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SMILE Vision Correction Kansas City Star Interview

SMILE Vision Correction Kansas City Star Interview with Dr. John Doane

Dr. John Doane was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Star on his leadership and involvement with SMILE Vision Correction.

Dr. Doane is one of only five ophthalmologists in the U.S., and the only eye doctor in the Kansas City area to participate in the research trials for SMILE Vision Correction. He is training other surgeons, as well as speaking domestically and internationally on his experience with SMILE.

The Kansas City Star article, “Developed in Germany, tested in Leawood, new laser eye surgery taking off,” tells the story of 29-year-old Nick Wagoner. Nick has worn eyeglasses and contact lenses since the fifth grade. Leaving the day of his surgery, Nick gave his wife a thumbs up on the process. After SMILE Vision Correction with Dr. John Doane in May, Nick reports being able to see things more clearly.

“Dr. John Doane and his entire Discover Vision Center team were FANTASTIC from my initial meeting, to my screening, to surgery to the follow-up. My eye sight is perfect and I can see things I never could have come close to seeing without my glasses or contact. If you are looking for the best of the best in eye correction surgery then go to Discover Vision! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR GIVING ME THE ABILITY TO SEE AGAIN!”

Learn more about Nick’s experience here.

What’s the difference between PRK, LASIK and SMILE Vision Correction?

PRK-LASIK-SMILE Vision Correction Kansas City

PRK, LASIK and SMILE are different types of laser eye surgery. Each procedure corrects refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) by reshaping the cornea. Depending on the individual, one option may be more suitable than the other. Furthermore, each procedure offers its own benefits.

PRK is a type of refractive procedure where an epithelial layer is removed.  A laser is then used to reshape the cornea. The epithelial layer regenerates naturally over the corneal surface. Because the cornea needs more time to heal with PRK, recovery time takes slightly longer than LASIK.

During LASIK surgery, a thin flap is created using a femtosecond laser. Once the flap is lifted, the laser is used to reshape the cornea, and the flap is returned where it heals within a few minutes. LASIK was approved by the FDA in the mid 1990s. Continuous advancements have been made in the technique over the past two decades. Because of faster healing time and the high level of precision, LASIK is a popular choice for vision correction.

SMILE is the latest advancement in vision correction, different than LASIK or PRK. However, it combines the benefits of both procedures. During SMILE, there is no flap created. A lenticule is created inside the cornea and then extracted through a very small incision, one-tenth the size of that for LASIK. Because there is no flap created, SMILE is minimally-invasive with less incidence of dry eye. SMILE Vision Correction was recently approved by the FDA to treat myopia, or nearsightedness.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

To determine whether you are a candidate and which procedure is right for you, we offer a free evaluation. Our team will take several measurements, discuss your goals, medical history, and any vision changes you may be experiencing. The procedure recommended will depend on a number of factors that your eye doctor will discuss with you.

To find out if you are a candidate for laser vision correction, schedule a free evaluation using the Appointment button below.

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