What is SMILE?
At Mattioli Vision Professionals, SMILE is a proven and exciting addition to our laser vision correction treatments. Dr. Fred Mattioli offers SMILE laser vision correction to his Houston, TX patients with the same benefits as LASIK surgery. However, SMILE achieves your vision correction in an improved, state-of-the-art way, making it an optimal fit for many patients. Though LASIK surgery continues to be an ideal surgical option to correct several various vision issues, SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) focuses on correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism. At Mattioli Vision Professionals, Dr. Mattioli and his team work to provide patients the best vision healthcare in the world, and we are pleased to continue to provide the best technology available. During a comprehensive consultation at our Houston, TX facility, Dr. Mattioli will work with you to curate the best possible procedure plan for optimal vision correction.
What Are The Benefits Of SMILE?
- Specifically engineered to treat nearsightedness and astigmatism
- Uses a smaller incision, so it’s less invasive
- No need to create a corneal flap, unlike LASIK
- Quick procedure with little to no discomfort (less than 10 minutes)
- Proven safety and efficacy
- Fewer side-effects
- Faster healing period (within 24 hours)
- An alternative for patients who can’t get LASIK
"Dr. Mattioli performed my Lasik surgery yesterday. The process was quick, painless and easy. The entire team is very professional and very helpful. If you are thinking about getting Lasik you need to come here. My eye sight is now perfect. This procedure is life changing!"- A.F. / Google / Nov 26, 2020
"Todo el personal desde la que te atiendo al teléfono 📱 la recepcionista, los asistentes las de finanzas y por supuesto el doctor hacen un excelente trabajo, rápido y te ayudan a relajarte antes del proceso, terminas el proceso y ya puedes irte a casa, una ves descansan las horas que te dicen ves 20/20. Gracias Matiolli vision team!"- Y.F. / Google / Nov 23, 2020
"Great Doctor and Professional staff, Feel like family with all the staff membersExcellent work"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 22, 2020
"Great Experience It Was So Fast And Everyone Is So Friendly Highly Recommended! After 12 Years Of Wearing Glasses No More ! Thank You To Everyone That Made This Experience Great! 🤩🤩"- V.T. / Google / Nov 21, 2020
"una vision natural te da satifacion, muy nervioso al principio pero el profecional se encargo en hacerme sentir muy vien ' mi primer experiencia y me senti muy vien gracias federico mattioli .. lo recomiendo"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 16, 2020
Am I A Candidate For SMILE?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the best candidates for SMILE are men and women who:
- Are at least 22 years old
- Have a stable eye prescription that has not changed in a year
- Have healthy corneas and good overall eye health
- Have nearsightedness (myopia) between -1 and -10 and astigmatism of up to three diopters
- Have realistic expectations of results
People who are NOT candidates for SMILE include those who have:
- Cataract(s) or glaucoma
- Thin corneas
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- An unstable refractive error
- A healing or immune issue
- A history of eye infection
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Had a previous laser eye surgery
How Does Smile Laser Vision Correction Work?
For optimal vision, the cornea and lens of the eye must be able to work together to focus rays of light onto the retina. However, when the cornea and lens cannot perform this action, blurred or poor vision occurs. With an advanced, minimally invasive approach, SMILE incorporates the approach of LASIK and takes it even further. Throughout a SMILE procedure, Dr. Mattioli provides the laser procedure without the need to create a flap; instead, a cool femtosecond laser makes a tiny incision on the surface of the eye and then shapes a small, contact lens-sized layer in the cornea. Once this layer is carefully removed, your cornea is reshaped and your vision corrected. As a precise, quick, and proven procedure, patients will be able to see more clearly. Since no flap is created, the incision on the surface of the eye is much smaller than with laser surgery, offering a quicker healing period.
Smile Vision Correction Treatment Technique
Prior to the beginning of the procedure, an anesthetic numbing drop is placed into each eye. Next, Dr. Mattioli with place a holder between your eyelids to prevent closing while blinking during the treatment. A computer-controlled femtosecond laser is then used to place a small, precise incision in the peripheral cornea. Simultaneously, the laser creates a lenticule (tiny segment) in the mid-cornea, then removes it through the small incision. Following the removal of the corrective lenticule, the new corneal shape corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. Typically, the entire SMILE procedure lasts less than ten minutes. The majority of our Houston, TX patients are able to return to work within 24 hours after the procedure.
What To Expect After Your SMILE Treatment
In the days following your SMILE procedure, you may experience a minor degree of irritation, itching, eye-watering, or burning, which is normal and to be expected as your eyes heal. While some patients may notice an almost immediate improvement in their eyesight, most will see slow improvements until their optimal result is reached in a few months. Because the recovery time for a SMILE procedure is quick, chances of dry eye and other complications are typically low.
How long does the SMILE procedure last?
Smile eye surgery makes smaller incisions in the eye than other similar procedures, which allows the procedure to be completed much faster. Generally, a smile procedure only takes about ten minutes to perform.
How much does SMILE laser vision correction cost?
The overall cost of this treatment will vary from one patient to another, depending on their specific circumstances. However, the average price for SMILE is about $2,000 – $3,000 per eye. Insurance companies usually consider this procedure to be cosmetic, therefore making it ineligible for coverage.
Is SMILE laser vision correction painful?
No. Before the treatment begins, our staff will numb the patient's eyes through the use of eye drops. This will prevent the patient from feeling anything more than slight pressure throughout the entirety of the procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
SMILE For Better Vision Correction Results
Dr. Mattioli and his team in Houston, TX are dedicated to helping our patients experience optimal vision correction results. With SMILE, patients can have fast healing time with exceptional outcomes after an effective and precise procedure at our state-of-the-art facility. Learn more by contacting us in Houston, TX to schedule your initial consultation.
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