Introducing SMILE A kinder, gentler laser vision correction.

What is SMILE?

SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism, providing LASIK-like outcomes in a less-invasive procedure. A laser is used to create a thin contact-lens-shape layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision. Worldwide, over 1,500,000 SMILE procedures have been performed by more than 1,000 surgeons. In fact, SMILE is the fastest growing laser vision correction surgery in the world.

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The entire treatment is applied in under 30 seconds and most patients return to work the next day.

Comfortable Eye


The entire treatment takes place just under the surface of the eye making treatment safer, lessens the risk of a complication, and promotes faster healing.

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With over 1.5 million SMILE procedures performed worldwide; SMILE is quickly becoming the new standard in laser vision correction.

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How SMILE works.

Some things you have to see to believe. See how quick SMILE treatment is in our real-time animated video. In the time it takes to watch the video, your vision could be corrected with SMILE.

Reasons To Love SMILE

Minimally Invasive

Quick and Proven

Eye Comfort

Rapid Visual Recovery

Freedom From Lenses

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What makes SMILE different from LASIK?

This is one of the most common questions we hear, and many patients want to know which procedure
is better. The fact is that both LASIK and SMILE are proven, consistent procedures, and most patients
will be very happy with either procedure. Generally speaking, SMILE is the gentler laser vision correction
option and has a smaller risk of post-surgical dry eye. LASIK offers an ever-so-slightly quicker post-procedure
visual recovery time. Based on the anatomy of your eye and lifestyle goals, Dr. Haddad can
recommend the right procedure for you.

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What to expect during SMILE treatment?

SMILE is a quick, painless, 3-step process completed entirely with the VisuMax laser.

SMILE treatment eye preperation

Lenticule creation

Using the VisuMax laser, a thin sliver (called a lenticule)is created just below the surface of the eye. This process takes just under 30 seconds and is completly painless.

SMILE treatment removing the disk-shaped lenticule

Lenticule removal

Laser treatment using the VisuMax is now complete. The surgeon removes the small lenticule that was created by the laser. This method minimizes disruption to the cornea (surface of the eye).

SMILE treatment completed, correcting vision

Vision Corrected

The removal of the lenticule changes the shape of the cornea. This results in corrected vision. Because there has been minimal disruption to the cornea patients can return to all daily activity the next day.

How do i know if i'm a good candidate for SMILE?

You’ve already taken the first, most important step by educating yourself about SMILE and laser vision
correction. Now, take our online self-candidacy test to see if you meet some of the basic requirements for
SMILE. It should take no more than a few minutes. Then, when you’re ready, schedule an appointment.

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