SMILE in Tuscaloosa, AL

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About SMILE

At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, SMILE laser vision correction is a new and exciting surgical procedure that provides many of the same benefits as LASIK. Also known as small incision lenticule extraction, the SMILE procedure is used for correcting nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea with a laser. For some people, SMILE might serve as an even better alternative than LASIK. Our highly skilled team utilizes cutting-edge technologies and advanced techniques to perform SMILE surgery that corrects refractive errors and virtually eliminates a patient's dependence on glasses or contacts. During a comprehensive eye exam at our facility in Tuscaloosa, AL, we can determine whether would benefit from SMILE or another laser vision correction procedure.

SMILE Surgical Technique

Ideal candidates for SMILE eye surgery are at least 22 years old and have maintained a stable eye prescription for at least a year. Prior to performing SMILE, you will be positioned comfortably, and numbing drops will be placed in your eyes to ensure your comfort. Your surgeon will use a cool femtosecond laser to cut a very small incision in your eye before removing a thin, disc-like piece of the cornea. The removal of this layer allows the cornea to be reshaped, which corrects your vision. The procedure itself takes less than ten minutes. Prior to leaving our office, you will be provided with home care instructions to ensure proper healing. You may experience irritation, burning, or discomfort in your eyes, but these effects should fade within the next several days. Many patients report clearer vision within a few hours following the procedure with improvements continuing over the next couple of weeks.

SMILE for Clearer Vision

The team at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa is pleased to offer some of the most innovative laser surgery options available in the eye industry. The SMILE procedure utilizes the same laser technique as LASIK, but it is slightly less invasive. We invite you to schedule a consultation at our office in Tuscaloosa, AL to learn whether you're a candidate for SMILE laser vision correction.

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