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FREE Zeiss SMILE Consult! 📞 TODAY at 214-328-0444 to get a free Zeiss SMILE screening and see if you’re a Zeiss SMILE candidate. Why have you been waiting your whole life?

Zeiss SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a kind and gentle laser vision correction technology that applies the latest advancements to correct nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism or a combination of both. If you’re considering laser vision correction, we encourage you to review this information and research your options. LaserCare Eye Center was the first to offer Zeiss SMILE eye surgery in Dallas.

More than 8 million Zeiss SMILE surgeries have been performed worldwide.

Office Locations: Irving | Plano | Southlake

We’re here to answer any questions. 

LaserCare Eye Center has the newest FDA approved SMILE Laser, the Zeiss Visumax 800. This is the 1st Visumax 800 in Texas and 1 of the first 3 in the US.

Zeiss SMILE Visumax 800

Nearsightedness and Zeiss SMILE Surgery

If you find that objects close to you look clear, but things far away are blurry and unfocused, you may be nearsighted. It is a condition caused by a misshaped lens and cornea – and is becoming increasingly common in America.

Choosing the Ideal Eye Surgery for You

Zeiss SMILE surgery is an FDA-approved innovative approach to laser eye surgery that helps shape the lens and cornea so that light is properly focused. A perfectly curved cornea focuses light directly on the back of your eye. This creates clearer vision.

Eye-test technology diagnoses the precise shape of your unique eye and provides laser vision correction options for almost every eye shape.

A full suite of proven laser correction options should include PRK, LASIK, and Zeiss SMILE Laser Vision Correction. Millions of SMILE procedures have been performed worldwide by over 1,000 doctors in 62 countries. SMILE is a proven, predictable laser vision procedure.

Some practices might not offer this advanced technology. If a doctor isn’t able to offer LASIK, PRK, and Zeiss SMILE, can you be sure you’re getting the best procedure for your eyes and lifestyle?

A full recommendation on your unique situation will ensure you are matched with the ideal procedure for your specific vision. Our knowledgeable team, from reception to the surgeon’s office, works together with the single goal of helping you understand what options are best for you to see clearly and can let you know if Zeiss SMILE eye surgery in Dallas is right for you.


LaserCare Eye Center has the newest FDA approved SMILE Laser, the Zeiss Visumax 800. This is the 1st 800 in Texas and 1 of the first 3 in the US.


With Alphaeon*, you’ll find a wide array of monthly payment options, including no-interest financing to help you reach your individual goals. 

Zeiss SMILE: A Minimally Invasive Eye Surgery

The Zeiss SMILE procedure uses a laser to correct the shape of the eye. The laser treatment itself takes less than 30 seconds. Without entering the eye, the laser applies the pre-determined computer-generated values to make a thin contact lens-shaped layer, just beneath the surface of the eye. It then creates a tiny opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision.

This removal changes the shape of the outer layers of the corneal tissue. It is a remarkable breakthrough in vision improvement. Zeiss SMILE is a wonderful treatment option for patients with healthy corneas, active lifestyles, and a tendency towards dry eye. The Visumax laser accomplishes less dry eye by less corneal nerve damage.

Benefits of Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery

SMILE vision correction laser Visumax

The ZEISS VisuMax® laser, which is used for Zeiss SMILE, employs an anatomically shaped contact glass that exactly conforms to the natural shape of the cornea. This allows the procedure to be performed with much less suction pressure than other laser vision correction options. It’s simple and virtually painless. Other benefits include:

  • Small incision of 4 mm means no flap
  • Side-cut length up to 80% shorter and
  • Cap incision area up to 30% smaller than for a Femto-LASIK flap
  • Potentially lower incidence of transient dry eye syndrome and less nerve transection thanks to the smallest of incisions without flaps
  • Less risk of infections and epithelial ingrowths
  • Reproducibility of the lenticule, irrespective of individual corneal characteristics and ambient conditions
  • Excellent predictability, particularly for higher refraction values
  • A minimally invasive, small incision surgery translates to rapid visual recovery and possibly begin wearing makeup as early as the next day. Patients can generally resume all daily activities 4-7 days later
  • Excellent visual results
  • Cornea rigidity is maintained

We also utilize the Visumax femtosecond laser to make our flap for LASIK eye surgery.

Zeiss SMILE was created by ZEISS, a company that has pioneered optical science and medical technology for over 170 years. Laser vision correction has helped millions of people see more clearly. Contact us or call 214.328.0444 to see if you’re a candidate.

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How Much Does Smile Eye Surgery Cost?

Consider the yearly and long-term costs of your glasses and contacts when thinking about investing in laser vision correction. You may save money and enjoy many other lifestyle benefits such as better vision.

The cost of Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is about the same as any other laser eye surgery available on the market today. It is about $2000-$3000 per eye. We offer financing options for your SMILE eye surgery in Dallas which are subject to credit approval.

Qualifications for Zeiss SMILE

The laser is used to cut away a bit of tissue and reshape the cornea. There are some qualifications for the Zeiss SMILE procedure, however. The patient must have a stable prescription for at least 12 months. They need to be 22 years of age or older with no more than -0.50 D of astigmatism. Their nearsightedness can only be corrected up to -10.00 diopters (D).


SMILE is an acronym for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. It is a surgery that people are getting to correct their near-sightedness. This surgery uses a VisuMax femtosecond laser which is the proprietary technology of Carl Zeiss Meditec. The main difference between Zeiss SMILE and LASIK is the size of the opening. In Zeiss SMILE the opening in the cornea is only 4 mm and the LASIK opening is 20mm. The major difference between Zeiss SMILE and LASIK is that there is no corneal flap made during Zeiss SMILE eye surgery.

LASIK and Zeiss SMILE are both used as safe procedures to correct vision problems. However, they seem to be compared a lot as well.

How Is Zeiss SMILE Different Than LASIK?

Yes, Zeiss SMILE is different than LASIK. Zeiss SMILE offers a less invasive solution, however, it’s not for everyone as stated above. They are both surgeries that are used to correct bad vision by correcting the cornea. The procedures are very similar and both are done by laser. The recovery for Zeiss SMILE is a little quicker than LASIK as well.

The surgery doesn’t take long at all. This is why they typically do not offer general anesthetics. The procedure is only 10-15 minutes in total. However, numbing drops, as well as an anti-anxiety medication, may be used. This will help prevent pain as well as help you to relax.



With the smaller incision, there are fewer complications with the Zeiss SMILE procedure. The eye seems to be able to maintain the new shape, even if there is some sort of trauma. Studies have shown there is less risk of “dry eye” with Zeiss SMILE vs LASIK, this is also due to the smaller incision. It is believed that fewer corneal nerves are affected by the smaller incision which offers less trauma to the eye.

Zeiss SMILE Treatment Range

The treatment range is the biggest downfall of the Zeiss SMILE procedure. Treatment ranges for Zeiss SMILE are smaller and SMILE cannot treat things such as farsightedness and was just recently approved for astigmatism that LASIK can treat.

Zeiss SMILE cannot treat higher-order aberrations either, these affect night vision and may even increase the higher-order aberrations. Which will make it harder for some of the Zeiss SMILE patients to see while driving at night.

To know if Zeiss SMILE is right for you, you should speak to your refractive surgeon. A refractive surgeon is a person who performs these types of procedures. This is not done by an Optometrist. You want someone who has shown a great track record with good reviews. 

Is Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery Safe?

Zeiss SMILE eye surgery was FDA-approved in September 2016 in the USA. It has been gaining popularity and is considered a safe procedure. Before deciding if this is a good option for vision correction, every patient should learn about its benefits and disadvantages.

Like any surgical procedure, Zeiss SMILE eye surgery has its risks and possible complications. Most of them are not different from LASIK surgery. Both procedures carry risks of developing glare and halos around lights. This happens, particularly at night. Inflammation of the eye or infection at the surgical site is also a risk for either of those surgeries.

However, there is no corneal flap made during Zeiss SMILE eye surgery. This reduces the risk of further corneal injury. Recovery time is also reduced considerably. Since the surface of the cornea is minimally disturbed, patients experience fewer dry eye issues than they do after LASIK surgery.

Every patient gets screened very carefully to determine if he or she is a good candidate for Zeiss SMILE eye surgery in Dallas.

Who is a Good Candidate for Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery?

To determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure, you will need to consult your ophthalmologist or optometrist as well as a refractive surgeon. Your eyes, as well as your vision, will be checked according to certain criteria.

Your eyes should be generally healthy without cataracts or advanced glaucoma. Excessive scarring or any other eyelid disorders may interfere with the healing process and should not be overlooked. If you lead an active lifestyle or play sports, SMILE eye surgery may be a good fit for you as there is no risk of dislodging the corneal flap after the surgery. You also have to be at least 22 years old and have a stable prescription for at least 12 months.

Your ophthalmologist will consider all factors and determine the benefits and risks of Zeiss SMILE eye surgery in your particular case.

What is Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery and How is it Done?

Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is a laser eye surgery that may help to correct nearsightedness. It is a newer procedure but it is becoming more and more popular. SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. The name of the procedure sounds more complicated than it is.  The procedure itself takes only 10-15 min.

VisuMax femtosecond laser is used to perform the procedure. It is programmed to a specific patient’s eye and cornea measurements. In only 30 seconds, the laser creates a disc-shaped piece of cornea below the surface of the patient’s eye. That disc is the “lenticule” which gives the surgery its name and is later removed by a surgeon. Then the laser makes a very small incision in the cornea through which a surgeon can remove the lenticule. This process reshapes the cornea and makes vision clearer.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common vision deficiency. More than 3 million people in the US alone have been diagnosed with this condition. Astigmatism is a condition of the eye when a person’s cornea is irregularly shaped. Sometimes the lens inside your eye can have a mismatching curve, which is also astigmatism. That causes blurred vision.

Most frequently astigmatism is present in people with other refractive errors in the eye, such as myopia or nearsightedness. Astigmatism can easily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, as well as LASIK eye surgery.

The good news here is that Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is also equipped to correct this vision problem since it also reshapes the cornea.

Can Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery Correct Astigmatism?

To answer this question, we first need to understand what Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is and how it is performed. Zeiss SMILE is an abbreviation for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This procedure is a laser eye surgery designed to correct vision deficiencies.

A specially programmed laser creates a disk-shaped piece of cornea inside your eye. That disc is later removed by a surgeon through a tiny incision. That reshapes the cornea to correct refraction errors in the eye. It is mostly used to correct nearsightedness and/or astigmatism. The major difference between LASIK eye surgery and Zeiss SMILE is that there is no corneal flap created during this surgery.

Zeiss SMILE eye surgery was FDA-approved for general myopia treatment in 2016. Since then thousands of patients with nearsightedness across the USA enjoyed its benefits. But what about those with astigmatism?

Is Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery Right for Astigmatism Right for You?

If you have been thinking about laser eye surgery to correct astigmatism, then you have more options now. Consult your ophthalmologist to decide if Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is right for you. Your eye doctor can check your vision and determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery.

You have to meet certain criteria to be a good candidate. Some of the things to consider are the overall health of your eyes, your age, the stability of your vision, and the type of refractive errors you have. The range of vision correction with Zeiss SMILE eye surgery is limited. Only your eye doctor along with a refractive surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Is Zeiss SMILE Surgery Painful?

The surgery itself is not painful at all. However, some people report that the nerves leading up to the surgery can be a bit overwhelming. If you are super nervous about having any type of surgery performed speak to your surgeon about it. Oftentimes, knowing and understanding what is being done can help calm the nerves and bit. After all, you should be looking forward to your new eyesight.

What Is Zeiss SMILE?

Zeiss SMILE is done using a laser to the cornea of the eye. It puts a much smaller incision in the eye than that of LASIK. Because of this smaller incision, there are fewer complications, as well as the eye, doesn’t dry out as much during this procedure. This smaller incision also allows less damage to the eye’s nerves. These all make SMILE a great option for people with nearsightedness. However, it does come with some restrictions and will only work for people with nearsightedness.

Fears About Zeiss SMILE

As with most medical procedures, the days leading up to the procedure can be torture for some people. The little voice in your head going over everything and anything that could go wrong. The worry about the procedure itself and how uncomfortable it will be is another fear. Also, most have never experienced a laser and have no idea what to expect. So, naturally, they expect the worst and think of the laser beams that shoot from the Superhero’s wrists.

But, fear not, that isn’t the case at all. Not all lasers are hot. The laser used in Zeiss SMILE is cool and works by electronically stimulating gases such as argon, fluorine, and chlorine to create this pseudo molecule which is then lasered in the eye.

If your nerves are just too bad to endure this less than 10 min procedure your surgeon may give you something to help relax you. General anesthesia isn’t typically used as the procedure is so quick. No worries about blinking. There is a device used to hold the eyelids open during the procedure. Your job is just to follow the directions of the surgeon and stay calm.

During the procedure, they may ask for you to look at something or look over to one side. They will tell you what to do and you just have to follow the directions, it’s that simple.

Zeiss SMILE Surgery

As with LASIK, during the Zeiss SMILE procedure, you are given eye-numbing drops. These drops help numb the eye so the patient will not feel pain. Most people report pressure on the eye. There isn’t any stinging or burning to the eye. During the procedure, the surgeon speaks to you the entire time, so it goes quickly.

Most patients cannot believe how quickly they recover and how well they can see after the surgery, which makes this all worth it.

Thinking About Zeiss SMILE?

If you are thinking about getting the Zeiss SMILE surgery done, talk to LaserCare Eye Center and schedule an appointment with us. A refractive surgeon is a person who would perform the procedure. When meeting with the surgeon, don’t be shy and ask questions.

How Long Does Zeiss SMILE Eye Surgery Take?

The Zeiss SMILE and LASIK procedures take about the same amount of time, which is around 10 mins. With the procedure being so short there isn’t usually a general anesthesia used. However, some patients are very nervous so you might have an anti-anxiety medication to take the day of the procedure. The lasers used in either SMILE or LASIK are actually cool to the touch and are made up of gases.

Other worries and concerns are blinking during the procedure and messing it all up. However, there is no reason to worry, you will be wearing a device that will prevent you from blinking. Your eye will be numb during either procedure, so you will not feel the incision or any sharp pain. It is reported that people only feel mild pressure.

If you are done with glasses LASIK and Zeiss SMILE are two great options. The main difference is which works for your particular case.

LASIK vs Zeiss SMILE Surgery

If you’re considering laser eye surgery to correct your refractive error, it’s best that you familiarize yourself with Zeiss SMILE vs LASIK procedures so you can decide which one among the two options is best for you.

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😍What is Zeiss SMILE eye surgery?

Zeiss SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a kind and gentle laser vision correction technology that applies the latest advancements to correct nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism or a combination of both.

💲How much does Zeiss SMILE eye surgery cost?

Zeiss SMILE eye surgery pricing at LaserCare Eye Center is similar to LASIK and is one of the least expensive places to get Zeiss SMILE in the US.

😍Is Zeiss SMILE eye surgery safe?

Zeiss SMILE is a safe procedure and because there is no flap, does not have flap related complications like LASIK.

💧Does the Zeiss SMILE procedure hurt?

No, your surgeon will use numbing drops in your eyes so the surgery is painless.

😍Can Zeiss SMILE treat astigmatism?

Yes, the VisuMax laser used for the Zeiss SMILE procedure is FDA approved to treat astigmatism.

Where do I get more information about ZEISS SMILE?



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