Can LASIK Correct Contact Lens Intolerance?

Ditch your contacts or spectacles for good with this cutting-edge LASIK alternative that
will fit your lifestyle perfectly.

But first, there are three main reasons people decide to permanently correct their vision. You may be experiencing some or all of these:


Irritation and Dry Eyes Due to Contact Lenses

Those who wear contact lenses but have failed to keep them in their eyes due to discomfort, redness, burning, tearing, reduced wear time, contacts pop out, ulcers, or infections. 


Disruption of an Active Lifestyle

Poor vision and dependency on corrective lenses may disrupt an active lifestyle, a hobby, or a career choice. They often come in the way of enjoying activities like swimming and outdoor activities.


Expenses Associated With Contacts and Glasses

Many people are tired of the recurring expenses associated with glasses, contacts, lens solution, and other hassles that come with a dependence on corrective eyewear.

Laser Vision Correction - Recovery Time,
Candidacy, and Other FAQ's


The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes, and you can return to your daily activities within a day or two. The recovery time differs between individual patients, but the flap should be stable within a matter of days. Your vision may take a few days to become stable after the surgery. Goel Vision typically requires a follow-up exam the day after and one month after surgery to check on your progress.


Laser eye surgery is a clinically proven and established method of treating refractive errors as well as certain vision disorders. Like all surgeries, laser eye surgery is not completely free of risks and side effects.


If your eyesight has been stable over the past year (usually after the age of 18), you wear glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision, and you are otherwise healthy and not pregnant, you may be a candidate for laser eye surgery. Your eye doctor will be able to tell you if this is a viable option for you.


In almost all cases, laser eye surgery is virtually pain free. You will receive anesthesia drops to numb your eye. You may feel some pressure around the eye at times during the surgery, but this is completely normal and not painful.


Laser eye surgery is usually permanent, but if your prescription changes in the future, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses or consider an enhancement surgery.

How much Does Laser Vision Correction Cost?

The cost of laser vision correction and other refractive surgeries can be considerable, but fortunately, they can provide valuable long-term benefits – and savings.

Following surgery, many patients can reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear, resulting in savings on glasses, contact lenses, contact solutions, and more. Get the latest in eye care treatment and vision correction with special financing with Goel Vision.

We are partnered with CareCredit patient financing and Alphaeon patient financing, third-party companies that offer programs for medical procedures with low-interest rates and flexible repayment terms.

Over five million contact lens wearers develop some form of contact lens intolerance (CLI) every year, and Laser Vision Correction is the cure.

Take the First Step and Request a Consultation Today with
Dr. Sonny Goel. We Proudly Serve the Greater Baltimore Metro.

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Why Choose Goel Vision to Perform Your LASIK Or SMILE Procedure?

The Goel Vision team is proud to offer SMILE, a state-of-the-art LASIK alternative, as a solution to their patients suffering from CLI. SMILE is the only minimally invasive laser vision correction solution. This less invasive approach means less disruption to the cornea for patients who suffer from dry eyes and irritation associated with CLI. The smaller opening created with SMILE, 80% smaller than that of a traditional LASIK flap, means less disruption to the cornea’s nerve fibers. These nerves play a key role in maintaining a normal healthy cornea, so patients who have SMILE have less incidence of post-operative dry eye than those with LASIK.

LASIK vs. Alternative
Laser Vision
Correction Options

Why We Recommend

Unlike the creation of a corneal flap needed during a LASIK surgery, SMILE only requires a keyhole incision for corneal recontouring. This is the major advantage SMILE offers over LASIK and leads to a few other benefits:


  1. There is less induced dry eye, burning, or itching with SMILE than LASIK, especially in the few months of post-op corneal healing.
  2. Recovery from SMILE is almost painless, and there are no long-term problems with flap dislocation.
  3. In comparative studies, SMILE performs better in terms of vision stability, mainly in high myopia.
  4. Studies have shown that the optical zones are larger with SMILE.This translates to better night vision.
  5. Since SMILE leaves superficial layers of corneal tissue intact, it may be a preferable refractive surgery for patients with thin corneas.


While LASIK has been the gold standard of treatment in laser vision correction, greater corneal structural integrity becomes a decisive factor for many people to choose SMILE.


Since its FDA approval in 2016, SMILE laser eye surgery has been an excellent option for patients seeking to end their dependency on glasses and contact lenses. At Goel Vision, patient comfort and premium vision are our top priorities. SMILE is performed with the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser system. Using this advanced technology ensures excellent reproducibility and predictability, helping people with varying degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism.

Since the opening created in a SMILE procedure is done with a laser and is 80% smaller than that of a traditional LASIK flap, this makes SMILE the only bladeless and flapless option to correct your vision. You can expect the same great visual outcomes with SMILE as compared to LASIK, with a quicker healing time and a more comfortable recovery. In FDA studies, 90% of patients who received SMILE had 20/20 vision or better.

Step 1

A highly precise femtosecond laser is used to create a thin contact lens-shaped layer of tissue just beneath the surface of the eye.

Step 2

The lenticule in the eye is removed through a small opening created by the laser, with minimal disruption to the cornea.

Step 3

By removing the lenticule, the shape of the cornea is adjusted and the refractive error is corrected.

Am I a Candidate for SMILE?

SMILE laser eye surgery can be performed for nearsighted patients, with or without astigmatism. During your initial consultation, your provider at Goel Vision will work with you to determine if you are an ideal candidate for SMILE laser eye surgery.

Request Your Laser Vision Correction Consultation Today

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