We understand why so many people come to us seeking to improve their vision, because many of us used to deal with the same frustrations. We also realize that LASIK has been the go-to procedure our patients connect with vision correction for a long time. But what you might not realize is that there may be an even better way to go: SMILE LASIK. SMILE LASIK may help you enjoy even better vision than LASIK, but with a lower risk of side effects, a shorter recovery period, and a higher rate of patient satisfaction.
Ready to learn more about this advanced path to visual freedom? We thought so!
What Is SMILE LASIK?
The unique SMILE LASIK operation uses an ultraprecise femtosecond laser, one of the trusted lasers used in LASIK, to create a small disc of tissue just under the surface layer of your cornea. When this disc or “lenticule” is removed via a minuscule opening in the eye, the curvature of the cornea is precisely changed: this helps your eye focus and can dramatically improve vision affected by nearsightedness or astigmatism.
Benefits of SMILE Laser Eye Surgery
Thanks to advances in technology, our ophthalmologists are able to provide many of our patients with enhanced benefits through the SMILE laser vision correction procedure, including:
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Unlike traditional LASIK, our surgeons don’t need to create a flap to access the cornea during SMILE. SMILE is also a bladeless, all-laser procedure.
Fast and Effective
SMILE only takes a few minutes to perform, and with more than 6 million procedures performed across the world, this form of laser vision correction is proven to be effective for refractive errors such as nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Faster Visual Recovery
Patients enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery after SMILE. Many of our patients get back to work and other normal activities (including exercise and wearing makeup) the very next day!
Our patients experience little to no discomfort during the SMILE procedure, and the recovery process is also more comfortable than with some other procedures.
SMILE is less likely to cause dry eye symptoms, a known side effect of LASIK and PRK.
Meet Your SMILE Surgeons
Preparing for SMILE Laser Eye Surgery
The SMILE Vision Correction Procedure
Before the procedure begins, anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes. You should feel no pain, and you won’t even need to worry about blinking because your eyes will be held open for you. Once you’re comfortable, your eye surgeon will use a precise laser to create a thin layer under your cornea (called a lenticule). When the lenticule is removed through a tiny incision, the shape of your cornea will be improved.
Recovery After SMILE LASIK
You will likely experience some fluctuation in your vision, but you should start seeing some improvement within just a few hours. You’ll receive prescription eye drops to use for the next week to 10 days. While recovery sometimes takes a couple of weeks, most patients report that their eyes were fully healed and they enjoyed complete vision correction about a week after SMILE surgery!