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 and his entire staff are amazing. They were completely accommodating, professional and kind to me while I was freaking out about cataracts in both eyes. If you must have eye surgery, I highly recommend Dr. Waite."- A.C. / Google / Jul 24, 2019
"Dr. Waite and his ophthalmology practice is unsurpassed in offering the best and most up to date technology, anywhere in the world. Everything was state-of-the-art, including his surgical room. My experience was simply amazing. I felt so comfortable from the moment I walked into his office, (which is beautiful by the way, with the most gorgeous views of the valley). His entire staff are the absolute best, reaching out and assisting me at at my every need and answered in detail every question i had. They are the absolute friendliest and most professional staff that you will ever find anywhere. AND... Dr. Waite is pretty darn awesome as well. So genuine, so very personable and concerned about my comfort level every step of the way. He explained everything and talked me through my cataract procedure from start to finish. He successfully lowered my anxiety level from a ten to a one, (well OK, he lowered it to maybe a two). His expertise is at the highest level possible. To sum it up, for the first time in my life, i do not need glasses or eye-wear of any kind. My vision is perfect, both far and near. This is only the Doctor and facility I would ever recommend, a wonderful experience with a great outcome. Thank you Dr Waite."- R.F. / Google / Jul 04, 2019
"I had icl surgery a few weeks ago it was an amazing experience i was stocked how fast the procedure was and the recovery was literally one day i now have 20/15 in both eyes i would absolutely recommend these guys and this procedure to anyone."- S.R. / Google / Jun 30, 2019
"I had such a great experience with Dr Waite and his staff! Thank you for taking such good care of me. The office is beautiful and peaceful. The staff is professional, efficient and friendly. Dr. Waite is genuine and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my eye surgery."- L.B. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"I highly recommend Waite Vision. Dr Waite and his staff are friendly and professional. Having had to wear glasses or contacts for 30+ years ICL surgery has been literally life changing. Financing was easy and very reasonable. Thanks Waite Vision!"- M.M. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
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.