SMILE Eye Surgery
King LASIK has been a leader in vision correction procedures like LASIK for over a decade — and now we’re proud to be a leading provider of SMILE eye surgery, one of the most effective and exciting alternatives to LASIK. Dr. King and the rest of the team at King LASIK are here to guide you to, and through, the vision correction surgery that’s right for you.
What is SMILE Eye Surgery?
Small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE, is a minimally invasive vision correction procedure. One of its best qualities is that, unlike similar procedures, it leaves the front of the eye almost completely undisturbed — while still achieving exceptional visual clarity.
Our advanced SMILE vision correction uses an ultraprecise femtosecond laser to create a small disc of tissue, known as a lenticule, just beneath the top layer of the cornea. The lenticule is removed via a miniscule opening in your eye, finely reshaping the eye to dramatically improve your vision.
Benefits of SMILE Vision Correction
SMILE eye surgery’s benefits don’t just make it a fantastic alternative to LASIK — it can be the ideal solution for certain patients:
- It offers extremely precise correction for severe myopia (nearsightedness) or mild astigmatism
- Because the incision is so small, recovery is often quicker than other vision procedures
- SMILE is less likely to cause dry eye side effects, and is less irritating to the front of the eye
- Patients are often able to return to normal activities as soon as the next day, from wearing make-up to exercising
SMILE eye surgery is one of the most revolutionary advancements in corrective vision surgery, and is already deeply trusted by experts, like the surgical team at King LASIK, to enhance vision and reduce the need for corrective eyewear.
Why Choose King LASIK for Your SMILE Procedure?
As one of the most experienced practicing laser eye surgeons, Dr. Joseph King has performed more than 150,000 successful procedures in his career: his skill and experience are without parallel. Having had corrective vision surgery himself, Dr. King understands firsthand what the experience is like, and helps guide patients through the process to the incredible vision results it brings.
You can rest assured, no one is more familiar with or skilled at SMILE eye surgery than the King LASIK team: they’ll make sure you’re a great SMILE candidate and deliver an extraordinary patient experience.
Wondering If SMILE Eye Surgery is Right for You?
SMILE eye surgery is an exceptional option for patients who have myopia or mild astigmatism! Since SMILE has a fast recovery time and is minimally invasive, it’s also a great pick for patients who have active lifestyles or sensitive eyes.
If you’re over the age of 21, have good overall eye health, have had a stable vision prescription for at least a year, and have sufficient corneal thickness, SMILE may be right for you. Our team is happy to help determine if you’re a good candidate during a consultation.
SMILE Eye Surgery Recovery
SMILE has a faster recovery time than similar procedures, but you’ll still need someone to drive you home after surgery! You should also avoid eye-straining activities for the next 24 hours, like reading, watching television, or using computer screens.
While there will likely be some fluctuation in your eyesight, you’ll most likely notice improvement in your vision within 24 hours. Recovery can vary from patient to patient, but most are able to enjoy fully healed eyes — and in many cases, complete vision correction — just a week after surgery!