SMILE Laser Eye Surgery: The State-Of-The-Art Procedure To Treat Nearsightedness

Are you tired of your blurry world? Do you want to start waking up with a clear vision and skip the constant search for your eyeglasses? Lucky you – a laser procedure, SMILE, is ready to solve your problems!


Introducing the FDA approved SMILE laser eye surgery, a minimally invasive laser vision correction. ReLEx SMILE from ZEISS, first performed 10 years ago, remains to be the only solution for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction or SMILE until now. Over 1,700 surgeons and more than 1 million SMILE procedures have been performed worldwide with few to no complications ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 per eye.

Compared to LASIK, which needs a large opening to enable the excimer laser to reshape the underlying cornea, SMILE only needs 2-4 mm opening. The SMILE laser eye procedure is aided by a femtosecond laser, a highly focused laser light, to create a tiny incision in the cornea which will be used to remove a small piece of corneal tissue (lenticule). With the tiny lenticule removed, the cornea is reshaped, correcting your nearsightedness.

The actual laser procedure can be completed in about 25 seconds. SMILE combines the safety of traditional techniques with greater comfort and precision, leaving the patient recovered quickly the next day. The incision heals within a few days with no stitches and sharper vision occurs immediately.

Who Are Qualified To Undergo The SMILE Procedure?

SMILE laser eye surgery candidates must be at least 22 years old, have less than -10.00 diopters (D) of nearsightedness, no more than -0.50 D of astigmatism, and a stable eyeglass prescription for at least 12 months. To date, SMILE can only correct nearsightedness, whereas LASIK and PRK can also treat significant amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism.


SMILE Benefits And Advantages

✔ Minimally invasive
The small incision preserves the upper corneal layers, causing fewer transected nerves that maintain biomechanical stability, lowered risk of dry eye syndrome, and fewer complications with night vision.

✔ Higher precision
Performed with a VisuMax® femtosecond laser, high precision, proven outcomes, predictability and ease of use are assured. According to a study of 328 people who underwent SMILE, only a single person had uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 20/40 and the rest had UCVA of 20/20 or better.

✔ Single step
One laser, one treatment plan, and one laser process. Due to less dehydration of the cornea, there is less need for additional procedures after SMILE.

If you are nearsighted and meet the other criteria stated above, you may be a good candidate for SMILE laser vision correction. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor to get started.

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