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SMILE Laser Surgery: The New, Improved Version of Traditional Laser Eye Surgery

Category: LASIK

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If you’re looking for a safe, effective way to correct your vision problems, you may be considering laser eye surgery. And if that’s the case, you should know about SMILE laser eye surgery. SMILE is just as good as traditional laser eye surgery but has some added benefits. So if you’re interested in getting laser eye surgery, be sure to ask your doctor about the laser SMILE procedure!


What is SMILE LASIK Eye Surgery?

SMILE eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery that is used to correct vision problems. It is an acronym for small incision lenticule extraction. The SMILE surgery is performed through a small incision in the cornea, and a laser is used to create a lenticule, which is then extracted. This changes the shape of the cornea, which helps to correct vision problems. This refractive surgery can be used to treat myopia and astigmatism. It is a relatively new type of surgery, and it has been found to be safe and effective. Many people who have undergone SMILE eye surgery have reported excellent results.

“I am happy to say that I made the best decision in getting SMILE eye surgery! I honestly came in hoping to at least see as good as the vision my glasses and contacts gave me. Looking back, I can only think how crazy I was to think that way because now I see better. The procedure was painless, and the doctor and nurses were great at explaining my care with out making me feel overwhelmed. At my follow up appointment my vision was 20/15. A little over a year later I have not one complaint and my life and smile are so much bigger! I can cook without my glasses getting fogged. My hair isn’t constantly getting stuck in my glasses. I can hug my husband without poking him in the eye. And the biggest thing, I can play with my children and not worry about my glasses falling off and stepping on them.” – Alysha, SMILE Patient


How Much Does The SMILE Eye Procedure Cost?

SMILE eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery that can correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. The average cost of the SMILE procedure is $3,000 – $4,000 per eye. This price range may vary depending on the surgeon’s experience and the type of laser used.


How Long Does SMILE LASIK Eye Surgery Last?

The surgery is conducted using a laser, and it usually takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but most people are able to see well enough to drive within a day after the surgery. In general, the SMILE surgical procedure is a very effective and safe procedure with a quick recovery time.


Benefits of Laser Vision with SMILE Eye Surgery:

SMILE is a newer procedure that has many benefits. SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. The smile technique uses a small laser to create a lenticule (a thin disc of tissue) inside the cornea. This lenticule is then removed through a small incision, which is typically only 2-4 mm long. There are several advantages of smile LASIK over traditional LASIK:

– First, the incision used in SMILE LASIK is smaller.

– Second, SMILE LASIK preserves more of the healthy corneal tissue on your eyes.

– Finally, SMILE LASIK can be performed on patients who have thinner corneas than what is typically required for traditional refractive LASIK surgery. This makes SMILE LASIK a vision option for a wider range of patients who want to improve their vision with a laser procedure.


Results After SMILE:

While both SMILE and LASIK eye surgery are effective methods of correcting vision, there are some key differences between the two procedures. SMILE eye surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a small incision in the cornea. This allows the surgeon to access the inner layers of the cornea and correct any irregularities. LASIK, on the other hand, involves creating a window opening on the cornea and then using a laser to correct any vision problems. However, both procedures are relatively safe, effective, and allow patients to typically return to their normal activities the next day.

If you are nearsighted and struggling with astigmatism, contact our office at (210) 585-2020 or by submitting your info here! We’d love the opportunity to discuss SMILE Eye Surgery with you!


Be sure to talk to one of our doctors about not only the benefits of LASIK, but also any risks of LASIK that may pertain to your individual needs and circumstances.

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