What is SMILE Laser Eye Surgery?
Dougherty LaserVision is one of the latest eye care centers in the US to offer ReLEx® SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) to treat nearsightedness.
ReLEx® SMILE is the newest type of laser vision correction utilizing a femtosecond laser to create a small piece of tissue that is then removed from the cornea to permanently change its shape to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. The lack of a flap that could be injured by trauma makes SMILE ideal for patients who do 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.
Downsides of SMILE include slower vision recovery than LASIK (the day after surgery, SMILE patients can see, but often notice haziness in their vision for a week or 2), higher cost and the inability to treat astigmatism in the US.