SMILE vs. LASIK. What's the Difference?

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Since its inception as a vision correction procedure more the 25 years ago, millions of LASIK surgeries have been performed with a success rate of 99 percent. As technology in laser eye surgery has advanced, new procedures, such as SMILE laser surgery, are starting to become more popular options. Depending on your situation, you may be a better fit for one procedure over another. If you are looking for an alternative to glasses or contact lenses and are considering laser eye surgery, contact the expert team at Mattioli Vision Professionals in the Greater Houston area and schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Fred Mattioli. Almost everyone is a candidate for a procedure offered by Dr. Mattioli to not need glasses or contacts.

What are the benefits of LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is the most commonly performed laser refractive surgery with individuals suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During this surgery, the corneal flap is replaced with a laser incision. Patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery have a quicker recovery and are typically able to resume normal activity within 24 hours. If your cornea is too thin, you may need to have more than one visit or consider a different procedure, such as SMILE. You can take our LASIK Self Test to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

What are the Benefits of SMILE?

Dr. Mattioli is the leading provider of SMILE in Houston, and as a partner of IQ Laser Vision, we are the leading provider of SMILE in the United States. Overall, SMILE tends to be a better procedure for individuals with nearsightedness and astigmatism. Its popularity is due to greater visual acuity, and it can be completed in one step. SMILE is less invasive than LASIK because there is no need for a corneal flap, so the incision will be smaller. For now, individuals with farsightedness are not good candidates for SMILE, but the good news is nearly 40 percent of the population in the United States suffers from nearsightedness. You can take our SMILE Self Test to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Which laser eye surgery is better?

That really depends on your situation, your desired goals, and what the results of a comprehensive eye exam from Dr. Mattioli and his team will provide. When you schedule a consultation with the dedicated team at Mattioli Vision Professionals in the Greater Houston area, Dr. Mattioli will go over all your laser surgery options with you in great detail and decide which procedure is a better fit for you. Whether it is SMILE, LASIK, or any other procedures, such as cataracts or implants, we will find the best solution for your vision correction.

Where can I get more information on laser eye surgery in the Greater Houston area?

Board-certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties in Ophthalmology, Dr. Fred Mattioli has performed more than 60,000 eye procedures, including laser refractive treatments and cataract/implant procedures. Dr. Mattioli is the leading provider of SMILE in Houston, and as a partner of IQ Laser Vision, we are the leading provider of SMILE in the United States. If you have any questions on which laser eye surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation at Mattioli Vision Professionals today.

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