FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is SMILE Safe for specs removal?

Yes. SMILE is one of the safest procedures for Vision correction. It is also a US-FDA approved procedure.

What are the risks of SMILE Procedure?

Like every operation, SMILE also has some slim chances of developing complications. The following are the common problems that might occur.

  • Halos and glares around lights especially in the night.
  • Debris might get deposited in the area from where the corneal disc was removed.
  • Inflammation in the treated area.

Also, sometimes, if the procedure might overcorrect or undercorrect your vision. However, these issues can be solved with a prescription of glasses ad contact lenses.

How To Know If You Are Fit for SMILE?

To avail SMILE,

  • You should be more than 18 years old.
  • Your eye prescription should not change in the last one year.
  • Your nearsightedness should be between -1 and -10 and astigmatism must be up to 3 diopters.
  • Your corneas should be healthy and your eye condition should be good.
  • Women should not be pregnant or breastfeeding while availing this procedure.

After fulfilling all the above procedure, you have to undergo a host of different tests, which help your eye surgeon to decide whether you are an eligible candidate for the procedure.

What Is The Recovery Time After Laser Procedure?

Recovery time for SMILE procedure is fast. Almost every patient experience 100% visual improvements after just 1 week of the procedure. You can also do activities like swimming and play any contact sports after 1 week of the SMILE procedure.

For other procedures, like LASIK and Contura Vision, the recovery is gradual. It takes more than 10 days to recover.

Is SMILE Surgery Complete Painless?

Yes. The surgeon use only numbing drops to make the whole procedure painless.

What Happens in the Tests Before SMILE?
  • The doctors check your vision to make sure that it has not changed. This test also helps them to determine whether SMILE can be performed to correct your vision.
  • The doctors check for other optical problems. Before doing anything, the opthalmologist wants to make sure that you are not suffering from any eye problems. It also helps the doctors to understand whether SMILE could make other problems worse.
  • The ophthalmologist measures and maps the corneal surface and checks its thickness.
  • Measure the pupil size.
How many Days Leave Should I Apply for The Procedure?

Need to rest for 24 hours once the procedure is over. You need to stay indoors for the next day of the procedure. After that, depending on the individual requirements, you will need rest for 2-3 days to recover completely.

What Are The Precautions You Should Take Before SMILE?

You should not wear soft lenses 3-4 days before the evaluation tests as well as the procedure. Talk to your doctor to know if you should take any special precautions before the procedure.

What Are the Precautions You Need to Take After SMILE?
  • Waer sunglasses after the surgery.
  • Do not wear cosmetic contact lenses for at least a month post SMILE.
  • Avoid heavy reading or and excessive usage of computer, mobile phones or other gadgets.
  • Do not operate heavy machinery and drive your car until your doctor says so.
  • Avoid getting dust and smoke in your eyes.
  • Avoid traveling in an aeroplane for at least one week after the surgery.
  • Don’t use eye makeup for at least a week after the operation.
  • Make sure tap water does not get into your eyes.
  • Don’t rub your eyes. If necessary wear protective goggles to avoid unconscious rubbing.
  • Use a headband while exercising so that your sweat does not trickle into your eyes. Talk to your doctor before playing any contact games.
  • Strictly follow the medicinal instructions given by your doctor. Follow your doctor's orders word by word to quicken the recovery process.
Will Smile Help Me Get Rid of the Spectacles?

Most patients get rid of the glasses or the contact lenses after this procedure.

What If I am Unfit for SMILE?

About 99% of patients are a perfect fit for this procedure. However, if your doctors find you unfit, then they can suggest other options like ICL.

Is Smile a Flapless Surgery?

Yes. Unlike LASIK and Contura Vision, SMILE is entirely flapless. That’s why the recovery period of this procedure is faster than any other procedures.

Can I Wear Sunglasses and Cosmetic Contact Lenses?

You can wear sunglasses immediately after the procedure. However, you should ask your doctor before wearing cosmetic contact lenses.

Can I Wear Eye Makeup?

Don’t use eye makeup for at least a week after the operation. Better ask your doctor before using cosmetics.

Can I Take a Head Massage After SMILE?

You can avail mild to moderate massages. However, you should take the permission of your doctor before indulging in anything like that.

Can I do Gymming, Jogging, or Swimming?

Ys, all of these can be done after a certain time. Ask your doctor to know if it's alright for you to start all these activities.

Can I Go Blind?

No. Till date, nobody has gone completely blind after SMILE.

Do the Doctors Themselves Prefer SMILE?

Yes, As this procedure is flapless, the risk factors of SMILE is way less than other procedures like LASIK and Contoura Vision. That’s why the doctors prefer SMILE the most.

Can I Drive Home After SMILE?

Your vision will remain slightly blurry right after the procedure. It is better to bring a friend or family member to take you back to the home.

How Many Follow-Ups are Required?

You need to follow up 1-2 days after the surgery. After that, the doctor decides the frequency of the follow up depending on individual conditions.

Should I Inform Doctors About SMILE if I need to go through another eye procedure?

Before undergoing another eye procedure, you must inform your doctors about the SMILE procedure.

What Is The Age Milit for SMILE?

The minimum age is 18 years. There is no upper age limit for the procedure.

Can I again get Specs Later in My Life?

After going through SMILE, your eyes become normal. That means, it can develop many conditions that a normal eye can. So, if you have SMILE at an early age, you can get glasses when you are about 5o years.