You may have heard of terms like LASIK and SMILE, but perhaps you don’t know enough about the differences to decide which is best for you.
Laser eye surgery, also known as refractive surgery, is a common procedure that many people undergo to improve their vision. However, there are some differences in the approach, the symptoms they treat and their results.
What is LASIK?
Vision correction is a surgical procedure that is growing in popularity every day. Vision correction is a surgical procedure that is growing in popularity every day. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the second generation of laser vision correction that has been around for almost 20 years.
LASIK only requires less than 30 minutes of treatment time, making it a quick and painless outpatient procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon will create a corneal flap, using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Then, they will use a laser to reshape the cornea. Finally, they will put the flap back in place, and you will be on your way.
What is SMILE?
One of the great things about SMILE laser eye surgery is that more people are suitable for this than other forms of laser treatment. We use the latest generation of femtosecond lasers called VisuMax® 500 by CARL ZEISS Meditec. A flap-free method that is more gentle and faster than conventional flap-based laser eye surgery.
SMILE, or small incision lenticule extraction, is a newer type of laser eye surgery that has been around for over 10 years. The main difference is that with LASIK we create a flap in the cornea, and with SMILE we make a tiny keyhole incision. Both LASIK and SMILE are effective laser vision correction procedures that can treat refractive errors and improve vision.. But SMILE causes less side effects such as dry eye and may be safer for people who engage in contact sports or physical work.
After visual recovery, laser vision correction can significantly reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. However, it’s essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon.
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