The ZEISS SMILE® Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
What will happen during your ZEISS SMILE eye correction procedure?
Do you want to improve your eyesight and reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses or contact lenses? ZEISS SMILE may be a solution for you! Learn here how the surgery procedure is performed and how ZEISS SMILE can improve your vision.
What is ZEISS SMILE?
The ZEISS SMILE procedure is an advanced technology in laser eye surgery. Millions of people across the world have already benefited from the high-precision ZEISS SMILE laser eye surgery. Find out more about this advanced procedure here.
Step by step through the ZEISS SMILE surgery procedure
What to expect during your surgery
These are the typical steps a patient can expect when undergoing a ZEISS SMILE laser eye surgery. Your doctor will also explain these steps to you and answer any additional questions you may have.
Preparing you for the ZEISS SMILE procedure
Before starting the procedure, your eye is numbed using anesthetic drops. To keep your eye open during surgery, an eyelid holder is fitted, and a contact glass is placed on your eye. The suction of this tool will keep your eye still. You may experience some slight pressure.
Reshaping your cornea with the ZEISS SMILE laser system
Using the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser, in less than 30 seconds, the laser creates a small disc of corneal tissue (called a lenticule) and a small opening of 4 - 6 mm. The size and shape of this lenticule is very specific to your refractive error.
Preparing to remove the lenticule
The lenticule is then removed through the small opening created by the laser.
Correcting your vision to make you smile!
The removal of the lenticule will change the shape of the cornea, thereby correcting your vision. The small opening will seal itself as your eye heals.
Healing and Recovery
Before and after the surgery, your doctor will advise you on when it is appropriate and safe to resume any specific activities. Some patients can return to many of their regular activities of daily living as soon as the day following the procedure. However, you should avoid risky activities like contact sports or being in dusty or smoky environments until the doctor gives you the ok.
Smiling ZEISS SMILE Patients
Millions of people worldwide have had a ZEISS SMILE laser eye correction. Hear from them directly, what they thought:
“My ZEISS SMILE procedure felt like a breeze. Before I knew it, both eyes were done! My downtime felt like no time!”
“I want to thank my surgeon for helping me get out of glasses and contacts, which I've been wearing since being 10 years old. The ZEISS SMILE surgery offered me a fast visual recovery. I am a professional fighter, so being able to see is a huge advantage for me.”
Find a ZEISS SMILE clinic near you!
Eye clinics offering the ZEISS SMILE procedure
Not all eye clinics in the US offer ZEISS SMILE technology. In fact, while many laser eye correction clinics and eye laser chains in the US will offer a seemingly good price for laser eye surgery, they may not be using the technology required for the ZEISS SMILE procedure. To make it easy for you to find a clinic offering ZEISS’ technology near you, have a look at our ZEISS SMILE Clinic Finder.