What is ZEISS SMILE® laser eye surgery?
The facts about ZEISS SMILE
ZEISS SMILE is an advanced laser eye surgery procedure. Using the ZEISS femtosecond laser, your surgeon can now correct myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism in a minimally invasive, flapless, and bladeless procedure. ZEISS SMILE aims to eliminate or reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses!
Why choose ZEISS SMILE as your corrective eye surgery?
For most patients, once you are on the treatment table and prepared, the whole procedure on average takes 10 to 20 minutes per eye in total, including the removal of the lenticule. Your vision should stabilize within a few weeks after your ZEISS SMILE procedure.
What happens during the ZEISS SMILE procedure?
The three simple steps to correct your vision
The laser portion takes less than 30 seconds and for most patients, once you are on the treatment table, the whole procedure, including the removal of the corneal tissue, generally takes 10 to 20 minutes in total. Before the procedure, the doctor will numb your eye with numbing drops and may offer you a mild sedative to help you relax throughout the procedure, ensuring your comfort. During the surgery, the ZEISS SMILE laser system corrects your refractive error by changing the shape of the cornea. This process reshapes your cornea by creating a contact lens shaped layer called a lenticule. The lenticule is removed through a small opening.
Is ZEISS SMILE right for me?
ZEISS SMILE is FDA approved and is a high-precision, flapless procedure that can correct myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism. If you are at least 22 years of age, have stable prescription which has changed no more than 0.50 diopters in the year before the surgery and have healthy eyes free from retinal problems like corneal scars or eye disease, and are currently not pregnant or nursing, you may be eligible for ZEISS SMILE laser eye correction. However, always talk to your eye doctor who will do a personalized vision and medical assessment to determine if ZEISS SMILE is the right procedure for you.
ZEISS SMILE is approved by the U.S. Military
All four main branches of the United States Armed Forces have approved ZEISS SMILE as an acceptable form of laser vision correction for eligible candidates. This includes qualifying personnel within the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force, where a speedy recovery and reliable results are mandatory throughout all types of jobs and occupations. Please consult your military superior as well as your eye doctor to find out if you personally qualify for ZEISS SMILE.
Astigmatism and ZEISS SMILE
Astigmatism is a very common condition, leading to blurred vision that can cause headaches and eye strain. Astigmatism oftentimes comes together with other vision imparities such as far- or nearsightedness. Talk to your doctor to learn if ZEISS SMILE applies in your case.
ZEISS SMILE facts & figures
Did you know that …
ZEISS SMILE has successfully treated over 6 million eyes worldwide. As an FDA approved laser eye treatment, ZEISS SMILE might also be an option for you!
Carl Zeiss has over 175 years of leadership innovation and is a pioneer in high-precision optics. Today, ZEISS produces award winning medical technologies, laser systems, precision lenses, eyeglasses, and scientific optical systems.
The laser part of the ZEISS SMILE operation takes less than 30 seconds. For most patients, once you are on the treatment table and prepared, for most patients the whole procedure on average takes 10 to 20 minutes per eye in total, including the removal of the lenticule.
Hear what actual patients are saying about ZEISS SMILE
“I had the SMILE procedure after having terrible vision for over 20 years and I couldn't be more satisfied with the results.”
Find a ZEISS SMILE clinic near you!
Eye clinics offering the ZEISS SMILE procedure
To find out more about ZEISS SMILE and your personal suitability, don’t hesitate to talk to an eye doctor that offers ZEISS SMILE. While many laser eye correction clinics and chains in the U.S. will offer a seemingly good price of laser eye surgery, they are not using the advanced ZEISS SMILE procedure. To find a clinic offering ZEISSS SMILE near you, have a look at our clinic finder.