What about the SMILE program?

SMILE is simple, fast, and low-impact laser surgery. You may not be able to spend much time in the operating room, but you should plan your surgery with your eye doctor and know what to expect when the surgery is performed.

Preparation: The first step in preparing for SMILE is getting a diagnosis from your eye doctor. This will allow you to discuss your concerns and expectations with your eye doctor, so you know what to expect regarding healing time, risks, and other factors.

The SMILE preparation includes:

  1. A comprehensive eye exam that allows your ophthalmologist to fully understand your eye health.
  2. Make sure you don’t have other vision problems, such as high fluid pressure, that could indicate you’re causing your glaucoma.
  3. By mapping the surface of the cornea, the ophthalmologist can program the laser to make the proper lens incision.
  4. Measure the pupil size.

Procedure: SMILE Eye Surgery Los Angeles takes 10-15 minutes at a glance. The laser is programmed based on a map of the eye, and the surgeon paralyzes the eye with drops. Although the eyelids do not blink because they are held in place by special splints, the guided laser provides adequate protection to manage seizures during surgery.

Once in place, a suction ring is placed over the cornea to prevent eye movement. A laser is fired and microlenses are formed on the cornea. The surgeon then removes this shape from the lens. This part of the job takes about 30 seconds.

Aftercare: SMILE can be cured quickly, but you still need someone to take you home. Anything that requires sight, whether it’s watching TV, working, or reading, should take a break.

You can see the next day, but your vision may be slightly blurry for several weeks after surgery as the cornea re-forms and heals. You should avoid activities that could get particles into your eyes, such as swimming, for a few days before your eye doctor cleans you. After 1 or 2 days after surgery, you should be able to resume your normal daily activities with little effect.

A smile can improve your eyesight

Although SMILE is a new procedure in the United States, it is rapidly growing as a viable option to help nearsighted patients with or without astigmatism. In the future, similar procedures may be developed to specifically help astigmatism or both types of farsightedness. However, the fact that there are programs to improve the sight of nearsighted people means that most people in the world can improve their sight.

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Finn Oliver Edwards: Finn, a pediatric nurse, shares child health tips, parenting advice, and preventive measures for common childhood illnesses.