SMILE ReLEx

SMILE® ReLEx® Vision Correction

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).

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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.

This is what to expect during your SMILE procedure:

  • Anesthetic eye drops are administered to numb your eyes.
  • A lid speculum is used to keep your eyes open.
  • Your doctor creates a very tiny incision on your cornea using Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser technology.
  • 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.

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.

How SMILE is Different 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.

Why Choose Us for SMILE?

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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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.

SMILE Risks

Like any other surgical procedure, certain risks are involved. SMILE complications may include nighttime halos or glare, infection, inflammation or debris from the corneal disc. It is important that you only undergo SMILE if you are completely qualified for the surgery. This is why it is important to determine if you are a SMILE candidate and to find a trusted and experienced SMILE surgeon to provide you with the best eye care possible.

To learn more about SMILE or to schedule your free SMILE Consultation, contact the Eye Center of Northern Colorado today. You can also take our free online Self-Evaluation to see if you might be a good candidate for this procedure.

Our Locations


Fort Collins at Prospect

1725 E. Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Fort Collins at Precision Center

3151 Precision Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80528

Loveland at Skyline

2555 E. 13th St. Suite 225
Loveland, CO 80537

Loveland at Centerra

6125 Sky Pond Dr.
Loveland, CO 80538

Greeley at Fox Run

1701 61st Ave
Greeley, CO 80634

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