What is SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?
LaserVue is the first eye care center in Northern California to offer ReLEx® SMILE. The new ReLEx® SMILE is the most significant advance in laser eye surgery technology in over 10 years. VisuMax Femtosecond Laser for the small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is designed to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness in certain patients 22 years of age or older.
Developed by Carl Zeiss in Germany, this new procedure provides a minimally invasive treatment for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. The procedure combines the safety of traditional vision correction techniques with even greater comfort and potentially greater precision.
SMILE at a glance:
- The world’s most cutting-edge laser eye surgery
- Uses only one laser (femtosecond)
- The procedure only takes approximately 25 seconds per eye
- Minimally invasive
- 100% blade-free
- Minimal discomfort
- Fast recovery time
- Safely treats -1.00 to -10.00 dioptres of myopia and up to 5.00 Dioptres of astigmatism
- No more glasses or contact lenses
SMILE Laser Eye Surgery– one step to better vision
SMILE is a one step, one laser, minimally invasive procedure that uses photo separation of tissue. Computer guided, highly focused laser light is used to create a lenticule (precise lens-shaped disc within the cornea), which is then removed through a tiny keyhole incision.
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). Lastly, it allows for keyhole access, so the surgeon can remove the targeted piece of tissue. That’s it! In a matter of seconds cornea has been reshaped and the patient is provided optimal visual results.
SMILE vision correction is a pain-free keyhole procedure using a single advanced Zeiss laser.
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 is different, most people will be feeling great the very next day.
The Difference Between SMILE and LASIK
A ReLEx® SMILE Laser Eye Surgery is a one-step, one laser only procedure. By comparison, LASIK is a two-step, two laser procedure.
During a LASIK procedure, a corneal flap is created using a femtosecond laser and then an excimer laser ablates the tissue to reshape the cornea. During a SMILE procedure, the femtosecond laser is used to cut a small corneal lenticule (precise lens-shaped disc within the cornea) and then it is removed via a small keyhole incision.
The biggest difference and advancement between the two is the fact that SMILE laser eye surgery is a flapless procedure. Because there is no flap created like in LASIK, there is no chance of a flap-related complication.
Not everyone is a good candidate for ReLEx® SMILE Laser Surgery. For a small subset of people that experience corneal issues or dry eyes, LASIK could still be the better option. As always, the only way to know for sure is to set up an appointment with a qualified laser eye surgeon.