The Most Advanced Laser Procedure

This 3rd generation of laser vision correction combines the advantages of the 1st generation PRK surgery and the 2nd generation LASIK surgery.

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.

Unlike LASIK, an excimer laser is not required and the SMILE procedure is performed without creating a flap. Although recently approved by the U.S. FDA, this procedure has been successfully performed on more than 800,000 eyes worldwide.

Worldwide the SMILE technique is slowly replacing LASIK as the default refractive surgery.This is equivalent to the femtosecond laser replacing the keratome or blade to make the corneal flap 8 years ago.

Especially Beneficial for the following candidates:

  • Highly active individuals, extreme sports
  • Occupational hazards (firefighters, police, military)
  • Patients prone to dry irritated eyes
  • Patients who need rapid recovery
  • Individuals who are nervous about post operative pain as in LASIK
  • Who desire a quick recovery- back to full activities twice as fast as LASIK

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How SMILE is performed

What are the Benefits of SMILE?



The procedure is done with a high-tech precision laser.



Simple and takes about 6 to 8 minutes in its entirety.


Easy Recovery

Recovery is a breeze, requiring minimal post-op care.



Surgery is quick and easy. Most people are amazed how effortless it is.


Quick Results

Experience substantially improved eyesight just a few hours after surgery.

How does it work?

It is a flapless procedure that has all the combined advantages of surface ablation (PRK) and LASIK. It is PRK without pain and LASIK without a flap. SMILE is a flapless, bladeless, noiseless, odorless procedure.

The entire laser procedure takes less than 30 seconds.

1st Generation

1st Generation

PRK Surface Ablation Surgery

Visual correction is performed directly to the cornea. Vision improvement is immediate, but recovery is longer and there is some discomfort.

2nd Generation

2nd Generation

LASIK Flap Surgery

The most common and popular vision correction procedure. Quick recovery with minimal complications.

3rd Generation

3rd Generation

SMILE Minimally Invasive, Flapless Surgery

Requires no flap. Cornea remains in tact. Recovery is fast and complications are rare.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments offered at Atlanta Vision Institute, feel free to call or email us with your questions, or come in for a consultation. Dr. Ashraf understands the sensitivity and concerns about eye treatment, and is happy to answer all of your questions about your procedure.

To schedule an appointment, call (770) 622-2488. Or, fill out our easy online form, and one of our staff members will get back with you shortly.

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