SMILE! – The latest in Laser Vision Correction
SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsghtedness), providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally-invasive procedure. The laser creates a thin, contact lens-shaped layer beneath the surface of the eye which is then removed through a small opening that was created. Worldwide, over 750,000 SMILE procedures have been performed by more than 1,000 surgeons. And these numbers continue to grow every day! In fact, SMILE is the fastest-growing laser vision correction surgery in the world. For more on SMILE, click here.
All Laser Bladeless
All-Laser LASIK combines the precision and safety of the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser technology, with no metal blade, and WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Laser technology. With the LASIK procedure, a thin corneal flap is first made with a femtosecond laser and retracted. Guided by a skilled surgeon, an excimer laser is then used to produce a precise gentle beam of “cool” laser light, which will reshape the cornea. This treatment is customized based on the unique shape of your cornea and the focus of your visual system. After the excimer laser is completed, the flap is put back in place where it bonds naturally to the cornea without the need for stitches. LASIK is a highly effective, safe, and quick outpatient procedure, allowing most patients to resume normal activity the next day with few restrictions.
AST- Advanced Surface Treatment
AST is an advanced form of PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) where the excimer laser is used precisely to reshape the cornea without first creating a corneal flap. AST may be safer for some people including those with thin or irregular corneal tissue or those who are high risk for eye injury. The technique involves gently removing the outermost layer of the cornea, which will require 3 to 4 days of healing. The excimer treatment is performed on the surface of the cornea and a bandage contact lens is placed to facilitate the regrowth of corneal epithelium. Because there is no flap, the structural integrity of the cornea is maintained. This form of correction is required for military professionals and some departments of law enforcement, as well.