What is SMILE?

SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness), providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally-invasive procedure. A laser is used to create a thin contact-lens-shape layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision.

Worldwide, over 2 million SMILE procedures have been performed by more than 1,800 surgeons. And these numbers continue to grow every day.

What makes SMILE different from LASIK?

Laser vision correction helps correct vision that is farsighted, nearsighted or has astgmatism. During the procedure, a laser gently reshapes the cornea so that light focuses better. Millions have been helped by PRK and LASIK. Now we’re offering patients SMILE, a minimally-invasive procedure with little downtime. Our surgeons and staff will help you determine which option is best for your eyes. 


How does it work?

SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia. The procedure quickly reshapes the cornea of your eye. Watch it here. 

ReLEx® SMILE treatment steps

Step 1: Lenticule creation

A thin lenticule and small incision are created inside the intact cornea.

Step 2: Lenticule removal

The lenticule is removed through the incision with minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.

Step 3: Impairment is corrected

Removing the lenticule changes the  shape of the cornea, thereby achieving a refractive correction.