LASIK and SMILE are both laser vision correction procedures that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They are both considered safe and effective, but there are some key differences between the two procedures that may make one a better option for a particular patient.
LASIK is a more traditional laser vision correction procedure that involves creating a flap in the cornea and then using a laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. SMILE is a newer procedure that does not involve creating a flap. Instead, it uses a laser to create a small incision in the cornea and then uses a suction device to remove a small lenticule of corneal tissue.
There are several advantages to LASIK. It is a more established procedure with a longer track record of success. It is also typically less expensive than SMILE. However, LASIK has a slightly higher risk of side effects, such as dry eyes and glare.
SMILE has several advantages over LASIK. It is a less invasive procedure with a lower risk of side effects. It is also typically faster and more comfortable than LASIK. However, SMILE is a newer procedure with a shorter track record of success. It is also typically more expensive than LASIK.
Ultimately, the best laser vision correction procedure for a 22 year old young man whose refraction is stable and cornea within normal limits is the one that is right for him. He should discuss his individual needs and preferences with his eye doctor to determine which procedure is the best option for him.
Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between LASIK and SMILE:
|Invasiveness||More invasive||Less invasive|
|Risk of side effects||Higher||Lower|
|Comfort||Less comfortable||More comfortable|
|Cost||Typically less expensive||Typically more expensive|
|Track record of success||Longer||Shorter|
As you may note from the table SMILE is much better for consumers. The surgeon has to be more skilled and use advanced equipment. In our practice to make it easy for patients, we have lowered price of SMILE to match that LASIK. The best part is our success rate of SMILE is comparable to that of LASIK.
It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to talk to your eye doctor.