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SMILE Laser Vision Correction Procedure

What is SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction)?

Both LASIK and SMILE can help create clearer vision and reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts. Understanding the difference between the two procedures can help you and your surgeon make the right choice for your laser vision correction.

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman discusses the SMILE procedure on TV

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Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and Clearview offer the only onsite option for SMILE (besides the Navy) in San Diego County!

WHY IS IT CALLED SMILE?

SMILE is an acronym that stands for "SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction." Simply put, a laser is used to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening (~ 4mm), through which the layer is removed.


LASIK

  • A flap is made on the surface of your eye.
  • A second laser reshapes your cornea, resulting in clearer vision.
  • Rapidly return to daily routine and activities.

SMILE

  • A small laser opening is made on the surface of your eye.
  • A thin layer just below your eye's surface is removed, resulting in clearer vision.
  • Rapidly return to daily routine and activities.
SMILE vs LASIK

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR SMILE?

SMILE is great for patients that:

  • Have nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism
  • Participate in contact sports
  • Have dry eyes
Combat Sports is possible with LASIK/SMILE

WHY CHOOSE SMILE?

SMILE is a very attractive option for patients due to the minimally invasive nature. Some of its benefits include:

  • No flap
  • Cornea remains mostly untouched
  • Significantly reduced chance of dry eye syndrome
  • Rapid recovery time, as most patients are able to return to their daily activities the next day
Dr. Sandy T. Feldman discusses the SMILE procedure on TV

"I couldn't be more thankful, more grateful, or more happy with the results."

- Michelle Plumb

LASIK

  • Precisely measures inside (wavefront) and outside (topography) to personalize treatment plan
  • Treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and mixed astigmatism
  • A flap is made on the surface of your eye
  • Rapid return to daily routine and activities
  • Perfect for an active lifestyle

SMILE

  • Fastest growing procedure in the world – over 5 million people and counting
  • Treats myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism
  • A small laser opening is made on the surface of your eye – minimally invasive
  • Rapid return to daily routine and activities
  • Perfect for an active lifestyle and contact sports

Give yourself a reason to SMILE!

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman discusses the SMILE procedure on TV

Contact Sports

Due to the minimally invasive opening, SMILE is a great option for patients who participate in contact sports. There is no risk of flap complications if there is any direct contact to the eye.

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Wrestling
Rugby
Rugby
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Basketball

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LASIK is a medical procedure with risks involved and isn’t right for everyone. Individual results may vary. Talk to your eye doctor and consider both the risks and benefits before having the procedure. Additional information can be found at our website or at fda.gov. the material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.