LASIK is one of the most well-known laser vision correction surgeries, but it may not be the best choice for every patient. This is why we’re proud to offer alternative therapies, including the just-as-effective SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) procedure.
SMILE and similar techniques have been developed to correct the refractive disorders that are startlingly prevalent in the U.S. Approximately 150 million Americans have a refractive disorder of some type, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Fortunately, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Fred Mattioli and our ocular experts strive to provide world-class vision healthcare. And the only thing you have to do is contact us to set up an appointment at Mattioli Vision Professionals. We also welcome Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, and West University residents to visit our practice in Houston, TX.
What makes SMILE such an invaluable treatment option?
Many factors must be weighed when choosing the safest, most effective vision correction option possible for your needs and ocular physiology. The shape and structure of one’s eye, especially the outer protective layer known as the cornea, and past or pre-existing conditions may influence how a patient will respond to various types of procedures. Furthermore, the type and severity of one’s refractive disorder also play a role in determining a plan of action.
The SMILE technique is specifically engineered for patients with nearsightedness with or without astigmatism, especially cases that cannot be treated optimally via LASIK, PRK, or other laser-based vision correction systems. And even though SMILE isn’t as commonly performed as its counterparts, it has been proven safe and effective with 5 million+ treatments worldwide.
However, some patients may not be good candidates for SMILE or any other cornea based laser treatment. These patients primarily include those with some other complication regarding eye structure or visual acuity. For example, those with uncontrolled immune disorders or uncontrolled diabetes are not good candidates due to delayed healing and related considerations. Cataracts, glaucoma, or an unstable refractive error are also considerations that must be taken into account.
Are my SMILE laser eye surgery results permanent?
The SMILE procedure is similar to LASIK, though many deem it advantageous for multiple reasons. One, it’s less invasive, requiring a smaller incision. Two, there’s no need to make a corneal flap; instead, we remove a tiny laser-created corneal layer that reshapes the cornea to allow better vision.
As with LASIK, there’s little to no discomfort. And it’s quick, lasting only about ten minutes. Afterward, patients enjoy a fast recovery as with LASIK and with less discomfort and dryness. Best of all, your results are permanent because we are changing the fundamental shape of the cornea so it can properly focus light.
SMILE’s life-changing results will make you smile
SMILE offers long-lasting results and a clearer, brighter future in only about ten minutes, and has a shorter healing period than LASIK. The less-invasive nature of SMILE and its all-around effectiveness and safety make it a great choice.
So, rest assured knowing that at Mattioli Vision Professionals, the #1 SMILE provider in Greater Houston, we’ll do our best to find an optimal solution for you, no matter what ocular issues you may be facing. So, if you’re in the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, or West University communities, we invite you to see Dr. Fred Mattioli today. Or, contact us in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment.