Laser Eye Surgery

SMILE—Small Incision Lenticule Extraction—is the latest innovation in laser vision correction. SMILE eye surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require a corneal flap. It has successfully been performed on over 3.0 million patients worldwide.

Condition Treated
  • Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.

  • Astigmatism causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.

How the Procedure Works
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Understanding SMILE

During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and medications, and perform some tests. You will then be examined by the doctor who will discuss your treatment options. This visit usually takes about an hour and your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process.

Your Counselor can review payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as post-operative exams. You will have a set of instructions to follow to prepare for your surgery date that includes steps like taking prescribed eye drops and setting up a ride for your procedure day.


Plan to be at the center for two to three hours the day of your procedure. This allows for pre procedure preparations including taking some medication in advance of your procedure. SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. The day of your procedure should be a day of rest.


Your Patient Counselor will give you detailed post-operative instructions and eye drop regimen for your recovery. Most of our patients are able to go back to work the next day and drive to and from their one-day post-op visit. You will be ready to resume other activities, like wearing eye makeup, according to the timetable provided.

Common Questions About SMILE Eye Surgery
  • SMILE can be used in some cases of thin corneas, dry eyes, or contact lens intolerance. Similar to LASIK and PRK, your NVISION surgeon will determine which laser vision correction is right for your individual needs based on your exam and vision goals.

  • SMILE causes less disruption of the corneal nerves than other laser vision procedures. As a result, you may have even lower chances of dry eye.

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