What Is SMILE Eye Surgery

What is SMILE?

SMILE is the latest advancement in laser vision correction for myopia (near-sightedness), providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally invasive procedure.

Why is it called SMILE ?

SMILE is an acronym that stands for "SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction".  Simply put, a VisuMax Femtosecond Laser is used to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening, through which the layer is removed. 

How does the SMILE procedure work?

Based on the patient's prescription, a microscopic disc of tissue "lenticule" will be created by the laser inside the intact cornea.  The lenticule is then extracted through a small opening, eliminating the need for a flap. SMILE is not performed on the surface of the eye so vision recovers quickly.  With SMILE, you may experience less dry eye and discomfort during and after the procedure. Those who have not been LASIK or PRK candidates in the past may now have a laser vision correction option with SMILE.

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What Can I Expect After My SMILE Procedure?

Vision recovers quickly after SMILE. Many people return to most of their normal activities the next day and because there is no flap, patients are able to resume activities like swimming, out door sports etc. within the first week after SMILE.