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SMILE® Laser Vision Correction
Gimbel Eye Centre is committed to remaining at the forefront of laser vision correction, which is why we are now offering the revolutionary technique known as the SMILE® laser system. Vision correction with the ZEISS ReLEx® SMILE® laser technology offers many individuals a less invasive alternative to LASIK or PRK and a number of other additional benefits. With this innovative technology, our eye doctors can help many nearsighted patients significantly reduce their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses with a “flapless” laser procedure that can diminish recovery and healing times.
- What Is the SMILE® Laser Vision Correction System?
- SMILE® Laser Benefits
- SMILE® Laser Procedure
- SMILE® Laser Treatment Recovery
- SMILE® Laser Vision Correction Cost
What Is the SMILE® Laser Vision Correction System?
The SMILE® laser vision correction system is a state-of-the-art option designed to help patients improve nearsightedness and dramatically minimize (or even eliminate) the need for corrective eyewear. SMILE®, or “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction,” allows our eye doctor to reshape the eye’s cornea and reduce refractive errors without creating a corneal flap of tissue, making this option a less invasive procedure when compared to other popular forms of laser vision correction.
What Are the Benefits of SMILE® Laser Vision Correction?
SMILE® laser vision correction offers a variety of benefits for ideal candidates, including:
- Correction of myopia (nearsightedness) and some cases of associated astigmatism
- The procedure is entirely performed with a laser (no surgical blades will come near the eye)
- The creation of a corneal flap to access deeper corneal tissues is not necessary
- Less risk of “dry eye syndrome” following the procedure
- Quick recovery time
- May be a good alternative for patients who are not LASIK candidates
Our experienced eye doctor can meet with you to determine whether the SMILE® technique is the best laser vision correction option for your needs. If so, we can develop a customized treatment plan designed to help you improve your vision and reduce your reliance on glasses and contacts. Patients who are primarily affected by hyperopia (farsightedness) are not the best candidates for SMILE® laser procedures; however, we can recommend a number of alternative vision correction treatments designed to correct that concern.
What Does the SMILE® Laser Procedure Involve?
Before the laser vision correction component of the SMILE® procedure begins, your eyes will be numbed with a topical anesthetic to minimize the potential for discomfort. Our eye surgeon will utilize the advanced ZEISS VisuMax® laser to perform the SMILE® laser technique. The laser will carefully remove a small “lenticule” (a bit of lens-shaped tissue) from the cornea. This lenticule is delicately extracted through a tiny incision made by the same laser, resulting in corneal reshaping that should correct the refractive error. No corneal flaps are necessary with this procedure.
The SMILE® laser procedure can be performed here at our practice and usually takes just a few minutes per eye to complete.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from SMILE® Laser Treatment?
The small incision made by the laser should heal on its own without the need for stitches, and our doctor will prescribe eye drops to aid the healing process. Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines (including driving) just one day after the SMILE® laser vision correction procedure. Many individuals are already seeing much more clearly within a day of the procedure, and the full results are typically apparent within the following two weeks.
How Much Does SMILE® Laser Vision Correction Cost?
The cost of SMILE® laser vision correction generally starts at CA$2650 per eye at Gimbel Eye Centre. Please note that this procedure is customized based on each patient’s specific needs and goals; therefore, the price can vary due to a number of factors unique to the individual treatment plan. Laser vision correction is typically classified as an elective procedure and is usually not covered by insurance policies; however, our office is sensitive to the financial situations of our patients and we strive to make paying for treatment as convenient as possible. For this reason, we accept an array of payment methods, as well as financing through Medicard. A friendly member of our team will calculate a total cost estimate of your SMILE® laser vision correction procedure once your treatment plan is developed and will be happy to talk with you about our payment options.
If you have questions about SMILE® laser vision correction, we encourage you to contact Gimbel Eye Centre today. We can provide you with more information, or we can assist you with scheduling your initial consultation.