Am I a Candidate for SMILE Eye Surgery?

October 10, 2023


Laser vision correction has offered millions of people a chance at clearer vision. SMILE is an advanced form of this procedure that provides excellent visual results. This quick procedure has no pain, minimal recovery time, and long-lasting results, making it ideal for people with active lifestyles. Schedule your eye exam today to learn if you are a SMILE candidate. 

What is SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?

SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a next-generation type of laser eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism refractive errors. These errors occur when light enters the eye at an incorrect angle, preventing it from focusing on the retina and providing a clear image. SMILE uses a laser to cut a tiny disc of tissue within the cornea, the clear structure at the front of the eye. This disc, called a lenticule, is then removed through a tiny incision. This procedure changes the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. Unlike LASIK, SMILE does not require the creation of a corneal flap and thus has a lower risk of future complications and is better for patients with dry eyes.

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Am I a Candidate for SMILE Eye Surgery?

Only a consultation and eye exam can determine whether SMILE is your best eye surgery option. Good candidates for SMILE have overall healthy eyes and reasonable expectations. You may be a good candidate if your prescription can be treated by SMILE, which includes nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism.. 

SMILE may be a good choice for people who cannot receive other types of laser eye surgery. If you have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may still be a candidate for SMILE. This procedure may be better suited than LASIK for those with chronic dry eye conditions or participate in contact sports. 

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We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.

What is Recovery Like After SMILE Eye Surgery?

Like LASIK, SMILE generally has a fast, straightforward recovery process. Most people experience minimal discomfort that is easily managed with eye drops. You may also notice mild dryness  and sensitivity to bright lights. These effects will typically fade within a day. You will usually notice improved vision within one to two days. Most people can return to work and other activities within 1 day with few restrictions. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activities, swimming, and airborne dust or particulate matter for one week after SMILE. Your vision will continue to improve and stabilize a few weeks after your procedure. 

What Results Will I See After SMILE Eye Surgery?

Most people can start enjoying their SMILE results within a day or two. Many people who have laser eye surgery, like SMILE, no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Some people may still need corrective lenses under certain circumstances, such as reading or driving at night. The majority of people achieve 20/20 vision, although results will vary depending on your prescription and other factors. 

Dr. Wu helped me get Lasik and now my vision is great! No more contacts or glasses. I had dry eye afterwards but that was expected; followed instructions and now all is good. Thank you!
John w.

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Want to know more about SMILE? Please fill out the form on this page or call (949) 208-9090 to schedule your appointment.

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