What is SMILE Eye Surgery?
Laser vision correction offers a way to let you see more clearly. SMILE is a form of vision correction that reshapes your cornea. SMILE has several unique advantages that might make it the right choice for you.
What is SMILE Eye Surgery?
Laser vision correction treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism using a laser to change the shape of the cornea. SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is a type of laser vision correction that minimizes disruption of your cornea. It uses a precise laser to adjust the cornea to the desired shape and gives you clearer vision. SMILE offers many people the best vision correction option and continues to grow in popularity.
How does SMILE Work?
SMILE works using a high-precision laser for corneal reshaping. The cornea, the transparent layer at the front of the eye, helps focus light. When light entering the eye does not focus on the retina, the image looks blurry. SMILE creates a small disc of corneal tissue under the surface without disturbing the surface layers. The laser then makes a tiny opening in the cornea to remove the disc. This method causes minimal disturbance of the cornea, letting the eye heal rapidly.
Benefits of SMILE
SMILE has several advantages over other types of laser vision correction. SMILE is an excellent choice for many people. Since it does not create a corneal flap, it can avoid some potential side effects.
SMILE technology only uses one laser, making it quicker and more comfortable than similar procedures. Because it only uses a tiny corneal incision, it provides an option for some people with thin corneas who cannot have LASIK.
Safety and Reliability
Computer-guided SMILE technology consistently produces excellent results. SMILE is a very low-risk procedure, although side effects are possible. SMILE is a precise, customized procedure that works one microscopic layer at a time to achieve results.
More Good Candidates
Some people who cannot have LASIK are still good candidates for SMILE. This includes people with thin corneas or those who have chronic dry eye. SMILE also makes a good choice for those who want to avoid a corneal flap that could be disturbed.
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.
Is There Any Downtime With SMILE Eye Surgery?
You can expect blurry vision after SMILE that can last 24 to 48 hours. Most people can drive and return to work within that time. You may have some mild irritation that can last for several days. Eye drops will help control any discomfort. You should avoid swimming or getting water in your eyes for 1 week.
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!