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Give yourself a sporting chance with S.M.I.L.E.™ at Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic.

Knowing when to S.M.I.L.E.™

If you were to think of jobs for which you would require perfect vision, then probably sports would come to mind and especially motorsports. How may racers – in any category - wear glasses?

Malta’s Andrea Fabri took first place in in this June’s National Drifting Championship, to the delight of the crowds at Ħal-Far as well as the delight of his eye surgeon: earlier that month, Andrea had undertaken the S.M.I.L.E.™ procedure at Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic.

Improvements worldwide have transformed surgeries from significant operations, with long recovery periods, to ‘walk in walk out’ experiences and Saint James opened their purpose built ophthalmic centre of excellence in 2016 to meet this demand.

S.M.I.L.E.™ stands for Small Incision Lenticular Extraction and is the most advanced, minimally invasive treatment for the correction of myopia and astigmatism- or short-sightedness and visual blurring to you and me.

Andrea Fabri. Image Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic
Andrea Fabri. Image Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic

The Procedure

Once the patient has been diagnosed and booked, the next stage is extremely rapid. Surgery on both eyes usually takes about 15 or 20 minutes maximum. Recovery times are swift: there are no beds in the hospital as only local anesthetic is used. BUT - and all the surgeons are at pains to stress this - post care is crucial for the overall health of the patient and his/her eyes. The care is neither onerous nor complicated but more about basic hygiene. The only restriction is no swimming for 3 weeks. Luckily it does not apply to drag racing.

Congratulations Andrea and his impressive Toyota Supra.

Keeping your eye on the ball

Nicholai Grech is another sportsman who would not benefit from an expensive pair of frames on the rugby pitch.

Nicolai Grech. Image Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic
Nicholai Grech. Image Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic

As a prized member of The Malta Rugby League’s national team during its busiest-ever schedule - they will participate in two world events, the Emerging Nations World Championship at the end of the year in Sydney and The European Championship C - South, which doubles up as a qualifying event for 2021 Rugby League World Cup 2021, together with other internationals, including a June Test against South Africa - Nicholai’s vision is now 100% thanks to the same S.M.I.L.E.™ procedure at St James Hospital Eye Clinic.

Time to party.

S.M.I.L.E.™ is not just for sportsmen though; despite the presence of Dale Camilieri of Balzan FC, Nate Darmanin, DJ and broadcaster, Lara Azzopardi, actor and artist

and Quinton Scerri, producer, presenter and business consultant,

are all beaming at the world with clear sight thanks to Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic.

L to R Dale Camilieri; Nate Darmanin; Lara Azzopardi; Quinton Scerri. Photo Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic
L to R Dale Camilieri; Nate Darmanin; Lara Azzopardi; Quinton Scerri. Photo Copyright Saint James Hospital Eye Clinic


What are the success rates for laser eye surgery?

Research carried out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2006 considered laser eye surgery both safe and effective. Success rates for LASIK are accepted to be 98% according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and, as of September 2017, doctors performing laser vision correction surgery using the revolutionary S.M.I.L.E™. refractive technology have now surpassed one million procedures worldwide.

For more information or to book an appointment.

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