2018 is a great year to sort your vision out

2018 will go down in history for many reasons. It’s the year Korea united under one flag at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, the centenary of the end of fighting in the First World War, and the first time in history the World Cup will be held in Russia. Oh, and not forgetting the year Elon Musk launched a sports car complete with driver into space.

And if that isn’t enough, it’ll also be the 300th birthday of Mardi Gras, the 100-year celebration of statehood of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and the final days of many popular attractions at Disney World as it gets ready for its big 2019 makeover.

Yep. There’s literally no end to the reasons why 2018 will be the best year yet. And so, naturally, you’ll want to be able to enjoy it to the full and bear witness to it in all its weird and wonderful glory. Luckily, 2018, as well as being a great year for world culture and celebration, will also be one of the greatest years ever in the field of vision correction.

Why 2018 is the year to have Laser Eye Surgery

Last year was a great year for Laser Eye Surgery. Millions of patients successfully received treatment for a broad spectrum of refractive errors, including those previously considered incurable. A lot of the success was thanks to ReLEx SMILE, a revolutionary, minimally-invasive form of Laser Eye Surgery first performed on a patient over a decade ago.

In 2017, SMILE was incredibly popular with everyone from athletes and gym enthusiasts to Youtubers and young professionals. The U.S. Department of Defense even began offering SMILE to its service members and the first US Navy personnel underwent the treatment. 2017 was undoubtedly a transformative year for the treatment, but with all its recent exposure and now 10 years of clinical practice under its belt, 2018 will be the year SMILE really comes into its own.

ReLEx SMILE is more than a good enough reason to have Laser Eye Surgery in 2018, but it’s not the only one:

High-quality Laser Eye Surgery is more affordable than ever: There’s a big difference between low-cost and high-quality Laser Eye Surgery. With high street providers undercutting private and independent clinics with their bargain-basement offers, for years the two have been mutually exclusive. But to cull this trend and meet the objective of making safe and effective Laser Eye Surgery available to all, today some of the most prestigious clinics offer as much as two years interest-free finance. Making even cutting-edge treatments like ReLEx SMILE a reality for many more people.

Innovation is at its best: As mentioned, SMILE, the keyhole form of Laser Eye Surgery, is already in full swing and demonstrating its ability to make the procedure shorter, safer, more comfortable, and more accessible. But alongside SMILE, the industry has also seen improvements in other areas, such as in the pre-operative screening process, safety protocols, and aftercare regime. As a treatment that’s thoroughly embedded in technology, Laser Eye Surgery never stops evolving and is therefore constantly improving its treatment methods and patient experience.

It’s time-tested and proven: Although SMILE was first performed over a decade ago, it takes time to prove treatments are safe and effective, and subsequently roll them out into clinical settings. In 2018, SMILE has amassed bags of theoretical empirical evidence to support its efficacy, and with its strong foundation of real-world case studies behind it, it seems the only things people have to say about it are good.

In fact, The Surgeon’s Guide to SMILE: Small Incision Lenticule Extraction by Professor Dan Z. Reinstein, Mr. Timothy J. Archer, and Dr. Glenn I. Carp is coming out in April 2018, demonstrates the maturity of the procedure. This 450-page textbook is designed to provide surgeons who are interested in starting or are already performing SMILE with a detailed description of the preoperative assessment, surgical technique, and postoperative management of SMILE treatments.

Is 2018 the year you’ll finally have Laser Eye Surgery? Find out more and get in touch with one of our Patient Care Coordinators today.