Ready to have something to SMILE about? SMILE, the newest version of laser vision correction, is a minimally invasive procedure and the most advanced refractive surgery to treat mild to severe nearsightedness and astigmatism.
SMILE: Advanced, State-of-the-Art Laser Eye Surgery
SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) eye surgery is the latest achievement in laser vision correction and is also the fastest-growing laser vision correction. Over 4,000,000 SMILE laser eye surgery procedures have been performed over the past decade worldwide. Kelly Vision Center is a pioneer of this technology, being one of only a few vision centers in the Northeast to use the procedure to customize your vision correction procedure. If you’re in the NYC or Long Island areas and want to discover more about SMILE LASIK surgery, we welcome you to contact our office.
Benefits of SMILE Laser Eye Surgery
- Achieves clear, corrected vision
- Minimally invasive
- A quick, gentle, bladeless procedure
- Causes little to no pain
- Most patients return to their normal routine the following day
- Typically less discomfort/dry eye than with other vision correction procedures
- No more hassles with glasses or contact lenses
How Does SMILE Laser Eye Surgery Work? Get $1,200 Off For a Limited Time
In a normal eye, the cornea and lens bend (refract) light so that the light lands properly on the retina, resulting in clear images being transmitted to the brain. When an eye is nearsighted, it’s slightly too long or steeply curved, which affects the focusing power of the cornea and lens. This causes light to focus on a point in front of the retina as opposed to directly on its surface, which results in blurry vision when viewing objects at a distance. In the past, the best way to correct nearsightedness was with laser procedures like LASIK, which require the surgeon to make a corneal flap. By contrast, SMILE laser eye surgery uses an ultra-fast femtosecond laser to precisely modify the shape of the cornea from the inside. SMILE is approved by the FDA to treat both nearsightedness and astigmatism.
What Makes SMILE LASIK Surgery Different from Traditional LASIK?
During LASIK, a small flap is made on the surface of the eye, and the laser then re-shapes the cornea. This corrects the refractive error, and the flap is then lowered so it can heal. With SMILE laser eye surgery, no flap is made. Instead, a laser is used to create a very precise, lens-shaped portion of tissue within the cornea and a small-incision opening. Next, the portion of tissue is removed through the micro-incision. The cornea then settles into the shape needed to accurately focus light onto the retina. During a free consultation, Dr. Kelly will help you determine which option is best for your eyes.
What Happens During SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?
Step 1: In less than 30 seconds, a femtosecond laser is used to create a circular, lens-shaped cut called a “lenticule” inside the cornea. At the same time, the advanced laser creates a tiny access incision that’s only about 4mm wide.
Step 2: The lenticule is carefully removed through the small incision, leaving the rest of the cornea intact.
Step 3: The removal of the lenticule changes the shape of the corneal surface, which improves the way light is focused on the retina. This results in clear vision for patients with myopia and/or astigmatism.