True, but if SMILE was thought to be better, more would have adopted it by now. Plus, as per Bochner aritcile -- there is the example of Moorfields Eye Hospital in London(England) that did spend the money to buy SMILE equipment, tried it, saw some issues, and dropped it.Inclemental wrote: ↑ Not getting into the technical PROs/CONs between LASIK vs SMILE. In business aspect, cost of a new machine is a major setback for many clinic to go for SMILE. It is a completely new machine which cost at least $500k to purchase + all other ongoing cost. If a clinic is doing well on LASIK and PRK which operate on the same machines. They don't benefit by investing a new machine and new tech. After all, our benefit is not their priority concern. Business is business.
Addendum: Moorfields is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe.