What Is SMILE?
The Most Significant Advance in Laser Eye Surgery Technology in Over 10 Years
SMILE is a one-step, one laser procedure that is less invasive than LASIK.
The SMILE Procedure
SMILE stands for SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction and is the most recently FDA-approved laser vision correction procedure. SMILE is considered the most significant advance in laser eye surgery technology in over 10 years
LaserVue is proud to be the first laser vision correction center in Northern California to offer the Zeiss VisuMax laser for SMILE Laser Vision Correction. The SMILE procedure is the most cutting-edge laser eye surgery for the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism providing LASIK-like outcomes in a less invasive surgery.
SMILE is a one step, one laser, minimally invasive procedure. During a SMILE procedure, your surgeon will use computer guided, highly focused laser light to cut a tiny incision in the cornea and will use it to remove a small piece of corneal tissue (called a lenticule). In a matter of seconds, the cornea has been reshaped to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. SMILE has been available in the U.S. since 2016, the procedure has been available in other countries for more than 10 years, and 5 million procedures have been performed worldwide.
The procedure combines the safety of traditional vision correction techniques with even greater comfort and potentially greater precision.
A precise procedure
The cornea composes 5 layers. To correct eyesight focusing problems, only the stroma (the middle layer) has to be reshaped. The SMILE laser works to apply a series of tiny bubbles to create the base of the lenticule (in the lower part of the stroma) and then the top of the lenticule (in the upper part of the stroma). The creation of a small keyhole incision allows your surgeon access to the stroma, so the surgeon can remove the targeted piece of tissue in order to correct your vision. That’s it! In a matter of seconds cornea has been reshaped and the patient is provided optimal visual results.
Comfort and ease
The actual laser portion of the procedure is quick – it’s completed in 25 seconds. SMILE is designed to ensure it’s a very comfortable procedure. Although everyone and their body are different, most people will be feeling great the very next day.