivered by Mr Franco Mercieca

Post op complications; prevention and management

Coffee Break

Retreatment options after SMILE
Discussion and conclusion

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Fee Per Registration: €1500