LASIK vs. EVO ICL™ vs. PRK vs. SMILE Eye Surgery

If you are looking for ways to correct your vision, you have probably already heard of LASIK. However, you have many other options that might better suit your needs or lifestyle. Along with LASIK, you can consider SMILE eye surgery, PRK (LASEK), and EVO ICL™, all effective ways to achieve clear vision. While only a consultation can determine the best one for you, it helps to learn more about your options. 

What are My Vision Correction Options?

At Vold Vision, we offer the widest range of vision correction options so we can provide each individual with the best one for their needs. 

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Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is the most familiar and frequently performed type of vision correction. Options in this category include LASIK, SMILE, and PRK (LASEK). These procedures work by changing the shape of your cornea, the clear structure that forms the front of your eye. While the reshaping process is the same, each uses a different method to gain access to the corneal tissue. 


If you would benefit from an option that does not remove any corneal tissue, EVO ICL™ may be right for you. This procedure, also known as an implantable contact lens, uses a vision-correcting lens placed over your natural one and under the iris (the colored part of the eye). Many people are unaware of the benefits of this option. 

LASIK vs. EVO ICL™ vs. PRK vs. SMILE Eye Surgery

Each of these vision correction techniques offers benefits and potential downsides. Your Vold Vision eye surgeon will balance each one to choose the best one for you. 


This widely used procedure is a good option for many people. It uses a laser to create a flap in the corneal epithelium, the protective outer layer and then reshapes the layers beneath. The flap is replaced and heals on its own. One significant benefit of LASIK is its ability to treat a wide range of prescriptions, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. 

One potential downside of LASIK is that not everyone is a good candidate. This procedure is not recommended if you have thin or abnormal corneas, problems with dry eyes, or a routine that involves contact sports. People who fit these categories are usually better candidates for a different treatment. 


One advantage of SMILE eye surgery is that it creates less disruption to the corneal epithelium than LASIK, using a 2-3mm incision instead of a larger flap. As a result, it is suitable for many people who cannot have LASIK. It offers the most advanced laser technology, using the laser to create a small disc of corneal tissue called a lenticule. 

SMILE is not recommended for some types of refractive errors or prescriptions, so your eye surgeon will perform an eye exam to determine whether this procedure will meet your needs. 

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People with thin or abnormal corneas, dry or irritating eye conditions, or who enjoy contact sports may benefit from LASEK, an advanced version of PRK. This form of laser eye surgery does not make any incisions in the corneal epithelium. Instead, the epithelium is detached and removed. After reshaping, the cells are returned to the surface so the epithelium can regrow. 

The biggest downside of LASEK is that it has a longer downtime than other types of vision correction. However, it allows people who cannot have other types of laser eye surgery to enjoy the benefits of the procedure. It has less downtime than older types of PRK. 


Unlike laser eye surgery, EVO ICL™ does not remove any part of your cornea. Instead, the Implantable Collamer® Lens, made of biocompatible collagen, is placed between the iris and natural lens, adding an extra layer of focus. 

While people are less familiar with EVO ICL™ than laser eye surgery, this procedure is safe, minimally invasive, and very effective. As an added bonus, the implantable lens protects your eyes from UV damage and never needs to be removed, although your eye surgeon can remove it easily if you want. 

Which Type of Vision Correction is Best for Me?

During your consultation, your eye surgeon will review all the factors that affect which procedure will provide you with the best outcome. They will consider:

  • Your eye health
  • Your medical history
  • Any existing risk factors
  • The type and severity of your refractive error
  • Your lifestyle
  • Your personal preferences
  • Any other important information
Had Lasik done to get rid of my glasses. Glasses can be a hassle and no longer need them. I highly suggest to anyone staff is super friendly and professional.
Cj W.

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You’ll benefit not only from the latest technologies available but also from our compassionate, personal approach. You’re more than a patient at Vold Vision in Bentonville and Fayetteville. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible while evaluating the optimal treatment plan just for you. We invite Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale residents to contact us today for a consultation at (479) 755-4510.

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