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What is SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?

Dougherty Laser Vision is proud to offer the latest in laser vision correction: ReLEx® SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction). SMILE is a one-step, one laser procedure that is less invasive than LASIK.

The ReLEx® SMILE procedure utilizes a femtosecond laser to cut an incredibly small incision in the cornea. Your doctor then removes a small piece of corneal tissue (called a lenticule) to permanently change its shape and decrease or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.

Unlike LASIK, a ‘flap’ is not created during this procedure. The lack of a flap makes SMILE ideal for patients who practice contact sports like boxing or martial arts. Because the SMILE incision does not pass through corneal nerves like LASIK or PRK, there is less of a risk of dry eye symptoms.

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