What is SMILE?

Porter Ophthalmology has provided quality LASIK  SMILE  and PRK procedures since 1973 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

What is SMILE?

SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness), providing results similar to LASIK in slightly different and less invasive manner.
A laser is used to create a thin contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision.
Over 800,000 SMILE procedures have been performed worldwide by thousands surgeons. The number of operations continue to grow on daily basis are more and more doctors are offering this new procedure.
Now at Porter Ophthalmology, we are among the first practices in the U.S. to offer the latest in laser vision correction, SMILE.


Step 1: Lens Creation

A thin 3D-shaped lens layer and a small opening are created just beneath the surface of the eye.

Step 1: Lens Removal

The contact lens shaped layer is removed through the small opening.

Step 3: Vision Correction

By removing the thin layer, Dr. Porter changes the shape of the cornea, correcting the vision problem.

Our Technology

SMILE laser eye surgery with the Zeiss VisuMax laser is the latest in refractive technology. This ground-breaking laser system employs high-performance femtosecond laser technology and is characterized by its outstanding precision, unsurpassed speed and gentle treatment technique. The laser outlines a personalized 3D-shaped layer in the cornea that is removed to change the shape of the cornea.

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Why choose SMILE for Laser Vision Correction?

Less Invasive Procedure
Only one small opening is made to correct your vision with our laser.

Fast and Reliable
SMILE takes only a few minutes and provides wonderful results similar to LASIK.

Quick Recovery Times
SMILE offers fast vision recovery times, allowing you to return to your daily activities in as little as one day.

Gentle to the Eyes
With SMILE, you may experience less dry eye and less discomfort during and after the procedure.

Lastly: No More Glasses.
Reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts.

Read more about SMILE on our blog here (Link to: https://www.eyeporter.com/Blog/May-2015/SMILE-laser-vision-correction-replaces-LASIK-Re)

If you think you’re ready to open your eyes to a clear world every morning, without contacts, glasses, or squinting…

Dr. Isaac W. Porter, MD

Isaac W. Porter, M.D. is a fellowship trained cornea and refractive surgeon. He is committed to helping his patients obtain their best possible vision with medical and surgical options. Dr. Porter’s areas of expertise include vision correction with LASIK, SMILE, and PRK, and advanced cataract surgery including laser cataract surgery and advanced lens implants that can correct a wide range of vision and correct astigmatism. He is the only surgeon in North Carolina performing the newest laser vision correction procedure, SMILE.

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