All About SMILE Laser Eye Surgery Recovery

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Many people suffer from nearsightedness and astigmatism with little in the way of relief besides glasses. However, with new technologies, like SMILE, you can fix these issues for good with surgery. Dr. Fred Mattioli can help you to see clearer and better with this procedure. Our office services the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, and West University areas of Houston, TX. Schedule a consultation with Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX today to learn how SMILE can help you.

What is SMILE laser surgery?

SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) laser surgery offers the same benefits as LASIK; however, SMILE is new and improved. SMILE can correct your vision (refractive errors) by correcting the shape of your cornea. The procedure begins by applying an anesthetic eye drop to your eyes. Then, after your eyes are placed open with a holder, a small incision is made in the peripheral cornea. While this is occurring, the laser creates a tiny segment in the middle of your cornea, which is then removed through the incision. After the segment is removed, the new cornea shape is achieved, and this corrects your refractive error. The SMILE procedure usually takes around ten minutes to complete.

What is recovery like after SMILE laser surgery?

After your treatment, you should follow any directions that Dr. Mattioli may give you. The most important thing is to make sure you give your eyes plenty of rest and recovery time. You may try to avoid televisions and other screens around you. However, you should be able to return to work within 24 hours after your treatment. Our office may prescribe you eye drops and other medications to assist in your recovery period. You should avoid activities like swimming, and wearing any eye make-up. Dr. Mattioli may schedule follow-up appointments with you to track your progress and check on any possible side effects. Patients usually report 80% vision improvement after just a few hours of their procedure. You can resume swimming and contact sports after approximately one week. If you are tired of wearing eyeglasses to correct your vision, SMILE laser surgery may be the option for you. Contact Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX to learn how Dr. Mattioli can help you today.

Is SMILE vision correction a painful procedure?

Since the treatment starts with numbing eye drops, most patients report little to no pain during their procedure.

Where can I get SMILE laser surgery in Houston, TX?


SMILE laser surgery recovery is a fast process that gets you back on your feet in no time. You can get back to work within 24 hours and back to daily activities within a week. You should see full improvement within a week of your procedure. For optimal results, you should follow all instructions you may receive during your appointment. Our office services the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, and West University areas of Houston, TX. Dr. Fred Mattioli can help you clear your vision and correct your refractive errors. Contact Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX for a full consultation on the state of your ocular health.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.