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The day of the SMILE procedure? What will happen?

On the day of the operation you will arrive at the time given to you. It’s best not to wear eye makeup or to put any drops in the eye. The reception staff will check your details and then you will be shown in to the laser suite where the surgical staff will be. Once ready you will be escorted into the laser room. You will lie down on the laser trolley and the surgeon will move you into position under the laser.

A drop of anesthetic is placed on your cornea and a clip is placed between your lids to hold them open. The surgeon will be giving verbal instructions during all this time.

You will be asked to stare at blue light to hold your gaze in the correct place. Slowly the laser machine will maneuver you into the precise position while you stare at the blue light. Then the laser machine will make contact with your eye with a gentle kiss. When everything is ready the laser starts and approximately 27 seconds later the laser procedure is finished. The surgeon removes the lenticule carved by the laser. Then the exact same procedure is carried out on the other eye.

When all is finished the trolley will be brought back to the rest position and you can sit up and begin to check out your new vision.

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Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.


Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.


Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.