800.454.2747

Home / SMILE

What is SMILE LASIK?

SMILE LASIK is the newest form of laser vision correction, with more than 2 million SMILE procedures performed worldwide. Just like “All Laser” LASIK and Wavefront-Optimized PRK, SMILE is designed to correct your nearsightedness and astigmatism to help free you of your glasses and contact lenses. But compared to these other two procedures, SMILE takes a different surgical approach, employing only a single femtosecond laser for the patient’s treatment.

Dr. Hyver performs SMILE on the Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser.  During the SMILE procedure, Dr. Hyver uses the Visumax to create a small, lens-shaped piece of tissue, called a “lenticule,” within the middle layer of the cornea, after which he extracts this tissue through a small incision on the side of the cornea (thus the SMILE acronym: Small Incision Lenticule Extraction).

In creating and removing this precisely-shaped lenticule, Dr. Hyver reshapes your cornea, thereby correcting your vision error.  From start to finish, the SMILE procedure takes just a few minutes and is generally painless.

What can I expect during the recovery period?

During the first four hours after your SMILE procedure, your vision will be hazy (similar to looking through a film), and you’re likely to experience varying degrees of eye stinging, scratchiness, tearing and light sensitivity.

One day after surgery, aside from a little dryness, your eyes should feel relatively normally, and your vision should be clear enough (80-90% of normal) to resume most of your regular activities.  However, results vary from patient-to-patient, based on the patient’s preoperative prescription and on the type of work she or he performs.

Over the next few weeks, your vision should gradually sharpen to reach its best correction.

How well will I see and what are the risks?

With today’s state-of-the-art laser infrastructure, combined with Dr. Hyver’s experience and deep surgical database, it’s rare that our SMILE LASIK patients don’t see 20/20 or better.  Like any medical procedure, however, SMILE LASIK is not without risks or alternatives, something you can learn more about at your consultation with Dr. Hyver.