What is SMILE Vision Correction?

Want something to SMILE about? SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) surgery is the latest advancement in laser vision correction. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to treat common vision problems like nearsightedness and astigmatism. Cataract and refractive surgeon Dr. Ralph Chu is proud to offer this fast-growing treatment in Bloomington, MN. So what is SMILE, and how does it work?

SMILE is best known for improving refractive errors and eliminating your dependence on eyeglasses or contacts. If you are considering laser eye surgery, we encourage you to review the following information and research your options. You can also schedule a SMILE consultation by giving our specialists a call today. The professionals at Chu Vision Institute are happy to answer your questions and concerns.

Candidates for laser eye surgery

During LASIK eye surgery, a small flap is made on the surface of the eye. A laser then reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors. SMILE, however, is less invasive because it does not require a flap. During a consultation, Dr. Chu can learn about your vision problems and determine if this option is best for your eyesight. SMILE may not be right if your vision is unstable or if you have certain eye conditions. Patients who are nearsighted or have astigmatism usually get the best results. Additionally, SMILE vision correction offers the following benefits:

  • SMILE is minimally invasive, with little to no discomfort or pain
  • Most patients can return to their daily routines the next day with clear vision
  • No more hassles with traditional glasses or contact lenses

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How flapless laser eye surgery works

The technology used in SMILE laser eye surgery offers great precision, which means patients experience fewer complications and side effects. SMILE is an outpatient surgery and does not take long to perform. It also allows for shorter treatment time when compared to LASIK. To begin, our team in Bloomington, MN, will numb the eye and keep it stable to prevent it from blinking or moving around.

During a SMILE procedure, Dr. Chu uses a highly focused laser light to create a tiny incision in the cornea. We will use this incision to remove a small piece of corneal tissue, also called a lenticule. This is what reshapes the cornea and corrects your vision. After SMILE vision correction is completed, Chu Vision Institute can give you simple instructions about recovering at home.

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What happens after SMILE surgery?

With flapless laser eye surgery, it is very important to follow your recovery guidelines and aftercare instructions at home. This ensures proper healing with the least amount of side effects. Patients may want to arrange for help from a trusted friend or family member to drive them home following their procedure. You will also want to take the rest of the day off from work or other activities. Dr. Chu can schedule follow-up visits as needed to keep track of your progress.

Schedule SMILE vision correction

At Chu Vision Institute, we understand the idea of flapless laser eye surgery may seem intimidating or scary. Ultimately, our professionals believe SMILE is the best option for people who struggle with nearsightedness or astigmatism. Cataract and refractive specialist Dr. Ralph Chu frequently educates individuals about the benefits of SMILE as well as the risks involved. If you would like to learn more in Bloomington, MN, call our staff for a SMILE consultation today. Our team is excited to offer premier care to each one of our patients.

Dr. Ralph Chu LASIK surgeon Minneapolis Ophthalmologists

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist and a nationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract procedures. His specialty areas include cataract, LASIK, cornea, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries for patients in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities areas.

Posted on October 13, 2022

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