What is Smile Eye Surgery?

According to our specialist in SMILE Eye Surgery Dr. Shweta Jain through a SMILE eye surgery procedure, the eye specialists first apply eye drops to anesthetize the eye. A speculum is then precisely placed on the lids to keep the eye open and to stop blinking. Using high-level femtosecond technology- the surgeon then builds a precise lenticular which is a thin and circular piece of tissue. The surgeon then separates the lenticular through the tiny incision that was built in the eye. After using the laser, the patient will be permitted to recover for a few minutes before the eye doctor returns and checks the eye. Also, enables the patient to leave.

SMILE Surgery Procedure

SMILE has a minimally invasive and painless procedure. In SMILE technology, only 1 laser known as a femtosecond laser is applied. The laser cuts out a part of tissue i.e Lenticule which is then dragged out by a little opening to produce vision correction.

The surgery takes just 5-10 mins. Below are the steps:

  • Eye specialists first apply eye drops to anesthetize the eye. 
  • A speculum is then precisely placed on the lids to keep the eye open and to stop blinking. 
  • Using high-level femtosecond technology- the surgeon then builds a precise lenticular which is a thin and circular piece of tissue. 
  • The surgeon then separates the lenticular through the tiny incision that was built in the eye. 
  • After using the laser, the patient will be permitted to recover for a few minutes before the eye doctor returns and checks the eye. 

Benefits of Smile Eye Surgery 

SMILE has multiple benefits over the traditional LASIK surgery. People with or without astigmatism can benefit from SMILE eye surgery, which is an excellent alternative to the more well-known LASIK and LASEK procedures.

Suitable for most people

Because SMILE is a minimally invasive form of laser eye surgery, it is suitable for a wider range of people than LASIK and LASEK. For patients who have been told they cannot undergo other forms of surgery, this is a significant benefit for them.

No dry eyes

Due to the absence of a flap to heal, you are significantly less likely to develop dry eyes after SMILE surgery than you would after LASIK surgery

No flap issues

One of the primary differences between SMILE eye surgery and other procedures like LASIK is that the SMILE technique does not create a flap. This eliminates the possibility of issues such as the flap folding or moving, as well as making the eye more comfortable after the treatment.

Quick procedure

SMILE is a short operation, just like other laser eye surgery procedures. The average treatment time is between 20-30 minutes.

Speedy recovery

Due to the lack of a flap around the cornea, patients should expect to recover quickly after SMILE eye surgery and suffer less discomfort than they would with LASIK.

Fast outcomes

Within the first few hours after SMILE eye surgery, eyesight often improves by 80%, with maximum improvement occurring within a few weeks.

Difference Between LASIK And SMILE Eye Surgery 

Uses an excimer and femtosecond laserUses a femtosecond laser
Risk of dry eye symptomsLess risk of dry eye symptoms
Requires postoperative restrictionsSlightly faster recovery than LASIK
More invasive procedure (20mm cut)Less invasive procedure (4mm cut)
Requires a corneal flapDoes not require a corneal flap
LASIK can correct more refractive errors than SMILESMILE cannot correct farsightedness (hyperopia)

SMILE Eye Surgery Risks

SMILE is an extraordinarily safe and USA FDA-approved medical procedure. The procedure is generally used for patients who range in age from 18 to 40. Patients will need to undergo a series of tests to determine if they are good candidates for the procedure. 

Still, there are risks, problems, and side effects to consider. None of these problems is likely to occur most of the time. The majority of the impact is felt by a small percentage of patients, but these difficulties have been identified and should be taken into account as potential dangers. The following is a comprehensive list of the SMILE eye surgery risks:

Trouble Seeing at Night Cataract
Night Vision Issues
Eye allergies (2)
red eyes
Dry eyes
Cornea Bulging
Cornea Bulging

SMILE Surgery Aftercare 

There is not much after care required after smile surgery. Still, the physical recovery of the tissue takes about 10- 15 days. Patients may continue with the usual routine activities within 2-3 weeks, involving swimming and outdoor recreational activities. Here are some of the post smile surgery precautions:

  • You should go directly home after your SMILE treatment.
  • You mustn’t rub your eyes for the first day after your surgery.
  • You should avoid any eye makeup or creams, for one day post-surgery.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs, and gardening for one week.
  • Avoid getting water directly into your eye(s). You may shower the day post-surgery.
  • You may go back to your work and exercise routine post-surgery.
  • You may experience increased sensitivity to light for the first few hours post your SMILE Eye Surgery. Sunglasses should be worn when your eye is light-sensitive.
  • It is normal for the eyes to feel dry for several posts of your SMILE Eye Surgery. It may feel like you have grit or sand in your eyes.           

SMILE Eye Surgery Cost

SMILE eye surgery cost is approximately Rs. 1,00,000. Many people think that SMILE eye surgery is expensive. Though, the costs include the expense of the machine and the licensing fees that eye hospitals must pay to the laser company. The specialized machine that is used in the procedure contributes to the expense because the machine itself costs INR 4 crore.

Eyemantra hospital is one of the top eye hospitals offering SMILE eye surgery at the best prices. Of course, the exact cost will vary according to the complexity of each case and the procedure used. Here’s a comparison on the cost:

TreatmentCost (₹)
Smile (Bladeless / Flapless)100,000 – 130,000
Standard Lasik25,000 – 30,000
C Lasik30,000 – 55,000
I Lasik (Bladeless)80,000 – 90,000
Contura Vision (Bladeless)100,000 – 130,000

Best eye hospital for SMILE eye surgery

There are multiple good hospitals for specs removal surgery in India, including L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad and Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, AIIMS and Eye Mantra. Eyemantra Eye Centre is deemed to be the best place for SMILE specs removal surgery in Delhi & the NCR region.

Eye mantra is equipped with advanced software and machines for performing Smile Eye Surgery in Delhi. Surgeries are performed by experienced doctors for a wide variety of eye problems like short-sightedness.

At Eye Mantra, we are a team of skilled ophthalmologists who’re skilled in performing the LASIK, SMILE, Contura and ICL surgeries for everyone who uses spectacles or contact lenses.

SMILE Eye Doctors

Doctor Shweta Jain
Dr. Shweta Jain
Cataract, Retina, Glaucoma, LASIK
Dr. Neha Wadhwa
Dr. Saurabh Jain
Cataract, Retina, Glaucoma, LASIK
Dr. Harleen Kaur
Cataract, Retina, Glaucoma, LASIK

SMILE Eye Facilities


SMILE Laser Eye Surgery is named as Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. It is a specs removal surgery, similar to LASIK. SMILE is a type of procedure of refractive surgery that uses a Femtosecond Laser, and performs a bladeless and painless surgery.

Most patients report that they feel a slight sensation of stress on the eye, but even that it is widely omitted by the numbing eye drops while performing Laser eye surgery. And in SMILE, patients typically report feeling completely nothing throughout the entire procedure.

In a SMILE eye surgery, the procedure to be done by the eye specialists normally takes about 10 – 15 minutes.

The surgeon will withdraw the lenticule by a small incision at the front portion of the eye. This reshapes the cornea and corrects the refractive error. SMILE may be a choice for many people with a kind of vision impairment – from mild refractive faults to severe nearsightedness and astigmatism.

SMILE is a quicker procedure, and long-term difficulty risks are much smaller as there is no flap in the cornea, an incision is much less 2–3 mm in a SMILE than 18–20 mm in LASIK. Lasik is viewed as second-generation refractive surgery. SMILE is the third generation.

The latest and advanced SMILE eye surgery procedure is safe and effective in correcting eye problems. This extraction surgery has been done since 2012 and is being officially done in the US since 2016. It is now an FDA-approved procedure.

It can be done above 18 years up to 40 years. However, eligibility has to be determined through a series of tests.

There are multiple good specs removal surgeons in India. Eye Mantra has some of the top  SMILE surgery doctors / surgeons.  Dr. Shweta Jain is one of the best SMILE surgery doctors in India. Dr. Shweta Jain has successfully performed more than 1000+ LASIK, Contura and  SMILE surgeries so far. The results from the Eye Mantra specs removal surgery program turns out to be better for many people. Post SMILE surgery, multiple patients experience improved appearance, increased vision and improved depth perception

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