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How Does SMILE LASIK work?
Laser vision correction works by altering the shape of a part of the eye called the cornea. This is the thin, transparent lens that covers the very front part of the eye and is responsible for refracting the light so that it passes through our eyes and onto the retina. The retina then turns the light into messages that are sent to our brain, which tells us what we can see. When the light is not refracted correctly, it doesn’t land on the retina as it should, causing us to experience blurred vision.
In conventional LASIK, laser technology is used to create a flap in the outer corneal tissue. The laser is then used to change the curvature of the underlying cornea so that light is refracted correctly. However, SMILE uses a very different technique. In SMILE LASIK there is no flap creation as opposed to a standard LASIK procedure. Instead, a small incision is made on the cornea to provide access to the tissue beneath. This incision is around 80% smaller than that which is used in conventional LASIK, which helps to ensure the integrity of the cornea. Once the incision has been made, the laser is used to create a lenticule – a tiny, disc-shaped area of tissue within the cornea. It is this lenticule that when removed, changes the shape of the cornea so that light can be refracted accurately onto the retina.
What to Expect from SMILE LASIK in Roslyn, New York
SMILE LASIK is not different from other laser eye surgeries in terms of the length of the appointment needed and what patients can expect from the experience at our Roslyn, New York LASIK center. Numbing eye drops are used to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort, and once these have taken effect, the laser treatment starts. This takes approximately 30 seconds per eye. The rest of the appointment time is spent informing you about post-op instructions and your SMILE doctor checking your eyes after your procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing SMILE LASIK?
There are a variety of reasons why patients choose SMILE LASIK over other forms of laser vision correction. These include:
Safety: SMILE LASIK is considered the safest type of laser eye surgery, having been developed specifically to improve the safety profile of laser vision techniques. Patients are significantly less likely to experience complications – something which is the direct result of the smaller incision and flapless technique.
Comfort: Patients who choose SMILE LASIK state that they experience less discomfort during and after their laser vision surgery than those who opt for other techniques.
Recovery: Recovery with SMILE LASIK is quick, and most patients can return to their everyday activities the day following their procedure.
Results: SMILE LASIK produces consistent, predictable results every time, giving patients the peace of mind that they will enjoy optimal vision following their procedure.
Am I A Good Candidate for SMILE LASIK?
If you would like to choose SMILE LASIK for your laser vision surgery, you’ll need to attend a consultation with our team at our Roslyn, New York LASIK Center so that we can assess your candidacy. You will need to have healthy eyes and a stable prescription that falls within certain parameters. Patients who are suffering from eye diseases such as cataracts or who have corneal abnormalities, a history of eye disease, or other issues, may not be good candidates for treatment. Our team will evaluate you and give you a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.