SMILE is a type of bladeless flapless Laser Vision Correction we can use to correct your vision to see clearly at distance. At The Eye Clinic of Texas we perform SMILE with the Zeiss VisuMax® Femtosecond Laser by using very specialized software and techniques. SMILE can only be performed with the Zeiss VisuMax® Laser. SMILE stands for “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction” which what we actually do to correct nearsightedness. We use the VisuMax® Laser to separate a thin lenticule-a microscopic disc- of corneal tissue from within the cornea and then remove it through a very tiny incision to create a new corneal shape to correct your nearsightedness. Unlike Bladeless All Laser LASIK there is no flap created and no cornea tissue is ablated or vaporized. This is extremely useful for anyone with dry eyes, any corneal surface problems and those who might participate in contact sports and need to avoid a “flap” Laser Vision Correction treatment. For some patients, SMILE may provide a better outcome. For others, LASIK is still the best option. Come to The Eye Clinic of Texas for a free consultation and we will thoroughly examine you and make recommendations on which Laser Vision Correction procedures are right for you and which ones will give you the best results for your individual situation and lifestyle needs.