Laser vision correction allows you to see more clearly. SMILE eye surgery is a good choice for many people, even some who cannot have LASIK. The two procedures have many similarities, but they also have significant differences that might make SMILE the right option for you.
What is SMILE Eye Surgery?
SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) uses a precision femtosecond laser to reshape your cornea. This clear structure helps control the angle of light entering your eye. When light enters at the proper angle, it forms a clear image. SMILE changes the angle of the light to make your vision sharper and clearer.
How Does SMILE Eye Surgery Work?
SMILE uses a laser to create a small disc of corneal tissue. The laser does not damage the outer layer (epithelium), but it separates a disc called a lenticule from the rest of the cornea. Your eye surgeon uses a 2-3mm incision to remove the lenticule. The incision requires no sutures and begins to heal almost immediately.
How Much Does SMILE Eye Surgery Cost?
The cost of SMILE eye surgery varies depending on your location and provider. While cost is one factor in choosing your SMILE eye surgeon, you should also consider their experience, skill, and training.
The average cost of SMILE is between $2000 and $3000 per eye. This is comparable to the cost of LASIK and similar procedures. We recommend a consultation so we can provide you with accurate pricing and financing information.
Benefits of SMILE
People choose SMILE laser vision correction for many reasons. SMILE provides highly effective vision correction with minimal downtime. It even works for some people who are not good candidates for LASIK.
SMILE is the least invasive type of laser vision correction. The 2-3mm incision minimizes disruption of the corneal epithelium. This prevents the complications that can occur with the larger flap used in LASIK.
SMILE surgery provides dramatic vision improvement. Over 97% of Dr. Senekal’s patients have 20/20 vision or better post-SMILE.
SMILE and other types of laser vision correction have an extensive history of safety, especially when used by experienced providers. SMILE minimizes your risks by reducing injury to the cornea and avoiding complications related to a corneal flap.
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.
Am I a Good Candidate for SMILE?
You may be a good candidate for SMILE if you are nearsighted or have astigmatism, and your prescription is in the range that SMILE can treat. People with chronic dry eye syndrome may not be good candidates for LASIK but may be excellent candidates for SMILE. Only your eye surgeon can determine which procedure is best for you.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about SMILE, 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!