SMILE, also known as third generation Laser Vision Correction, is a state-of-the-art procedure that is less invasive, has minimal downtime as well as less discomfort. This procedure is perfect for people who suffer from nearsightedness with astigmatism but do not qualify for traditional LASIK. SMILE is a LASIK-like procedure available to improve their vision with all of the benefits of traditional LASIK. As the refractive eye-care experts, The Cataract Surgeons are the only specialists with the technology to offer SMILE in Louisiana!
The SMILE procedure was designed primarily to improve eyesight for patients who struggle with Myopia with astigmatism, commonly called nearsightedness. While traditional LASIK requires the use of two separate lasers, SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction, aka, SMILE, improves Myopia with the use of a single ReLEx SMILE® laser. This procedure uses a special laser to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small 4mm opening, through which the layer is removed. By removing the layer of tissue, the cornea is reshaped which instantly improves the patients’ vision.
Because SMILE relies on a single 4mm incision, it is less invasive than traditional LASIK. With the incision being so much smaller than what is required in other Laser Vision Correction procedures, our team can preserve the integrity of the cornea, and post-op dry eye is greatly reduced. Because the procedure can be completed so quickly and has few risks associated with it, many patients who are not eligible for traditional LASIK qualify for SMILE.
There is little downtime associated with SMILE because it is a minimally invasive procedure. Full vision is usually restored within 24 hours, but after that time most patients are free to go about their lives as usual. Strenuous activities, such as exercising, are typically able to be resumed one week after surgery.
Because The Cataract Surgeons are the refractive eye care experts, they perform a variety of vision surgeries to improve eyesight. In addition to being the only eye clinic in Louisiana to offer SMILE, they also perform the following procedures.
Photorefractive Keratectomy: Photorefractive Keratectomy, also known as PRK, is our 1st generation of Laser Vision Correction. PRK is a type of laser eye surgery commonly used to treat patients with Myopia (nearsighted), Hyperopia (farsighted), or have astigmatism. PRK can be the procedure of choice for patients whose cornea is too thin. PRK is a procedure that is an alternative to SMILE and LASIK, though it offers the same great vision correction. It offers the same vision correction as LASIK but differs in the way the surface of the cornea is prepared.
When PRK is performed, the outer covering of the eye is removed, and the EX500 Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea.
Once the laser has been completed, a bandage contact lens is placed protecting the eye. Over the next 4-7 days, the soft outer covering begins to grow back and heal. During your recovery, you can see, and function normally.
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis: Considered to be 2nd Generation Laser Vision Correction, Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, also known as LASIK, is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the United States. This procedure is often used to treat patients with Myopia (nearsighted), Hyperopia (farsighted), and have astigmatism. LASIK requires the use of two lasers, one of which is a VisuMax Femtosecond Laser. This laser is used to gently create a flap at the top layer of the cornea.
The patient is then escorted to the most advanced excimer laser with state-of-the-art wave technology, the EX500 Excimer Laser. This laser reshapes the cornea under a protective layer of tissue. The EX500 Excimer laser is extremely precise and uses cool ultraviolet light to treat the cornea. At this point, Drs. Shelby and Coleman will reposition your flap back into its original position where the healing process will begin. Immediately after the procedure when our patients sit up, they already notice a vast improvement in clarity and vision from prior to the procedure. Continual visual recovery occurs over 24 hours, and after waking from your post-op nap, there is minimal discomfort after surgery.
If you live in the Shreveport area and want to undergo a minimally invasive procedure to improve your eyesight, SMILE LASIK could be perfect for you. Contact The Cataract Surgeons today to learn more about SMILE LASIK and whether this new procedure could be beneficial for you.