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.
Equipped with the latest technologies, Atlanta Vision Institute is greater-Atlanta’s preferred center for vision correction surgeries. Our team of advanced eye care specialists offers the latest enhancements in eye surgery, including SMILE laser vision correction. Dr. Ashraf is the only surgeon in the Atlanta area to offer the SMILE modality in addition to PRK and standard LASIK eye surgeries.
The team at Atlanta Vision Institute has performed tens of thousands of successful laser eye surgeries and we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of surgical techniques and procedures, adapting to innovations in the industry. He is the first surgeon in the region to provide the cutting-edge 3rd generation of laser vision correction, SMILE, a procedure that provides a quicker recovery time and healthier eyes.
SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction and is approved by the U.S. FDA. This procedure is increasing in popularity and has been performed successfully on over 800,000 eyes worldwide. SMILE is gradually replacing LASIK as the go-to laser vision correction surgery, and we are proud to offer it right here, at Atlanta Vision Institute.
During LASIK surgery, a small flap in your corneal tissue is created so an excimer laser can reshape your cornea. With SMILE, an excimer laser is not used, and a corneal flap is not made. Instead, your surgeon uses a Femtosecond laser to reshape the cornea. The recovery for this less invasive procedure is twice as fast as LASIK and relatively effortless, meaning you can enjoy your perfect vision sooner and pain-free.
SMILE is generally associated with short recovery times. You will be able to resume your normal routine quickly after surgery, with little to no discomfort. The microscopic incisions made during the surgery heal within a day or so. There is no risk of flap-related complications that are possible after LASIK. And, unlike PRK, the corneal epithelial cells do not need to regenerate in the days and weeks following SMILE surgery.
Another important benefit of SMILE is that because it does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, it is less disruptive to the overall strength and integrity of the cornea.
SMILE allows you to experience 20/20 vision without any corrective eyewear. SMILE is a great option if you are:
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashraf to see how you can benefit from his advanced SMILE procedure.
Dr. Ashraf uses the FDA-approved Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser, which is praised by laser eye surgeons for its precision, accuracy and speed.
The cost of SMILE treatment depends on the individual treatment plan. Our team would be happy to discuss pricing with you after a consultation to learn more about your needs.
First, your eyes will be numbed to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort. You may also choose to take an oral medication to help you relax and stay comfortable during the procedure.
Next, Dr. Ashraf will use the femtosecond laser to create a tiny lens-shaped cut in your cornea. He will then remove a small disc of tissue through a separate incision; this produces the corneal shape change needed to improve the focusing power of your eye.
The procedure takes less than eight minutes.
Plan to return to work the very next day after SMILE. You may choose to have your surgery on a Friday so you can take the weekend to relax and then return to work on Monday.
Your vision may be slightly hazy and you may have some temporary light sensitivity or glare for a few days after surgery. Dr. Ashraf recommends resting your eyes if you experience sensitivity to light.
For most patients, SMILE allows them to see as well or better than they did with glasses or contacts. Of course if you are 40 or older, you may need reading glasses. Dr. Ashraf can discuss the likelihood of needing corrective eyewear after SMILE, based on your specific refractive error, prescription, age and other individualized factors.
Yes, we offer laser eye surgery financing through several plans, including GreenSky and CareCredit. Please inquire with a member of our team about your financing options.
Another option is to use funds from an employer-sponsored health savings account (HAS) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for SMILE.
Dr. Ashraf is very experienced with the SMILE procedure (as well as the other forms of modern laser eye surgery). With his expertise, he can determine the procedure best suited to your needs.
Rest assured Dr. Ashraf is extremely proficient in the advanced technology used during SMILE, and that he will work carefully and thoroughly to give you the best visual results possible.
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.