SMILE Eye Surgery in Northwest Ohio

What is ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery?

SMILE Eye SurgeryReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) eye surgery is one of the newest developments in vision correction procedures. This treatment is available in only a few laser eye clinics in the United States.

ReLEx SMILE uses state-of-the-art femtosecond technology to create a high-precision thin circular disc of tissue that is removed through a small incision in the cornea. The incision made with SMILE is less than 4 mm.

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Is SMILE Eye Surgery Right For Me?

Some patients are not candidates for LASIK because of thin corneas, high prescriptions, dry eye, etc. Traditionally, the Toledo LASIK & Cataract surgeon used PRK/ASA for these eyes, which is a great procedure, but it takes longer to heal. SMILE vision correction is a good alternative allowing for the safety profile that PRK provides for certain eyes, but with quick healing similar to LASIK.

What to Expect During SMILE Laser Eye Surgery

Your eye is anesthetized with eye drops and a lid speculum is gently positioned to prevent you from accidentally blinking. The whole treatment process is then undertaken using the Zeiss Femtosecond Laser as a single step. The treatment usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes. The actual laser is in operation for only a tiny fraction of this time, and after a quick post-operative check by your surgeon, you are free to go. The recovery from the procedure is generally quite comfortable (similar to LASIK) and the visual recovery is reasonably quick. You should have hazy but navigational vision after a nap. Most patients will need three days of recovery before driving and using a computer. Visual recovery with this procedure is generally a little slower than LASIK eye surgery, but quicker than with PRK or LASEK

Toledo LASIK & Cataract surgeon Dr. William Wiley is part of an elite group of surgeons who offer the SMILE procedure to their patients. We are now accepting consultations for the procedure. Schedule a consultation or read further for frequently asked questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider SMILE Eye Surgery?

SMILE eye surgery is effective on patients with moderate to high levels of nearsightedness and astigmatism who are over the age of 22.

How long does the SMILE eye procedure take?

The procedure takes 15-20 minutes for each eye.

Is the SMILE eye procedure painful?

SMILE eye surgery is not painful. There may be some discomfort during the procedure, akin to light pressure on the eyes, but it is minimal.

When was SMILE approved by the FDA?

SMILE Laser Eye Surgery was approved in September 2016.

What are the benefits of SMILE Eye Surgery?

The procedure is performed using the VisuMax femtosecond laser, which is one of the most precise lasers on the market. The procedure is a huge advance due to its minimal invasiveness and use of just a single laser.

What are the risks or complications of the SMILE procedure?

Complications with the procedure have been reported infrequently, as it is a relatively safe procedure. Risks include epithelial abrasions, small tears at the incision, and loss of suction of the eye during the use of the laser. However, these risks are very small and do not prohibit the vision benefits from taking effect.

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