SMILE Laser Vision Correction Procedure

Both LASIK and SMILE can help create clearer vision and reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts. Understanding the difference between the two procedures can help you and your surgeon make the right choice for your laser vision correction.

WHAT IS SMILE?

SMILE is the latest advancement in laser vision correction for myopia (near-sightedness), providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally invasive procedure.

WHY IS IT CALLED SMILE?

SMILE is an acronym that stands for "SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction." Simply put, a laser is used to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening, through which the layer is removed.


LASIK

  • A flap is made on the surface of your eye.
  • A second laser reshapes your cornea, resulting in clearer vision.
  • Rapidly return to daily routine and activities.

SMILE

  • A small laser opening is made on the surface of your eye.
  • A thin layer just below your eye's surface is removed, resulting in clearer vision.
  • Rapidly return to daily routine and activities.
SMILE vs LASIK