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The 3rd Generation of Laser Vision Correction - SMILE is LASIK without a flap and PRK without pain

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What is SMILE?

SMILE, also known as third generation Laser Vision Correction, is a state-of-the-art procedure that is less invasive, has minimal downtime as well as less discomfort. This procedure is perfect for people who suffer from nearsightedness with astigmatism but do not qualify for traditional LASIK.  SMILE is a LASIK-like procedure available to improve their vision with all of the benefits of traditional LASIK.

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What makes SMILE different from LASIK?

LASIK vs SMILE Incision Comparassion

The SMILE procedure was designed primarily to improve eyesight for patients who struggle with Myopia with astigmatism, commonly called nearsightedness. While traditional LASIK requires the use of two separate lasers, SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction, aka, SMILE, improves Myopia with the use of a single ReLEx SMILE® laser. This procedure uses a special laser to create a thin, contact lens shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small 4mm opening, through which the layer is removed. By removing the layer of tissue, the cornea is reshaped which instantly improves the patients’ vision.

What Are the Benefits of SMILE?

Because SMILE relies on a single 4mm incision, it is less invasive than traditional LASIK. With the incision being so much smaller than what is required in other LASER Vision Correction procedures, our team can preserve the integrity of the cornea, and post-op dry eye is greatly reduced.  Because the procedure can be completed so quickly and has few risks associated with it, many patients who are not eligible for traditional LASIK qualify for SMILE.

What Is the Recovery Process?

There is little downtime associated with SMILE because it is a minimally invasive procedure. Full vision is usually restored within 24 hours, but after that time most patients are free to go about their lives as usual. Strenuous activities, such as exercising, are typically able to be resumed one week after surgery.

Financing Your New Vision

Several different financing plans are offered through CareCredit, including interest free plans and extended terms. Patients can apply for financing via telephone, computer, or during the consultation.Care Credit can help you find a plan that fits your needs.

  • No down payment
  • Low monthly payment
  • Low fixed rates
  • No prepayment penalty
  • Interest-free options available for 12 or 18 months with approved credit*

Over-the-phone approval or online approval

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Spending Account (HSA)
Refractive surgery is considered an eligible expense for 2013. Itemized receipts can be provided for reimbursement through FSA and HSA plans.

Locations

The Eye Center of Racine

3805 B Spring Street,
Suite 140
Racine, WI 53405

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The Eye Center of Kenosha

Med Care West
9916 75th Street,
Suite 101
Kenosha, WI 53142

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