Who Is a Good Candidate for SMILE?
If you have an active lifestyle or job, SMILE may be a better option for you than LASIK or similar procedures. This is because SMILE does not involve cutting a flap in your cornea like LASIK. If you are highly active, you could accidentally dislodge a corneal flap, causing problems.
To have SMILE, you need to meet certain requirements. Here are some of them:
- You should be 22 years or older.
- Your eye prescription should not have changed in the last year.
- You should have nearsightedness between -1 and -8 diopters with minimal astigmatism.
- Your corneas need to be healthy, and your overall eye health must be generally good.
- You need to have realistic expectations about what SMILE can and cannot do for you.
Some people are not candidates for SMILE. They include people with:
- an unstable (changing) refractive error
- skin or other disease that can affect healing
- excessive scarring or keyloid formation
- cornea abrasions or disease
- advanced glaucoma
- a cataract affecting vision
- uncontrolled diabetes
- a history of eye disease or eye surgery
- history of certain eye infections
- or who are pregnant or nursing
Your ophthalmologist can talk with you about other conditions that may keep you from having SMILE.
To determine whether you are a candidate for SMILE, your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes. Here’s what he or she will do: