If you haven’t yet heard of SMILE eye surgery, perhaps that’s because it’s among the newest laser eye surgery options in St. Louis. SMILE is an acronym for “small incision lenticule extraction,” and is a form of laser eye surgery used to treat myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. It’s an alternative to LASIK, and St. Louis was the first city in the U.S. to debut it, thanks to Dr. Jason Brinton at Brinton Vision.
SMILE combines the advantages of ASA (sometimes called PRK) and LASIK, plus it is minimally invasive and is considered to be a flapless procedure. The entire process is done by a single femtosecond laser — the same laser used in SBK. Because there is no flap, there are no flap-related complications, including dry eye experienced by patients who have other procedures.
SMILE is a great LASIK alternative when it is performed by a skilled refractive surgeon on patients who are thoroughly screened for candidacy. At Brinton Vision, SMILE has been very successful, and has given our patients a lot to smile about, including:
SMILE eye surgery received FDA approval in the United States in late 2016, and Dr. Brinton is proud to be the first U.S. surgeon to perform SMILE after FDA approval. But it isn’t without plenty of research. In fact, SMILE has been used across Europe, Asia, and Australia for years, beginning in 2008, and has been refined ever since.
2) It’s minimally invasive.
In several refractive procedures, including LASIK, the rounded surface of the cornea is reshaped using laser technology. In SMILE, a segment of the cornea, called a lenticule, is removed through a tiny 3 mm keyhole opening, creating a more regular surface.
3) It’s an option for many people who don’t qualify for LASIK.
LASIK in St. Louis is typically a safe and effective option, but it isn’t for everyone. For example, if you have dry eye or ocular surface disease, you may have been told you have no options. If you’be been told you can’t get LASIK in St. Louis (or anywhere else, for that matter), you may now be a candidate for SMILE eye surgery, and a comprehensive Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis will determine if that’s the case.
A growing number of peer-reviewed studies show that there is no significant difference in safety or effectiveness between SMILE laser surgery and LASIK eye surgery.
5) One and done!
Unlike LASIK, which uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap, then an excimer laser to reshape the surface of the cornea, the entire SMILE procedure requires only one laser. Better yet, it uses the quietest of the two lasers — the femtosecond laser — which means less stress for patients who feel anxious.
Of course, as with any medical procedure, there are risks, and SMILE is no exception. These can be minimized through proper evaluation to make sure that each patient truly is an ideal candidate. At Brinton Vision, you will never feel rushed into a procedure, and Dr. Brinton will be honest with you about your options.
Dr. Brinton is a world-renowned refractive surgeon and the only refractive surgery specialist who focuses solely on LASIK in St. Louis, plus all six modern variations. Brinton Vision is one of only a handful of LASIK surgery providers in the country to utilize seven state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies under one roof. We can tell you what will work for you, and we are candid about what will not be helpful.
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St. Louis LASIK surgeon Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been inducted to America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, and Top Doctors in America by Castle Connolly. In 2015, he received global recognition as the recipient of the Visian ICL Young Ophthalmologist Award in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2016 was named Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery. He is a dedicated husband, father of four beautiful children, and is passionate about his life, his work, and service to others.