Introducing SMILE

Giving you something to SMILE about! The latest laser vision correction from Zeiss and Kansas City Eye Clinic.


SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness), providing LASIK-like outcomes in a minimally-invasive procedure. A laser is used to create a thin contact-lens-shape layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then the laser makes a small opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision. Worldwide, over 750,000 SMILE procedures have been performed by more than 1,000 surgeons. And these numbers continue to grow every day! In fact, SMILE is the fastest growing laser vision correction surgery in the world.

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Top 5 Reasons to SMILE

1 Minimally Invasive Procedure

Compared to most procedures, SMILE laser vision correction is gentle and comfortable. Your surgeon will only need to make a small, precise opening to correct your vision.

2 Quick and Simple

SMILE takes only a few minutes to start to finish. The part of the procedure that uses a laser to reshape your cornea lasts about 30 seconds.

3 Recovery

Most people return to their normal activities the next day.

4 Eye Comfort

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

5 Freedom from Lenses

SMILE is designed to lessen your need for glasses and contacts.

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During custom wavefront LASIK, all patients are treated using a bladeless laser to make the flap; this method is safer and much more accurate than traditional LASIK. Then, a second laser is used to reshape the cornea and the flap is replaced. It is nearly painless and patients generally see improvement to their vision immediately after surgery.

PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy) uses the excimer laser in the same way as LASIK and vision correction results are very similar. The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that in PRK there is no flap — only the very top (epithelial) layer of the cornea is removed before the excimer laser sculpts the cornea. A “bandage” soft contact lens is placed on the treated eye(s) to promote epithelial healing, which takes about four days. While LASIK patients often report clear, improved vision by the day after surgery, it may be a few days before vision stabilizes for PRK patients while the cornea’s epithelial layer re-grows. This refractive option is utilized if the patient has thin corneas, dry eye issues, previous LASIK surgery, or other factors in which PRK would be a safer option.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

lenSx-logoRefractive lens exchange (RLE) may be an option for people with high myopia (nearsightedness), high astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia for whom LASIK or PRK is not recommended. With RLE (also called Clear Lens Extraction or CLE) an artificial lens (Intraocular Lens or IOL) is used to replace the eye’s natural lens in order to improve vision without glasses or contacts. The procedure is performed much like laser assisted cataract surgery with the LenSx Laser. Similar to cataract surgery, RLE may use toric IOLs or multifocal IOLs. Toric lenses provide patients with high astigmatism the ability to see clearly at one distance and multifocal lenses allow patients the ability to focus at all distances (far, intermediate and near). During the evaluation, several tests will be performed to determine which IOL type(s) is best fit for you and your lifestyle.

Some people who have early stage cataracts may choose to have RLE instead of waiting for their cataracts to mature. This is because the intraocular lens implants will provide better vision for them without their glasses or contacts.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

The Implantable Collamer, or Contact, Lens (ICL) is a soft, flexible lens that is placed behind the iris (colored part of the eye) and in front of the natural lens to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The best candidates for this refractive procedure are highly nearsighted (myopic) patients with prescriptions between -6.00 and -18.00, between the ages of 21 and 45, and who do not have any history of ocular disease or previous eye surgery. You may read more about the Visian ICL on their website,

Visian ICL successful in surgeon with high myopia




Our refractive surgeon, Christopher Ketcherside, M.D. is trained in the latest techniques for laser vision surgery and refractive surgery. The Clinic offers free LASIK and Refractive Seminars for perspective patients wanting to know more about refractive surgery and their options. It is an opportunity to hear the surgeon, Dr. Ketcherside, give a short presentation and answer any questions you may have about surgery. Please call our Refractive Coordinator Mary Galloway (913.322.9148) for details on our upcoming refractive seminars or to set up your free pre-screening appointment to begin the process of evaluating your vision.


We honor all VSP LASIK, EyeMed, and Superior discounts. We accept payments from all HSA and FSA plans. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Financing is offered through Med Loan Financing.