SMILE ReLEx

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SMILE ReLEx Vision Correction at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado

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What Can What Can SMILE® ReLEx® Correct?

The Eye Center of Northern Colorado is excited to announce that we have a new option for laser vision correction: SMILE® (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) ReLEx®. This procedure is designed for patients with nearsightedness (myopia) who have a desire to live life without glasses or contact lenses. SMILE is performed to alter the shape of the cornea so light entering the eyes can land more directly on the retina resulting in clear, sharp vision. Every eye is unique, so our SMILE process is completely customized for your vision challenges (not all vision centers offer this level of customization).

Note: SMILE is not performed on patients with farsightedness (hyperopia).

What Are The Steps of SMILE?

SMILE is a blade-free vision correction method that is gentle and quick (25 seconds for the laser portion of the procedure). Because there is no corneal flap created during the procedure, the structure and stability of the cornea is preserved. The incision heals naturally, without the need for stitches. Most patients can return to normal activities the day after the procedure and most will begin to see vision improvement in 1-2 days. There is a reduced need for retreatments and the possibility of reduced dry eye after SMILE.

Step 1

Anesthetic eye drops are administered to numb your eyes. A lid speculum is used to keep your eyes open.

Step 2

Your doctor creates a very tiny incision on your cornea using Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser technology.

Step 3

Using the same VisuMax laser, a tiny contact lens shaped piece of cornea (lenticule) is removed. This is where the corneal reshaping part occurs. The entire procedure is done in a single step, making it more comfortable for patients.

How Different Is SMILE From LASIK?

The SMILE incision is significantly smaller than a LASIK incision (approximately 20mm vs. 4mm). SMILE eliminates the need for a corneal flap, which is the first step in LASIK. This fact makes SMILE a good alternative for patients who have myopia, thin corneas and/or chronic dry eye. If you have been turned down for LASIK in the past, you owe it to yourself to find out if SMILE would be a safe and effective alternative to improve your vision.

To learn more about this technology and to find out if SMILE in Northern Colorado is right for you, schedule your FREE consultation today.

How Life Can Change After SMILE?

SMILE has provided many of our patients with clearer, crisper vision than they ever imagined. For those leading active lifestyles, the freedom of life without the hassle of contacts or glasses is greatly rewarding. Even waking up every morning with clear sight can be truly life-changing. Lastly, the ongoing expenses and hassles of buying contacts and new glasses may be eliminated by investing in the one-time cost of SMILE.

Call us today to schedule a free SMILE Consultation to see if you are a candidate.

Leading Vision Correction Technology

The Eye Center of Northern Colorado is the only vision correction provider in the region to offer multiple vision correction platforms on-site.

No two eyes are exactly the same. No singular vision correction technology can provide the very best outcomes for every unique set of eyes.

This gives our doctors the flexibility to select the right technology to correct your vision imperfections with greater accuracy and safety than ever before. The entire vision correction experience is customized from start to finish. We offer today’s most advanced, FDA-approved lasers for your procedure.

Why Choose us for SMILE Vision Correction?

The team at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado has performed over 50,000 refractive surgery procedures, helping thousands of people see more clearly. Our northern Colorado SMILE doctors are board-certified and fellowship-trained, so you can rest assured that you will be placing your eye health in good hands. We take time to fully research new technologies and implement the very best options for our patients. In fact, we are the only vision correction provider in northern Colorado to offer multiple vision correction platforms on-site. This allows us to select the right technology to correct your vision imperfections with greater accuracy and safety than ever before.

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Meet Our Doctors

Ophthalmologists at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado are fellowship-trained and offer care in many areas of specialty, medical, and surgical care.

Patient Testimonials

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If you have a baby with eye problems, this is the place to go and Dr. Patrick Arnold is the man to see. Our nine-month-old son has exotropia and today he had the surgery to help fix it. Everything went as perfectly as any parent sending their baby into surgery could possibly hope for. I’m mostly writing this review as a thank you to the nurses we worked with when we were in there.
Ashlie S.
Pediatrics Eye Care
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I do a lot of outdoor activities in Colorado and with the dry air, my contact lenses were almost unbearable at times. That led me to looking in having LASIK surgery. The process was smooth and convenient. Now I can enjoy my activities with clear vision and pain free.
Dr. David Sehr
LASIK Surgery
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Dr. Arnold has been our saving grace with our son. We were referred to him by our eye doctor in Cheyenne, WY when we could get to the bottom of why my son’s eye wasn’t healing from what we thought were scratches. He has taken such great care of our son. He is so patient and makes the young patients and their parents feel as ease. So thankful for him.
Jason R.
Pediatrics Eye Care
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As a radiologist, my career depends on my vision. I had always wanted to rid myself of my glasses but was hesitant to take the plunge. After several of my partners had the procedure done and reported great results, I had my LASIK done with Dr. Robinson. After wearing glasses for 35 years, it is wonderful to be able to see the world without them.
Bruce Berkowitz, MD
LASIK Surgery

FAQs -  Laser Vision Correction

Modern Laser Vision Correction technologies can correct astigmatism for most patients. A complete Laser Vision Correction exam is required to let you know for sure if Laser Vision Correction will work for you.

Laser Vision Correction is virtually painless for most patients. Your eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops before the procedure. Some patients feel a pressure sensation during the procedure.

Not everyone is a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction, but there may be other procedures that can be performed to enhance your vision. Our team can discuss those options in depth so you can decide what procedure might meet your vision goals.

Risks of Laser Vision Correction surgery include but are not limited to glare, halos, dry eye, vision loss, under-correction, over-correction, need for glasses after surgery, and infection. During your consultation, your surgeon can talk in depth about the risks associated with laser vision correction.

Most people are able to resume their normal activities the next day following the procedure.
Laser Vision Correction is a permanent vision correction. However, you can still experience other changes in your vision over time. For example, presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) affects most people over age 40, regardless of how clear your vision has been in the past.
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