SMILE-The Newest Addition to our Laser Vision Correction Program
We Want to give you something to SMILE about. And it is here!
The latest laser vision correction from ZEISS may be your ticket to clear vision.
Exclusively available in Colorado only at at Dishler Laser Institute.
Can you imagine the freedom?
We were the FIRST in the USA to perform this procedure pre-and post FDA approval!
What Is SMILE?
SMILE is an acronym that is short for Small Incision Lenticular Extraction.
SMILE is the latest option in laser vision correction to correct nearsightedness (myopia), providing LASIK – like outcomes.
SMILE is a minimally invasive approach using a femtosecond laser to correct
vision with the creation then removal of a tiny piece of tissue from within the cornea.
It is safe, effective, patients enjoy a quick recovery, and gives the benefits of LASIK without the flap.
Thank you note from a SMILE Patient-
This newly approved FDA procedure is only possible with the Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser.
Why is this fact important?
Dr. Dishler was instrumental in the development and approval of ReLEx SMILE in the U.S.A and the first surgeon in North America to use the Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond laser.
In 2012, Dr. Dishler became the medical monitor for the FDA clinical trial for ReLEx SMILE and since then he has helped guide this innovative procedure to FDA approval on September 13, 2016. He is a true pioneer in his field and has a strong commitment to his patients. This makes Dr. Dishler the first and most experienced surgeon in the U.S.A. (Jan. 2007) and all of North America to acquire and help develop Zeiss VisuMax technology!
Dr. Dishler is a World Renown Laser Refractive Surgeon in Denver, Colorado and brings not only excellent surgical skills, but is also truly vested in bringing new technologies to the field of refractive surgery.
Click here to read our press release about Dr. Dishler’s experience with the innovative SMILE procedure to correct myopia.
SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for nearsightedness (myopia).
The procedure is quick and proven.
Laser Vision Correction Comparison and Treatment Options
Talk to your doctor about which Laser Vision Correction option will be best for your unique eyes and vision goals.
An appointment for a consultation will help determine which solution is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is the best candidate for SMILE?
A: Most everyone who is a candidate for LASIK would also be a candidate for SMILE within the approved range of correction
Q: What are the potential additional benefits of SMILE?
A: Although not proven in the US FDA study, there are less nerve endings severed in SMILE vs LASIK and this can translate into less dry eye symptoms and more rapid recovery
Q: What are the benefits of not having a “flap”?
A: The structure of the eye is more maintained so it is likely stronger against traumatic injury, of particular interest to some occupations and sports interests. The risks in LASIK of flap dislocation are eliminated as well. There is some evidence that the cornea remains stronger and this could mitigate against risks such as ectasia but this is yet to be proven conclusively.
Q: What is the long term results with SMILE?
A: The US FDA study only followed patients for 1 year, but the results were extremely stable over this time period. International results have demonstrated stability for longer periods of time. It is reasonable to assume the stability over time would be at least as good as LASIK.
Q: How is the eye shaped in SMILE compared with LASIK?
A: Both procedures are based on the same mathematical model to change the corneal shape known as Munnerlyn’s Formula. The difference is that LASIK becomes slightly less accurate at higher amounts of corrections whereas SMILE has consistent high accuracy of treatment.
Q: Do SMILE patients sometimes achieve better than 20/20 vision?
A: Yes, quite a number of the study subjects had uncorrected vision less than 20/20 but a few had slightly worse vision than 20/20. Overall the results were comparable or better than LASIK studies.
Q: Is the recovery period shorter than LASIK?
A: Yes, there is no need for goggles at night during the healing after SMILE, and typically there is less limitation on activities as compared to LASIK
Q: SMILE is new to the US, how often has it been performed worldwide.
A: There are over 100 sites internationally, including Canada where SMILE is approved and close to half a million procedures have been performed worldwide. It has gained tremendous acceptance in many locations.
Q: What is the future improvements planned for SMILE?
A: Currently SMILE is only approved for nearsightedness, and it is best for patients who wear soft non astigmatism correcting contact lenses or glasses with minimal astigmatic correction. There is an ongoing study to also be able to correct astigmatism and hopefully this will also be approved within the next year.
Q: I have other questions, what should I do?
A: You should start with having an examination to find out if you are a candidate for SMILE, and get your questions answered by an expert. There were five study sites throughout the United States and these would be your best option to get your questions answered. We expect that within a year there will be approximately 100 sites in the US offering SMILE, so stay tuned!