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-which is the laser we have been using for several years to perform Bladeless All Laser LASIK-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 is the clinical description of 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. This disc is then removed through a very tiny incision and the net effect on the corneal shape corrects 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.
Please feel free to discuss any fears, concerns, questions or thoughts about Bladeless All Laser LASIK or any Laser Eye Surgery procedure for Laser Vision Correction with our doctors or the staff. We will be pleased to spend whatever time is necessary to review any information about Bladeless All Laser LASIK, what to expect on surgery day, follow-up care, fees and affordable “no money down” easy monthly payment plans that will fit into your budget.
SMILE with Femtosecond Laser