SMILE in Tuscaloosa, AL

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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.

What Are The Benefits Of SMILE?

SMILE surgery in Tuscaloosa, AL at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa helps you achieve crisper, clearer vision with several great benefits, including:

  • It's specifically designed to treat astigmatism and myopia
  • Provides an alternative to LASIK
  • It's less invasive than other methods
  • Procedure is quick, easy, and comfortable
  • Fewer side effects
  • High safety and efficacy profile
  • Recovery is faster

Who is a Candidate for SMILE?

Candidates for SMILE eye surgery are at least 22 years old and have maintained a stable eye prescription for at least a year. Treatment is ideal for patients with mild to moderate myopia and astigmatism. A consultation at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa is the best way to determine your eligibility for this innovative procedure. Our talented team can review your medical history and conduct a thorough eye examination to help you make the best decision about your vision correction options.

SMILE Surgical Technique

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.


Is the SMILE procedure safe?

Yes, SMILE is FDA-approved safe and effective for those who are a candidate for this procedure. In addition to FDA approval, the onboard computer-controlled laser includes tracking that adjusts for any small movements of the eye and head. It is a newer, advanced technology with a very high safety profile compared to other laser vision correction methods.

Does a SMILE procedure hurt?

No, before the procedure begins, your eyes are treated with anesthetic drops to completely numb them and reduce blinking and eye movement. If anything is felt at all, most say it only feels like a slight sensation of pressure.

How long does it take to get SMILE?

SMILE laser vision correction is quick, easy, and comfortable. In most cases, your procedure can be completed in about 30 minutes total, including preparation time and the procedure itself.

Can anyone get SMILE laser vision correction?

While almost anyone with astigmatism or nearsightedness can be a SMILE candidate, patients must be at least 22 years old and no older than 45, in addition to having maintained a stable eye prescription for one year. Candidates cannot have keratoconus, thin corneas, presbyopia and hyperopia, glaucoma, a health condition affecting healing, or be pregnant or nursing. During your consultation, we will review your eye health history to ensure SMILE is right for you.

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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