Jon G. Dishler M.D., First Surgeon in North America to perform the Innovative SMILE procedure from Zeiss, Introduces ReLEx SMILE- A New Flapless Laser Treatment

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Dr. Jon G. Dishler, sets a new milestone in refractive surgery, by being the first and most experienced surgeon in America to perform SMILE, a new FDA approved laser vision correction procedure to correct myopia or nearsightedness,as an alternative to LASIK.

Jon G. Dishler M.D.,F.A.C.S. U.S. Medical Monitor for the ReLEx/SMILE procedure to correct myopia or nearsightedness.

"I was very impressed with the excellent refractive outcomes in our clinical study, especially in those patients who were most dependent on their spectacles for daily life.”

Jon G. Dishler, M.D., F.A.C.S. announces that on, September 13, 2016, approval has been received from the FDA for the novel treatment of nearsightedness using the SMILE procedure. Dr. Dishler was the first doctor to perform this procedure in North America, and was the Medical Monitor for the pivotal clinical trial which led to this approval along with other investigators from around the country. SMILE is a minimally invasive approach using a femtosecond laser to correct vision with removal of a tiny piece of tissue from within the cornea. The procedure is approved to a broad range of corrections which were previously only treatable with glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK type surgical procedures.

Dr. Dishler presented the first update in the clinical trial leading to the approval in June of 2012 and this data allowed expansion to the full clinical cohort of subjects whose one year post-operative results were deemed safe and effective by FDA resulting in the approval.

“Many individuals have provided excellent work to bring this procedure to the American public and we are pleased to have played a part in this process” said Dr. Dishler and in addition he commented that “This is a new and appealing option for many who have concerns about the existing choices for surgical vision correction. I was very impressed with the excellent refractive outcomes in our clinical study, especially in those patients who were most dependent on their spectacles for daily life.”

To date, a total of approximately 350 patients have been treated within the scope of the trial, at five centers in the USA. Outside the USA there are more than 150 centers in 38 countries with more than 300 surgeons performing the SMILE procedure. Many hundreds of thousands of procedures have been completed at this time worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.dishler.com.

About Dr. Dishler:
Dr. Dishler 's qualifications and credentials as one of the top LASIK surgeons include:
Over 14 years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK and PRK
Over 26 years experience in refractive surgery (laser vision, lens implants and RK)
Performed over 60,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures
Principal Investigator for 10 FDA Studies for laser manufacturers such as Bausch Lomb, ReVision Optics, Meditech Carl Zeiss, and the Dishler Excimer Laser
First laser vision surgeon to perform Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK) in Colorado
First laser vision surgeon and only ophthalmologist in Colorado to develop an FDA approved Excimer Laser
First LASIK surgeon to perform LASIK surgery in Colorado in 1995
First LASIK surgeon to perform LASIK for farsightedness in Colorado
First LASIK surgeon to perform 100% All Laser IntraLASIK in Colorado
First laser vision surgeon to use the Zeiss M.E.L. 80 excimer laser in Colorado
First laser vision surgeon in North America to use the Zeiss Visumax Femtosecond laser
First laser vision surgeon in Colorado to perform the FLEX procedure Femtosecond Lenticular Extraction

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Rachel Gomez, M.S.N.
Dishler Laser Institute
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