How Does SMILE Eye Surgery Work?

Are you considering laser eye surgery? SMILE eye surgery can dramatically improve your vision. It corrects the angle of light entering your eyes, so you see more clearly and with less reliance on glasses or contact lenses. 

What is SMILE Laser Eye Surgery? 

SMILE eye surgery is a quick, painless procedure that corrects vision problems. This procedure requires minimal downtime and offers results that can last for many years. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes place in minutes. Dr. Senekal and his team are proud to offer this innovative vision correction procedure. 

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How Does SMILE Eye Surgery Work?

During SMILE eye surgery, a femtosecond laser creates a small lens-shaped disc (lenticule) in the cornea. This disc is then removed through a small incision. This process reshapes the cornea, correcting any refractive errors and improving vision. The incision made during the surgery is smaller than that used in traditional LASIK surgery, resulting in less stress to the eye and faster healing time.

What are the Benefits of SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?

SMILE has a range of benefits over other types of laser eye surgery. 

Minimally Invasive

SMILE laser eye surgery involves a tiny incision and no flap, making it less invasive than traditional LASIK surgery.

Quick Recovery Time

People typically experience less discomfort and faster healing time, allowing them to return to normal activities within a few days.

Low Risk of Complications

The smaller incision and lack of a flap reduce the risk of complications such as dry eye syndrome, which is more common after LASIK surgery.

More Precision

The femtosecond laser used in SMILE surgery allows for more precise corneal reshaping, significantly improving vision. 

Request a Consultation

We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.

What is Recovery Like After SMILE Eye Surgery?

SMILE eye surgery requires less recovery time than other types of laser eye surgery. Most people return to their usual activities in one to two days. Minor eye sensitivity or irritation can last a few days. Use your eye drops precisely as directed, and avoid swimming or areas with large amounts of dust or irritants in the air for one week. 

Am I a Candidate for SMILE Eye Surgery?

97% of people who have SMILE with Dr. Senekal will achieve 20/20 vision after the procedure. Good candidates for SMILE meet these criteria:

  • Overall healthy eyes
  • A cornea healthy enough for the procedure
  • A refractive error within the range that SMILE can treat
  • Typically over the age of 18

Since SMILE does not use a flap, it is an excellent option for those with chronic dry eye symptoms or who engage in contact sports. An assessment at Visionmax will help determine which type of laser eye surgery will work best for you. 

I absolutely loved my experience with VisionMax. They have the most incredible staff, from start to finish they were so helpful and informative! I was nervous and Dr.Senekal talked me through the whole procedure, making me feel so comforted. It was over before I knew it (quite literally)! I cannot recommend going to VisionMax enough!
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Take the Next Step

To learn more about SMILE eye surgery, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling (780) 452-4111. We look forward to helping you!

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