What makes SMILE different from LASIK?
Since its FDA approval in 2016, SMILE laser eye surgery has been an excellent option for patients with nearsightedness, astigmatism, and Contact Lens Intolerance. SMILE is performed with the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser, an advanced technology that ensures excellent predictability and ease of recovery. It is a flapless procedure that corrects the refractive error through the removal of the lenticule from the cornea - a thin contact lens-shaped layer of tissue, just beneath the surface of the eye.
SMILE is the only bladeless and flapless option to correct your vision. It is a one-step, one laser procedure, while LASIK is a two-step, two laser procedure.
The 4 mm incision made on the cornea is 80% smaller than the flap cut made during conventional LASIK. This makes the cornea biomechanically stronger after SMILE as compared to other forms of laser vision correction. It also reduces the common dry eye condition that may occur with PRK/LASEK and LASIK procedures. In effect, it combines the advantages of older laser vision correction options and reduces or eliminates their shortcomings and side effects.
There is no noise, no pressure, no burning smell during the process. This provides added comfort and convenience for the patient. It is an advancement in technology millions have been waiting for over the last several decades. In FDA studies, 90% of patients who received SMILE had 20/20 vision or better.
Why Choose SMILE?
Cornea stays strongest
Reduced chance of postoperative dryness
Quicker healing time and a more comfortable recovery
If there are any complications in LASIK, then 99% of them are due to flap
Since SMILE has no flap, there are no flap-related complications
For those playing contact sports, there is no risk of flap displacement