You've probably heard of LASIK and PRK, but have you heard about SMILE? SMILE, or small incision lenticule extraction, is a technique where a femtosecond laser is used to remove a small round lenticule of corneal tissue from the middle layers of the cornea. The procedure is performed through a small incision, similar to the idea of laparoscopic surgery. The benefit is less healing time. The visual recovery is slightly slower than LASIK but the final visual result is comparably excellent. SMILE is FDA-approved to treat nearsightedness, but approval to treat astigmatism is on the horizon. At Waite Vision in Lehi, UT we strive to give our patients the best care in the world. Our board-certified ophthalmologist and founder, Dr. Aaron Waite, is extremely skilled in several vision correction surgeries, offering phenomenal results to each of his patients. During a consultation we will help determine if SMILE could help you regain your vision.
"Dr Waite is THE BEST!!!!! My vision is fantastic and I could not be happier!!!?????? He is so professional, and you can tell he's a perfectionist, he tested and verified again and again until he and I were both satisfied he had the the best plan for me!!! The office staff is warm and friendly, they spoiled me and made me feel so welcome and comfortable!!! The office is immaculate, fantastic, and be-autiful!!!! Oh, and the follow-up is great, I felt, and feel like they really care about me, my experience, and whether I am happy with the results or not! I recommend Waite Vision to anyone and everyone!!!!????"- J.P. / Google / Dec 08, 2018
"If your top priority in choosing where to go for vision correction surgery is quality of care, Dr. Waite unequivocally provides the highest standard of care. Not only is he a top-notch surgeon to whom other surgeons refer, he and his staff are all conscientious, kind, and committed to provided an outstanding personalized patient experience. And if you've been told you're not a candidate, he won't just send you away and call "next" - he'll spend time considering all your options and explaining the factors involved so that you feel your needs matter. I just had my first experience traveling contact lens and glasses free since my refractive lens exchange, and it was so freeing! Why are we all spending so much money and effort fussing with crutches and bandaids when it's so easy to fix the problem? And if you're going to have vision correction surgery, you want the best, this is not something you want to shop for discounts on. Thank you Waite Vision for setting the bar of patient care so high!"- S.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2018
"BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE! I have been thinking about getting lasik done forever and right when they opened up by me I ran in for a consultation and have never been so excited! I scheduled my appt and threw all my contacts away! I suggest this to anyone who has contacts! It’s life changing and best decision!"- M.A. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Working with Dr. Waite and his staff was a wonderful experience start to finish! A highly professional office and a pleasant life changing experience! I am thrilled with my new perfect vision!"- C.J. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"I did my research for an entire year before choosing Waite Vision. While they make vision correction extremely affordable, they do not provide cheap LASIK here, nor do they offer free consults. Some may not like it, but that was very a reassuring thing to me. Even my mechanic charges for a diagnostic. My advice, if you want to take it, is to do your research. You wouldn't "Groupon" your brain surgery, just like you wouldn't buy that 20% OFF parachute. Don't seek out a freebie and cut corners when it comes to your precious eyes.As for the experience, I felt confident and in control the entire time. The staff played my favorite soundtrack in the background. I've got to say, putting on contacts feels infinitely more invasive to me. I'm serious. I just can't do it. My wife always gives me a hard time because I need to blink and can't seem to relax my eyes. And yet, incredibly enough, Dr. Waite was able to keep me calm and relaxed during the procedure, which by the way, wasn't painful. Full disclosure, you can certainly tell your eyes are being worked on, but aside from feeling like you have a tiny eyelash in your eyes during the procedure, the entire process was fast and painless. In less than 20 minutes, I received the gift of visual freedom. If you could see what I see, you wouldn’t think twice about it, I promise you. I was able to see clearly that very same night, and even walked my dog out for half an hour. I could finally notice the small details on something I would've taken for granted with my glasses before, the leaves on the trees. It was mind-blowing. I'm sitting at 20/15, I have better than normal vision now. I can only describe it as superhero-like vision.I can attest that Dr. Waite is not only a published author and innovator in his industry, but he is also a compassionate, world-class eye surgeon who empathizes with his patients. Many other doctors are simply unable to connect with you at a personal level due to the way they've designed their practice or the number of people they are trying to get through the door. That is not the case with Waite Vision. When they say you'll feel like a VIP, they mean it. The place feels like a luxurious Spa in the setting of a high-touch environment. But at the end of the day, not even the fanciest of settings is complete without a solid team. Dr. Waite and his team are by far the nicest, most professional people you will ever meet as far as vision correction goes. I wholeheartedly recommend Waite Vision to anyone who is entertaining the idea of having better-than-ever vision, not only for LASIK but for the full spectrum of vision correction. I certainly can't wait to bring my Dad in from Ecuador to help him get rid of his readers forever!By the way, this photo was taken just 5 minutes after the procedure!"- F.L. / Google / Nov 29, 2018
Those who have extremely active lifestyles may be a better fit for SMILE than LASIK. Because of the corneal flap that is created during LASIK, there is a risk of detachment in highly active patients. SMILE may be right for you if you meet the following criteria:
- You are 22 years old or older
- Your prescription has not changed in the last year
- You are nearsighted with -1 to -8 diopters
- You have minimal astigmatism
- Your cornea is healthy
- You are in good overall health
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery
Before your surgery begins, your Dr. Waite will place anesthetic numbing drops on your eye and will place a holder between your eyelids to prevent blinking during the procedure. He will then use a computer-controlled femtosecond laser to place a small, precise incision in the peripheral cornea. At the same time, the laser creates a lenticule (tiny segment) in the mid-cornea then removes it through the small incision. After removing the corrective lenticule, the new corneal shape corrects nearsightedness. The SMILE procedure takes less than 10 minutes to complete the total surgery and only 30 seconds of actual laser treatment. Most patients are able to return to work within 24 hours after the procedure.
What to Expect
It is not uncommon to experience some minor burning, itching, or irritation in your eyes. You may also encounter watery eyes or minor discomfort. These are common side effects and will subside in the hours and days following the procedure. Some patients notice immediately improved vision, while others may not experience the full result of their procedure for a few months. The healing time for SMILE can be very short and your chances of experiencing dry eye and other complications are minimal.
SMILE is often considered an elective procedure by insurance companies. As such, it is not often covered.
The one-time cost of SMILE is far less than the cumulative recurring expense of glasses or contact lenses, and you’re making an investment in yourself. You’ll immediately discover the significant improvement in the quality of your life when you’re free of glasses or contacts. Think of the value of waking up in the morning, seeing your alarm clock clearly and conquering the day without the continual need to search for your glasses. The benefits of having clearer vision are endless. The value offered by SMILE is much greater than the dollar amount invested.
Waite Vision assists you in improving the quality of your life by accepting major credit cards and health savings accounts (HSAs). We also offer easy financing plans starting as low as $99 per month. Ask a team member to learn more about the multiple payment options available.
SMILE For Better Results
At Waite Vision, we're pleased to offer the most advanced laser vision correction technology in the region. You can be assured you will receive the best fit procedure for your unique eyes and lifestyle. To learn more about laser vision correction, consult our Lehi, UT practice today. We serve the greater northern Utah region and look forward to exceeding your expectations.