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Dr. Choi is the first and only surgeon in Alabama with this cutting-edge technology.

What Is SMILENext evolution


What is SMILE?

It stands for SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction.  It is a flapless procedure.  Why is this important?  Flap complication issue is almost non-existent with SMILE unlike LASIK.  It also means that stronger prescriptions can now be safely treated.  SMILE now makes laser vision correction available to patients who were not LASIK candidates. 

How is SMILE different from LASIK?
Both SMILE and LASIK are forms of laser vision correction (LVC) where the shape of the cornea (clear dome over the color portion of the eye) is altered.  Think of your cornea as a book, with LASIK the book is opened to about page 110, pages are removed, and then the book is closed.  With SMILE, the pages are removed without opening the book.
Is SMILE better than LASIK?

LASIK and SMILE complement each other.  Some patient will still be better served with LASIK, while others will do better with SMILE.  No question offering both surgeries provide our patients the very best in LVC.

Why are other surgeon’s not offering SMILE?

A femtosecond laser is used to make a LASIK flap or a SMILE procedure.  However, only the Zeiss Visumax is accurate enough to perform SMILE.  It is the only FDA-approved femtosecond laser for SMILE.  But, other femtosecond lasers can still be used for LASIK.  This begs the question, why use a less accurate femtosecond laser for LASIK then?  We feel whether it is SMILE or LASIK, the very best femtosecond laser should be used.  Dr. Choi is currently the only surgeon who owns Zeiss Visumax in Alabama.

ReLEx /FLExanother name for SMILE


Are they different?
No.  ReLEx and FLEx are the same procedure.  SMILE is the most popular name.
Is any other surgeon performing ReLEx or FLEx?

Again, no.  Since ReLEx and FLEx are the same procedure as SMILE, Dr. Choi is the only surgeon performing it in Alabama, and only a handful in the entire Southeast region.

Real Results From Real People...

 
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I kept weighing the price of the surgery with the cost of my contact lenses and thought I was saving money. When I finally had laser correction surgery done I could see things I had never even noticed before. Not only did my vision improve but my life improved as well.

My only regret is that I wish I had done it sooner, I think of all
of these things I may have missed over the years.
Cynthia San Francisco, CA