How is SMILE different from LASIK?

With LASIK surgery, a thin flap is created in the cornea. The SMILE procedure does not involve creating this small surgical flap. With this treatment, a very thin disc of corneal tissue is removed through a tiny incision which, itself, has the shape of a smile! This is a much less invasive approach with many benefits, particularly for clients with dry eyes or for those who would prefer not to undergo PRK.

An Overview of the SMILE procedure

“Small Incision Lenticule Extraction,” or SMILE, is a revolutionary surgery to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism, or poor vision in clients with dry eyes or an inability to tolerate contact lenses. This treatment is minimally invasive and may be able to transform your quality of life. 

Is SMILE right for me?

Not every client is right for LASIK, and some would prefer an alternative to the surgery. The advantage of SMILE is that it is minimally invasive. However, it is not appropriate for all types of vision problems. You may be a candidate for this groundbreaking surgery if:

  • You are nearsighted or have a mild astigmatism
  • You are 22 years or older
  • Your eye prescription has been stable for a year
  • You have a degree of nearsightedness in the range of -1 and -10 and up to 3 diopters of astigmatism 
  • Your cornea is healthy 

Why choose Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers for SMILE?

At Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers, we have three world-class facilities to choose from found in Glendale, Los Angeles, and Westwood, CA. Our practice is different from most, as we have in-house eye-specialty ambulatory surgery centers and laser suites, allowing you to avoid undergoing eye surgery at an “open-access” surgery center. With us, you will experience superior patient care, privacy, and support. 

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What can I expect during SMILE?

The treatment takes only about ten to fifteen minutes to complete. The specialized, next-generation laser system is programmed with the custom-mapped measurements of your individual eye. First, your eye is numbed with eye drops. Your eyelids will be held open with a special device so you can’t blink.

Although it may sound daunting, the process is not painful. Our revolutionary laser system will sculpt a small disc-shaped section of cornea below the eye’s surface, called a “lenticule.” A small incision is then created in the cornea to access the small disc and remove a tiny section, reshaping the cornea for clearer vision.

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Eye care at its best

We are 100% committed to providing our patients the absolute best eye care anywhere on earth. Dr. Soroudi has impressive credentials, experience, a superlative track record, and several inventions. He is widely recognized as being among the most precise and dedicated eye surgeons in the world today, catering to people from all over the world who fly in for treatment. He has performed surgery on members of international royal families, Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, and billionaire clients. 

What can I expect from recovery?

After your SMILE procedure, you will need to be driven home by another adult. Rest or relax for the rest of the day, and administer the eye drops according to the aftercare instructions we provide. You may have blurry vision for a few days, which becomes clearer and more distinct over time. Avoid getting water in your eyes for several days. Other than these restrictions, you are free to go back to your usual activities within a day or two.

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Working with a trusted eye care authority

Ask Dr. Soroudi about your surgical options to see if you are a candidate for the SMILE procedure. We provide interest-free financing and follow-up appointments at no added charge for one year after SMILE. If for any reason you need an enhancement, we cover all costs for up to one year to ensure you get the best vision possible. 

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