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.
"There isn't a better office to go get your eyes checked! The office is beautiful! Marble stone and crystalline light fixtures and accents. The waiting room looks over the valley, it's an absolutely stunning view! It is very comfortable, will put you at ease! The whole staff is wonderful. Very informative. Listens to questions and hears out concerns. They have every machine imaginable, high quality pieces. I never felt in pain like with some experiences I've had in the past. The odd thing though is all the different rooms you go to for each machine. It's like an assembly line. I was taken to like 4 different rooms in one visit. Kinda cool, loads of pace but I just chuckled at how many places I got up to go to. It's not detrimental, just funny. But here's the real kicker, I didn't realize how little my insurance would cover my visits and they discounted my visit because they thought my insurance was crazy. I didn't even ask, they just did it and told me I was gonna get a new bill! Go to Waite vision, your eyes will and peace of mind will thank you! Thanks Waite vision!"- M.S. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2019
"I am 25 years old, and I was born with cataracts. My entire life I've had trouble seeing things the same as others, especially when doing things outside. I always had to wear dark sunglasses, and even then, my vision was extremely impaired. It was beginning to be a handicap to me, so I was recommended to Dr. Waite by my optometrist. The first day we walked into the office, I was incredibly impressed. The facility is incredible. It's clean and professional and instantly gave me some peace of mind. Dr. Waite is a very nice guy, and he seems extremely knowledgable and confident in his profession. He recommended I have cataract surgery on my worst eye first to replace my old lens with a multifocal lens. After much consideration, I decided to go through with it.It's now the day after my surgery, and I cannot believe HOW WELL I CAN SEE! My experience with Dr. Waite was great, and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help with cataracts. The surgery was painless, and I haven't had any pain afterward either. I'm grateful to Dr. Waite and his staff for making my experience comfortable and for ultimately improving my vision ten fold!"- H.D. / Google / Mar 29, 2019
"I had the honor of being seen at Waite Vision just the other day. I must say that I am highly impressed! What a stunning, classy, beautiful facility. Also, Dr. Waite and his staff are amazing! I felt so comfortable. And, all of my questions were answered. This is truly a state of the art entity! I was told that their surgical procedures are preformed on site. The surgical room is incredible. Everything is! A feast for the eyes! How fitting!!!"- J.H. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"Dr Waite was able to diagnose and fix my mom's eyes at the first office visit. He was also able to remove a cataract and give me 20/20 vision again. The office is beautiful and well equipped. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- A.L. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"I have nothing but great things to say about Waite vision. I was referred here in an emergency situation and the staff was always friendly and welcoming. From my initial visit to now I had PRK performed by Dr. Waite. During the recovery from the surgery the office has been available as a simple text message away; I am excited to share my vision is better than ever! I have loved every minute of my interactions with this office and would recommend Waite vision to anyone."- N.K. / Google / Mar 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.