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SMILE in Elmhurst, Naperville, South Barrington, IL

SMILE is the most advanced laser vision correction. It provides LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally invasive procedure that is bladeless, flapless, and effortless.

What is SMILE?

SMILE is the most advanced laser vision correction for people with myopia (nearsightedness), with or without astigmatism, providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally invasive procedure, that is bladeless, flapless, and effortless.

SMILE is an acronym that stands for “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.” Simply put, a laser is used to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening, through which the layer is removed.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Your surgeon will only need to make a small, precise opening to correct your vision.

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Quick and Proven

SMILE only takes a few minutes to complete from start to finish. With over 5 million SMILE procedures performed worldwide; SMILE is quickly becoming the new standard in laser vision correction.

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Rapid Visual Recovery

Vision recovers quickly after SMILE. Most patients return to normal activities the following day.

Eye Comfort

You may experience minimal to no discomfort during and after the procedure.

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Freedom from Lenses

SMILE is designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts.

How does SMILE Vision Correction Work?

A lenticule is created inside the intact cornea and extracted through a small incision. Because there is no flap, there are no flap-related complications.  SMILE is a game-changing procedure for laser vision correction that goes beyond PRK and LASIK and redefines refractive surgery.

This procedure is perfect for people who suffer from nearsightedness with astigmatism but may not qualify for traditional LASIK. SMILE is a LASIK-like procedure available to improve their vision with all the benefits of traditional LASIK.

Kovach Eye utilizes our top-tier surgeons, cutting-edge technology, and a personalized custom approach tailored specifically to you! Ask about SMILE today!

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SMILE Technology

SMILE uses the ZEISS VisuMax® FemtoSecond Laser, the first and only laser approved to do SMILE.

With SMILE, a lenticule is created inside the intact cornea. The side cut through which the lenticule is removed is between less than 4 mm and up to 6 mm in length, reflecting an approximately 80% smaller incision in the cornea than with a LASIK flap.

SMILE from ZEISS enables the first Small Incision Lenticule Extraction procedure for minimally invasive laser vision correction. It offers a potentially lower incidence of transient dry eye syndrome. Only a small incision of 2 mm is sufficient, meaning that most of the upper corneal layers remains untouched. The lamellar incision area is roughly 1/3 smaller than compared to LASIK treatment.

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SMILE Beyond LASIK!

Our dedicated team of skilled surgeons has one common goal – to provide a personalized experience to fit your lifestyle.

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Recent Google Reviews

Dr. Kovach and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. I won’t trust anyone else with the health of my eyes and the quality of my vision. You should prepare to be in his office 1-2 hours because thoroughness takes time. He gives each patient the same courtesy of time. You won’t be disappointed if you trust his expertise.

Kovach Eye Institute in Naperville is a phenomenal place if you need an Eye Care specialist. Dr. Mateen K. AliNiazee has given me the gift of sight. He is a true professional and thorough and really cares for his patients. I am so very thankful to him and ALL of his outstanding staff. I also visited the Elmhurst and South Barrington locations and great service at each.

SMILE FAQs

SMILE is an acronym that stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. SMILE is an innovative and minimally-invasive type of vision correction using a FemtoSecond laser. With SMILE, the surgeon uses the latest laser technology to create a thin contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye. Then the surgeon removes that layer through a small opening, also made by the laser, thus reshaping the eye.

We use the ZEISS VisuMax® Femtosecond laser as it is the first and only laser approved to do SMILE. With SMILE, a lenticule is created inside the intact cornea. The side cut through which the lenticule is removed is between less than 4 mm and up to 6 mm in length, reflecting an approximately 80% smaller incision in the cornea than with a  LASIK flap.

The FDA approval of SMILE came in September 2016 and in October 2018 indications were expanded to include correction of astigmatism. Since its first introduction in 2011, there have been over 5,000,000 SMILE procedures done worldwide, in 80 countries by over 2,500 surgeons.

As with all vision correction options, there is a degree of risk. SMILE is a safe and proven method of vision correction with over 5,000,000 procedures, and counting, done worldwide. With SMILE, there is no flap and so there are no flap complications.

Patients are usually able to resume normal activities the next day with SMILE, and since there is no flap, patients can wear makeup, exercise and go swimming typically within one week of the procedure. Visually, most patients can take a few days to realize clearer vision. Additionally, at Kovach Eye Institute, we prioritize patient experience. Most patients are extremely comfortable during and after the procedure with less reports of itching, scratchiness, and burning than you might hear after LASIK.

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