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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 wavefront-optimized LASIK and 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, one that some patients consider less-invasive and more appealing.

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.

See Dr. Hyver to Learn if You Qualify for SMILE

To see if you medically qualify for SMILE, schedule your free SMILE evaluation with Dr. Hyver, who can see you in Daly City, Santa Clara, or San Ramon. You’ll learn more about how SMILE works, its benefits and risks, how it compares to LASIK and PRK, how much it costs, and how you can use eligible vision insurance discounts, pre-tax medical reimbursement accounts, and our interest-free payment plans, if desired.

To schedule your free SMILE consultation with Dr. Hyver, just call 800.454.2747 or simply complete and submit the form on this page.