Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Do you love cooking and baking? Are you always looking for new recipes to try?

Do you spend hours in the kitchen whipping up something magical for your friends and family? If so, then you’re most certainly a chef.

You don’t need to be a professional to call yourself a home chef. Whether you consider yourself a professional or not, you need to be able to see clearly.

Anyone wearing glasses or contact lenses can tell you how annoying they are, and when you’re doing something like cooking or baking, they can get in the way. But when you choose to correct your vision, you’ll no longer need to put up with visual aids, in or out of the kitchen.

SMILE can give you better vision and total freedom from glasses and contact lenses, enabling you to be the best chef you can be! Keep reading to find out why SMILE is great for home chefs!

What is SMILE?

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. It’s a refractive procedure that uses a femtosecond laser to change the shape of your cornea to correct how light refracts through your eye.

SMILE can correct two kinds of refractive errors: nearsightedness and astigmatism. The vision correction procedure is minimally invasive because it only removes a minimal amount of corneal tissue.

During SMILE, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a lenticule. A lenticule is a disc-like shape about the size of a contact lens.

It’s made right under the surface of your cornea without penetrating it. Your surgeon will then create a small incision in the cornea to pull out the lenticule.

The incision is small enough to heal on its own without any stitches. Because so little corneal tissue is disturbed during surgery, recovery is quite fast.

If you’re in good health, over 21, have a stable prescription, and are nearsighted with astigmatism, there’s a good chance you’ll be a SMILE candidate. Even if you don’t qualify for LASIK, you may be a better fit for SMILE.

That’s because SMILE, unlike LASIK, is safe for people with thin corneas. The procedure is also faster and less invasive, making it preferable for many patients.

But why is SMILE great for home chefs? There are a few reasons:

Fast Recovery

After you get SMILE, your recovery will be quick. There’s no need to worry about an extended or drawn-out recovery time!

On the contrary! Most people see a massive improvement in their vision immediately and minimal discomfort lasting only a day or two.

You must be careful about what goes near your eyes for the first few weeks following your SMILE procedure. Do your best not to get anything in your eyes.

You may want to stay out of the kitchen or at least from hot frying oils during this time. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to get back to what you love, including cooking.

The best part? You’ll be able to see everything in your kitchen with crisper, clearer vision. It’ll be easier than ever to follow your favorite recipes or taste-test your latest creation!

See Your Kitchen With Clarity

SMILE does more than help you see without glasses or contact lenses. It can also help you see better than you were able to when you wore visual aids.

The vision correction procedure corrects your vision far beyond what glasses and contact lenses could, so most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better.

Want crisper, sharper, and more detailed vision? SMILE can give you this! Many patients even say that colors look bright and more vibrant!

Having more precise vision means you’ll see everything in your kitchen without having to hunch over drawers while you root through them or hold produce close to your face to ensure they’re still fresh or ripe enough. You won’t have to constantly strain your back, bending over repeatedly to read recipes.

You can save yourself from many of the annoyances of cooking when you can see clearly, and you can make better food because you’ll have a more discerning eye!

No More Fogged Up Glasses

If you usually wear glasses because contact lenses aren’t suitable for you, cooking and baking can be an absolute nightmare. Many things can wind up on your lenses when you’re in the kitchen, but probably the worst thing you have to deal with is when they fog up.

Opening a hot oven to check if the cake is done? Your glasses fog up. Taking the lid off a pot of boiling water? Your glasses fog up. Opening up the dishwasher after it finishes to retrieve your freshly washed kitchen supplies? Fogged-up glasses!

Never worry about your glasses fogging up again after you have SMILE because you won’t need glasses. You’ll be able to see no matter what your recipe throws at you!

No More Irritation from Contact Lenses

Although contact lenses can be much more convenient for chefs, they’re far from perfect. Not only do they not correct your vision as well as SMILE can, but they can irritate your eyes.

When working with onions, peppers, and spices, it’s too easy to rub your eyes accidentally. Without contact lenses, you can quickly rinse out your eyes before they start burning.

But with contact lenses, it’s a different story. You have to take them out and clean them, and even then, you may have to toss them rather than risk getting jalapeno juice in your eyes again.

After SMILE, you don’t have to worry about contact lenses anymore. You can breathe easily when working with even the hottest of peppers. You won’t even have to worry about a contact lens falling into your soup, either!

Better Vision For Professionals and Amateurs

Whether you’re an aspiring home chef or cook for a living, you can achieve better vision after SMILE. You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to improve your abilities with a vision correction procedure!

Procedures like SMILE are more accessible than ever. If you want to learn more and take your first steps towards the vision of your dreams, schedule an appointment today at Manhattan LASIK Center in Westchester, NY, for your SMILE consultation! Isn’t it time for better vision?