Vision imperfections are one of the most common types of physical ailments in the world. For example, it is estimated that 33% of the US population has some form of astigmatism, while 40% are impacted by nearsightedness. At Vance Thompson Vision, we offer a complete refractive program to help improve your vision, including LASIK, PRK and SMILE options.
You’ve probably heard of LASIK and PRK, but have you heard about SMILE? SMILE is a new and exciting addition to our laser vision correction program. SMILE offers many of the same benefits as LASIK surgery, but accomplishes your vision correction in a new way, making it an ideal fit for some eye types and vision lifestyles. While LASIK surgery continues to be an ideal surgical option to correct multiple different vision issues, SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) focuses on correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism. The SMILE procedure takes less than 10 minutes to complete the total surgery and only 30 seconds of actual laser treatment.
SMILE incorporates the minimally invasive approach of LASIK and takes it even further. In a SMILE procedure, the surgeon performs the surgery without creating a flap. Instead, the SMILE laser creates a tiny incision on the surface of the eye and shapes a small, contact-lens sized layer in the cornea. When this layer is gently removed, your cornea is reshaped and your vision corrected. SMILE is precise, quick, and proven to help patients see more clearly.
Because no flap is created during SMILE, the incision made on the surface of the eye is 80% smaller than the flap made in LASIK surgery. Not only is the small incision beneficial to your procedure, but the size of the incision also influences your healing and post-op experiences. The healing time for SMILE can be very short and your chances of experiencing dry eye and other complications are minimal.
LASIK and PRK continue to be powerful procedures trusted by thousands of patients to improve their vision and their lives. At Vance Thompson Vision, we’re pleased to now add SMILE to our leading refractive program. By offering the most robust laser program in the region, you can be assured you will receive the best possible technology fit for your unique eye and lifestyle. To learn more about LASIK, PRK and SMILE, consult your optometrist to discuss your best vision correction options, then schedule your Vance Thompson Vision consultation today.