Can SMILE Help Improve My Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common refractive error that impacts countless people each year. Though astigmatism is not serious, it can cause blurry or distorted vision at different distances. SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is a refractive surgery that reduces your dependency on prescription lenses.
Wang Vision Institute was the first center in Tennessee to offer SMILE for patients. Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics) is proud to bring this revolutionary new approach to vision correction. Call our Nashville eye center to learn about SMILE and how it works. We can manage astigmatism and other issues with precision laser technology.
How is astigmatism different from nearsightedness and farsightedness?
Astigmatism is a refractive error like nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). However, this condition causes problems with both near and far vision. People with astigmatism require special eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.
Astigmatism is usually diagnosed during childhood, but adults can also experience symptoms like:
- Blurry vision
- Headaches and eye strain
- Trouble seeing at night
- Needing to squint to see clearly
Can SMILE improve my astigmatism?
Yes! Dr. Wang is one of the most experienced vision correction professionals in the country, and we successfully perform the SMILE procedure on patients with different levels of astigmatism. Of course, an assessment is necessary to determine your candidacy first. Currently, our Nashville eye center accepts patients with:
- Mild-to-moderate astigmatism (up to 3.00 diopters)
- No history of serious eye health conditions
- A stable prescription for one year
How is SMILE performed?
SMILE involves the creation of a lenticule (a small disk-shaped piece) inside the eye. Through an ultra-small incision, Dr. Wang removes this disc and reshapes the cornea for improved vision. This refractive surgery is bladeless and considered painless, and you can return home the same day. SMILE takes only a few minutes to complete, but results last for years with proper care.
What are the benefits of SMILE for astigmatism?
SMILE offers several advantages over other types of laser vision correction. Some benefits include:
- Less invasive procedure: No large incisions are made with SMILE, so you heal faster and enjoy fewer risks.
- Fast recovery time: Most people return to normal activities within 1 – 2 days after SMILE because the procedure is so precise.
- Superior results: Studies have shown that SMILE delivers superior visual outcomes compared to other kinds of refractive surgery.
What results to expect from SMILE
Dr. Wang recommends returning home and sleeping right after SMILE. This reduces your risk of accidentally rubbing your eyes and damaging the healing tissue. Wang Vision Institute can prescribe eye drops to reduce redness and irritation.
Results from SMILE vary depending on the severity of your astigmatism and individual response. Most patients enjoy 20/20 or better vision within a short period. Some may continue to need glasses for certain activities like reading.
Ask about SMILE for astigmatism
Astigmatism may be a common problem, but it can still be frustrating to live with on a daily basis. Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics) is here to answer any questions about SMILE and how our Nashville eye center provides results. Call Wang Vision Institute for a consultation. Do not let astigmatism control your life – we can get you started on the path to better vision!