Learn How SMILE Changed the Life and Vision of Margaux Askeland.
A SMILE can brighten anyone’s day, and laser vision correction with SMILE can brighten your entire life! Can you imagine a life with better vision, without the need for glasses or contacts? What would you do to make that clearer vision a reality?
For Margaux Askeland SMILE Laser Vision Correction has made that better vision a reality!
In her own words, here is her SMILE story:
“I have worn glasses/contacts since the 3rd grade (I’m now 32) and was just sick of it. My husband had always encouraged me to get corrective surgery but I was too nervous about it – I mean after all it’s my EYES!! And surgery on my eyes really terrified me.
I had been talking about that with a few of my co-workers and one of them had gotten LASIK, performed by Dr Dishler, and highly recommended him. I thought, what the heck, I’ll check it out. It’s time. That same day I called Dr. Dishler, and a few other LASIK providers, and only got the warm and fuzzies from Dishler Laser Institute. The others all seemed like a surgery factory – in and out, no personal touch.
I promptly booked a consultation at Dishler Laser Institute and within an hour of being there, I knew I was going to go through corrective eye surgery with this team of doctors. I wanted it done right away! They were so kind and knowledgeable. I talked to the doctors and told them that in a weeks’ time I’d actually be leaving the company for three weeks, sitting on an airplane for 17+ hours one way, but… could I get it done before then, could I fly?
That’s when they brought up SMILE.
It was a better fit for me, no flap, less chance of infection while traveling abroad and the country I was going too had been performing this procedure already for years. I was initially cautious with it being a new procedure to the United States, but all the doctors and nurses answered all of my questions and more. A few days later and I was in the operating room having the procedure and immediately after the procedure had improved vision. My vision was 20/20 but slightly “fuzzy” for a few days after the surgery. I was 20/16 on my 1 month check up and it has improved daily since then. I just had my 6 month checkup and now have 20/12 vision! I’ve never been happier and definitely do not miss putting on glasses or contacts!”
Please share with us why you chose the SMILE procedure, and why it appealed to you.
I researched all the corrective eye surgeries and knew people who had LASIK and PRK done. I knew if I could avoid PRK I would, due to the longer healing process and a more painful recovery. I was a little nervous about LASIK because the flap and its possible complications, and quite honestly I didn’t know much about SMILE until I left Dishler Laser Institute (DLI). I chose the SMILE procedure because it was a much better fit for my lifestyle, getting on an airplane days after the procedures was no problem, and the procedure was the least invasive to my eye. It was also less prone to “dry eyes” which… living in Colorado was already a problem for me. It was also the newest and best surgery to have, and I wanted the best procedure that was fit for my eyes.
Did you have any concerns with the SMILE vision correction procedure because it was new to the United States?
I was a little hesitant at first, but the team at DLI really made me comfortable and shared the results of their own study and just how many procedures Dr. Dishler had already done. They also let me know other countries that this was approved in and had been performed for numerous years already. This was comforting to me know to know that Dr. Dishler knew the long term affects as the procedure was already being completed elsewhere.
Since I was going out of the country so soon after surgery I was hesitant, but this procedure was actually the best for me to travel so shortly after and the country I was visiting had been performing this surgery for a few years already so I knew if I had any issues, I’d be in good hands. After learning all of this, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else but Dr. Dishler for this procedure.
He was very informative and patient with my questions and really reassured me this was the best option for me. Plus – he was the first surgeon to offer LASIK in Colorado and now doing the same for SMILE. He’s the best around and uses nothing but cutting-edge technology. It was very comforting to me that he was the Doctor that the FDA trial used to approve SMILE so I knew he was very knowledgeable and skilled on this procedure, even though it was ‘new’. He came very highly recommended, which to me, speaks volumes about his practice.
How was your vision experience and do you have any recommendations for those considering SMILE laser vision correction?
My entire experience, from consultation to recovery, was amazing. I was nervous and scared but knew I was in excellent care. The team was there for me throughout the entire procedure and one kind woman even held my hand during the actual surgery. I honestly didn’t feel a thing except a slight pressure when the Dr pulled out the lenticule. It was completely, 100% painless. I couldn’t believe it! And it was so short – I was in the operating room for maybe 15 minutes. My eye sight was immediately improved, just slightly fuzzy. I was amazed and so excited to be done with glasses & contacts. There hasn’t been one day that I’ve experienced any eye pain or any discomfort. If you’re at all considering corrective eye surgery, check out SMILE and Dr. Dishler to see if you’re a candidate. I honestly couldn’t be happier; I only wish I could have done it sooner! It will literally change your life.
Tell us about your recovery?
Recovery was a piece of cake. I laid down when I got home for a few hours and rested my eyes. I was back to driving two days after surgery and literally never, ever had any pain or discomfort and I am a baby (just ask my husband)! I followed the Doctors after care directions and took my drops when instructed and had no issues. I had my surgery on May 9th and got on a plane for 17 hours on May 13th. I had no issues on the plane or any other climates. My eyes were a little dry but that was easily relieved with lubricating eye drops.
How has surgery changed your life?
I love being free from glasses or contacts. No more itchy eyes from contacts and things stuck in my eyes and irritating them due to contacts. I no longer need to carry a travel sized bottle of contact solution or wonder where my glasses are when I wake up in the morning. I just wake up and have perfect vision. It’s amazing. I see better at night and can drive more comfortably. Traveling is so much easier and much more comfortable. I can swim with no worries I’m going to irritate my contacts or lose one. Sunglasses are always on and I don’t need to worry about sun protection when I had my glasses on vs contacts! Life is just better and easier without that worry. I never realized how much of a distraction and pain in the butt managing my glasses and contacts was until I didn’t need to do it again. Life Changing.
Would you do it again?
In a heartbeat!
A HUGE Thank you to Dr. Dishler and his team of skilled individuals. It was an incredible, life changing day. Your staff is amazing and so caring and compassionate. Thank you for giving me back my vision.
Margaux Askeland -Aurora, CO.
Now, here’s the fun part – we want YOUR SMILE!
We’d love to educate you on the latest laser vision options and discuss your unique vision goals. Whether LASIK, SMILE or another vision correction option is best for you, we’re committed to helping you make a great decision for your life and vision goals.