How SMILE Vision Correction Works

SMILE is a minimally invasive, flapless procedure. A lenticule is created inside the intact cornea and extracted through a small incision. Because there is no flap, there are no flap-related complications. Thus, it enables more biomechanical preservation and stability along with less incidence of dry eye. SMILE is redefining refractive surgery as we know it.

What is SMILE

SMILE, also known as third generation Laser Vision Correction, is a state-of-the-art procedure that is less invasive, has minimal downtime as well as less discomfort. This procedure is perfect for people who suffer from nearsightedness with astigmatism but do not qualify for traditional LASIK. SMILE is a LASIK-like procedure available to improve their vision with all the benefits of traditional LASIK.

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Crystal Clear Vision with


An advancement in Laser Vision Correction that millions have been waiting for over the last several decades.


NO flap created.


Out of 357 eyes studied all had 20/20 BCVA vision.


Myopia and Astigmatism


Highly accurate but also highly predictable. Valid across entire range of correction, from low to high-level myopia.

The 3rd Generation of Laser Vision Correction - SMILE is LASIK without a flap and PRK without pain.

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Discover Vision First to Offer SMILE Vision Correction

Discover Vision Centers is proud to offer our patients the latest advancements in vision correction. Now, we are excited to announce the first minimally invasive, flapless technology – the only solution for  performing small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE for short. Discover Vision is 1 of only 5 clinics in the country at the forefront of SMILE vision correction technology. This new refractive procedure combines the benefits of PRK and LASIK. It is designed to treat a multitude of refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Results have shown several benefits, including highly successful visual outcomes, minimally invasive laser vision correction and enhanced patient comfort.

Discover Vision Involved in SMILE Vision Correction FDA Trials

The approval of the SMILE procedure represents the first significant FDA approval for a new refractive procedure in over 2 decades. Discover Vision Centers and John Doane, MD were instrumental in developing the procedure. Having been involved with the trial as an FDA clinical investigation site for the past 7 years, Discover Vision was the single largest enrollment site in the FDA trial performing the most SMILE procedures in the country.

"We’re excited to be part of this milestone," said Dr. John Doane. "Safety is the hallmark of vision correction surgery and with the SMILE procedure we are providing the safest procedure in line with modern small incision technology for the quickest healing and return to visual freedom." He added, "Importantly, we continue to move forward in our mission to blend surgical expertise with the latest technology. This ensures our patients receive the very best care available."

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John Doane, MD

Discover Vision Centers has been serving the Kansas City community for over 40 years. Dr. John Doane has been performing laser vision correction since 1995. He has been ranked among the top 5% of Laser vision surgeons in the country. Our Refractive Team has performed over 45,000 vision correction procedures and has been instrumental in pioneering the latest solutions in Vision Correction and advanced microsurgery. For more information on SMILE, call 816.283.EYES.

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Randy T. Jackson, MD

Dr. Randy T. Jackson is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive surgery, including SMILE, LASIK Laser Vision Correction, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Full Focus® Vision Correction and cataract surgery. For more information on SMILE, call 816.283.EYES.

Amazing Clinical Results

The clinical study reports on the results of the ReLEx SMILE procedure for the correction of spherocylindrical myopia.

Background and Method

  • 357 eyes were analyzed and evaluated in five study centers

  • All the eyes had a best-corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better before the operation

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  • Consistent results with very good predictability

  • Very close to target refraction

  • Valid across entire range of correction, from low to high-level myopia

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  • At 6 months, 99% of eyes achieved a UCVA of 20/40 or better.

  • At 6 months, 84% of eye had a UCVA of 20/20 or better.

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Other Laser Vision Correction procedures

The surgeons and staff at Discover Vision Centers take your lifestyle needs into consideration to tailor a laser vision correction procedure just for you. We are not a LASIK only center, therefore we can provide a variety of options that might be better for your personal best vision. Our other laser vision correction procedures include, LASIK, PRK and the Implantable Collamer Lens (Visian ICL). If you are interested in learning about all types of refractive surgery, we encourage you to speak with our laser vision correction staff and arrange a pre-operative evaluation. This evaluation described by many as "the most thorough eye health examination" will help our refractive eye surgeons better understand what procedure is best for you.