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ReLEx SMILE (Laser Vision Correction Surgery) - Northwest Arkansas*

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About Smile

ReLEx SMILE is the latest advancement in laser vision correction surgery. Similar to other laser treatments, such as LASIK, SMILE can create clearer vision in a matter of minutes, drastically improving vision and reducing or eliminating the need for contacts and/or glasses. This exciting, new groundbreaking technology offers a faster recovery, and a seamless in-office experience. Vold Vision is proud to be the very first vision facility in the state of Arkansas to offer SMILE to patients. In fact, Dr. Vold was one of the very first surgeons in the entire United States to perform SMILE since it gained FDA approval. Every patient that experiences SMILE, leaves Vold Vision smiling. It is truly a life-changing procedure and we are so thrilled to journey with our patients as they achieve crystal clear vision!

Minimally invasive procedure
Your surgeon only needs to make a small, precise opening to correct your vision.


Quick and proven
SMILE takes only a few minutes from start to finish. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have experienced clearer vision thanks to SMILE.


Rapid visual recovery
Vision recovers quickly after SMILE. Many people return to most of their normal activities the next day.


Eye comfort
With SMILE, you may experience less dry eye and discomfort during and after the procedure.


Freedom from lenses
SMILE is designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts.


What is SMILE?

SMILE is probably one of the most advanced laser vision correction procedures to enter the market. It truly  redefines ease and comfort in the field of laser eye surgery. It's a "kind and gentle" laser surgery, which patients love because of how easy the procedure is.  The technology focuses on the area of the cornea where vision has been lost. The cornea itself  has five layers, but only the middle layer is used to focus. The laser is applied to that middle layer for less than 30 seconds to reshape it back to its optimal form in one simple step. This is accomplished with one laser per eye, which is performed microscopically and blade-free. Approved and safe to use as validated by the FDA, SMILE dramatically reduces contact time with your cornea. Patients are comfortable during the entire process and when it is over, they are left with the amazing ability to see. 

Best Candidates

Laser vision correction surgery using SMILE is especially beneficial for people who are short/near-sighted, with astigmatism or higher prescriptions, and people who have a tendency towards dry eye, since this procedure dramatically reduces treatment time. It is also effective for those with corneal surface issues from overusing contact lenses. Our team of experienced eye doctors will guide you through the refraction process and vision tests to determine if you are a suitable SMILE candidate. The technique is only advised for those older than 18, who’s vision has been stable for over a year, meaning that their eye exam results should be the same for that amount of time. Should some conditions for treatment not be met, we will guide you through alternative treatments.  Our laser vision correction department offers outstanding options for patients based on your unique vision needs.

What to Expect

Using a keyhole technique, which corrects for myopia and astigmatism,  SMILE brings together the established corrective vision techniques of femtosecond laser technology with an unmatched level of precision and comfort. After being prepped for treatment, your eyes will be stabilized to enable the laser to create a thin lenticule, as well a tiny keyhole incision measuring just two millimeters. Imaging this looking like a thin, contact lens shaped layer just beneath the surface. The nearly invisible lenticule is removed through the keyhole incision. This removal has the effect of changing your cornea’s shape so incoming light is correctly focused on the back of your retina again. Typically, patients end up feeling very little at all. Some report a sense of coolness from the fluids being used, but there is little to no discomfort involved with this procedure. The cornea remains stable during the procedure, and the recovery is typically just a few short days.

After Your Treatment

Fortunately, SMILE greatly reduces discomfort and the recovery times of other corneal surface treatments. Due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, the one incision that is made should heal in a day or two. Any itchiness or watery eyes should also dissipate in a couple of days. Most patients can get right back to swimming, running, or other sports within a week. Antibiotic and lubricating eye drops will be prescribed to assist in the healing process. You can use a computer, watch TV or play video games the next day, as long as you take breaks as necessary. Resuming the ability to drive will probably take about week. The good news is that you can put your glasses the drawer and see clearly!

Jennifer, our in-house laser vision correction concierge will be with you every step of the way. She will assist you before the procedure, and be there to answer any concerns after. Many patients have questions about what they can or can't do, and she will be your trusted resource to ensure your recovery is safe, seamless, and exciting!

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Smile with Better Vision

Vold Vision takes great pride in offering patients the latest eye surgery techniques to gain better vision and regain a better quality of life. The advancements made in laser eye treatments are so exceptional, that patients can literally improve their site in a matter of minutes. We invite you to call our Arkansas locations and live without glasses and feel more confident with the world’s most advanced vision correction technology – ReLEx SMILE, performed by the vision leaders in laser vision correction surgery.

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