LASIK vs SMILE for Eye Corrections

Glasses and contacts are a way of life for millions of people, however, even the most meticulous person can lose or break their glasses, and contact lenses can be expensive, not to mention they aren’t right for everyone.

If you have been considering living a life free from contacts and glasses, you’ve most likely been looking into Lasik and/or SMILE. It can be difficult to know which procedure would be best for you.

Both LASIK and SMILE are safe, effective, and trustworthy procedures to correct vision problems, so how do you choose?

The Pros and Cons of Lasik

Lasik, which is short for Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, is one of the most well-known and popular choices for vision correction.

Lasik is perfect for mild-to-moderate astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

During this procedure, your surgeon will use a laser to cut a small piece of the cornea and fold it back. Using an excimer laser, the surgeon will reshape the corneal tissue and correct your vision problems.

The Pros

  • Lasik is a fast and effective means of vision correction
  • Lasik has been performed on millions of patients with minimal issues
  • Most patients can see clearly, without glasses or contacts, within 24 hours

The Cons

  • Lasik is more complicated than SMILE
  • Inflammation, dry eye syndrome, and halos, while not common, can be experienced

The Pros and Cons of SMILE

SMILE was FDA approved in 2012 and has widely been in use since 2016. SMILE is a one-step laser procedure. Dr. Kelly will use a one femtosecond laser to correct your eyesight. The laser will cut a tiny incision in the cornea and remove a small piece of tissue called a lenticule. The removal of this tissue reshapes the cornea, improving vision imperfections.

The Pros

  • Less invasive than Lasik, allowing more corneal stability
  • Fewer complications and no flap related issues
  • Quiet and blade-free
  • Safe and accurate
  • Fast visual recovery

The Cons

  • SMILE can only treat certain types of nearsightedness
  • Recovery can take 24-72 hours, which is slightly longer than Lasik

How to Know Which One Is Right for You

Which procedure is best for you?

A few things will make the choice clear. If you have astigmatism or if you are farsighted, the SMILE procedure won’t work for you.

After a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Kelly, you will have a better idea which procedure is best for you, based on your vision problems.

If you want more information or have questions about Lasik or SMILE, you can get a free consultation by calling (877) 718-7818.

Call us today so you can put away those contacts and glasses forever.


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