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SMILE or LASIK? See Which Laser Vision Correction is Best for You Now!

It is a sure thing that every person sporting full-rim glasses has once considered or is considering laser vision correction. Imagine getting up and being able to see the whole world... it's wonderful! However, many people wonder which laser vision correction is best for them. What is the difference between SMILE and LASIK?


SMILE

Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (“SMILE”) is performed by cutting through the middle portion of the cornea with the femtosecond laser. The thin tissue within the cornea could be separated and extracted through the tiny incision (2-4 mm) to alter the corneal curvature to achieve the effect of vision correction (i.e. reducing the conditions in myopia and astigmatism).


LASIK

LASIK requires a thin slice of the cornea (corneal flap) using the femtosecond laser. The excimer laser is then used to grind the inner layer of the cornea beneath the flap to improve the curvature of the cornea and correct the vision.

SMILE VS LASIK

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SMILE

 

LASIK

Target group

For people with myopia up to 1000 degrees and astigmatism up   to 500 degrees

Not suitable for hyperopia

For people with myopia up to 1,500 degrees and astigmatism up   to 600 degrees

Incision

2 – 4 mm

About 20 mm

Surgery time

About 5 min

About 20 min

Principle

Cutting the cornea

Grinding the cornea

Surgical accuracy

Very high

High

Healing time for cornea

Few days

A few weeks to months

Likelihood of corneal flap displacement

No

Yes

Corneal strength change after surgery

Mild

Normal

Chance   of bacterial infection

Very low

Low

Dry   eyes condition after surgery

Mild

Normal

Water sports

Few days later

1 month

Vigorous exercise

Few days later

1 month later

Others

No smell

Slightly burnt smell

SMILE – Regaining your vision in a flash

In summary, SMILE is superior to LASIK in terms of surgery, recovery time and safety. EC EYE is offering a Christmas surprise offer! Book your appointment or contact us today to learn more about SMILE!



Source: EC EYE

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