Those patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness (myopia -0.5 to -10D) with or without astigmatism (0 to +5D) can now benefit from this bladeless, flapless and gentle refractive procedure. We only use one laser for the process from start to finish.
Clearview Institute is at the forefront of this minimally invasive and flapless SMILE technology. As our patient, we can assure you that we will tailor the right visual solution for you. It is easy to find out for sure if you are a good candidate by contacting Clearview Institute.
ReLEx SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is a form of laser vision correction used to treat myopia and astigmatism. The surgeon uses the Visumax laser to create a small corneal key-hole incision and a lenticule in the exact shape required to correct your vision. This lenticule is then removed by the surgeon. It is a minimally invasive option for laser vision correction and can be a better option for those with pre-existing dry eye
Both cost between $2,000 and $3,000 on average per eye
Within the first 24 hours after surgery, patients experience a large improvement to their vision compared to pre-surgery without corrective lenses. As the eye heals, the vision continues to improve. Most people are functioning well during this healing process. It can take up to 3 months to fully stablize. You may experience some initial dryness after surgery.
It takes less than 10 minutes
Both LASIK and SMILE are excellent procedures. It is highly dependent on each person's cornea and their visual needs as to which procedure is best for them. Both treatments are highly effective in treating refractive error to help you see better. LASIK has a successful long history of precisely correcting a person's vision with fast recovery. Recently, SMILE has gained worldwide popularity due to its minimally invasive nature, precision, stability and lesser period of post-op dry eye.
Yes, SMILE is effective at treating a range of astigmatism
Both procedures are precise laser techniques that reshape the front part of your eye called the cornea in order to correct your vision. With femtosecond LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis), the surgeon creates a hinged flap, lifts the flap, uses a laser to reshape the cornea, then the flap is placed back onto the corneal bed. With ReLEx SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction), the surgeon uses the Visumax laser to create a small corneal key-hole incision and a lenticule with the exact shape required to correct your vision. This lenticule is then removed by the surgeon to reshape the cornea to correct your vision.
Yes, both SMILE and LASIK are safe and have similarly low risk profiles.
Any surgical procedure has risks. With SMILE, there is a very low risk of infection, inflammation, glare and halos around lights initially after surgery, debris where the corneal disc was removed, dryness for the first few months after surgery.
Both are safe with minimal risks and a high rate of success.
Each insurance company is different. You can inquire directly with your insurance company to see if your plan provides coverage
Dear Dr. Kranemann, Many thanks in the nice, smooth and trouble free cataract surgery you carried out on both my eyes at Clearview Institute. I would like also to extend my thanks to all the staff of clearview. They are efficient, kind hearted and very helpful.
Dr. Kranemann is exceptionally intelligent and experienced. He is passionate about achieving perfect results for his patients, and proved it by correcting my father’s vision perfectly. We are very happy and grateful and highly recommend Dr. Kranemann.
Had the new vision correction procedure SMILE. WOW is all I can say. Life without glasses is amazing. Great surgeon and medical staff. Will refer his expertise on to family and friends.