Kovach Eye Institute first in Illinois to perform innovative laser vision correction technology – Chicago Daily Herald

Dr. Kevin Kovach performs SMILE procedure at Kovach Eye Institute. Courtesy of Kovach Eye Institute
Kovach Eye Institute in Elmhurst is the first ophthalmology practice in the state of Illinois to perform the SMILE procedure, the latest advancement in laser vision correction for myopia (near-sightedness), with or without astigmatism, providing LASIK-like outcomes. SMILE is a one step, one laser, minimally invasive procedure.
SMILE is an acronym that stands for “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.” Simply put, 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 the layer is removed. During the procedure, the surgeon uses a computer guided, highly focused laser light to cut a tiny incision in the cornea and will use it to remove a small piece of corneal tissue (called a lenticule).
“SMILE is a game-changing procedure for laser vision correction that goes beyond PRK and LASIK, as it redefines refractive surgery. At Kovach Eye we believe in vision for life. We are Chicagoland’s leading provider of advanced vision correction and visual health,” said Kevin J. Kovach, M.D.
This revolutionary procedure developed by ZEISS utilizes the VisuMax® femtosecond laser which Kovach Eye Institute acquired in December 2021. With this new treatment option, Kovach Eye Institute is now offering patients access to the most advanced refractive laser vision correction technology available.
SMILE is a safe and proven method of vision correction with over four million procedures done worldwide. With SMILE, there is no flap, therefore there are no flap complications. Unlike LASIK, the SMILE procedure is bladeless, flapless, and effortless.
The benefits of SMILE include:
• Minimally Invasive Procedure – Your surgeon only needs to make a small, precise opening 4mm to 6mm to correct your vision.
• Quick and Proven – SMILE takes only a few minutes from start to finish and people worldwide have experienced clearer vision thanks to SMILE.
• Rapid Visual Recovery – Vision recovers quickly after SMILE. Many people return to most of their normal activities the next day.
• Eye Comfort – With SMILE, you may experience minimal to no discomfort during and after the procedure.
• Freedom from Lenses – SMILE is designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts.
“Kovach Eye Institute consists of a dedicated team of world-class ophthalmologists, partnering optometrists, and patient-centric employees committed to advancing the science and practice of ophthalmology. We are pro-innovation and pro-patient. Our state-of-the-art surgery center and clinics utilize the most advanced lasers and diagnostic equipment available. Our patient experience is personalized for your lifestyle and desired outcomes,” said George Ludwig, Kovach Eye Institute President.
Kovach Eye Institute has offices conveniently located in Elmhurst, Naperville, South Barrington, Lincolnwood, and Itasca. If you are considering laser surgery to correct a refractive error such as nearsightedness and/or astigmatism, SMILE may be a viable option.
To learn more about SMILE or to book a consultation for any of your vision needs, please visit https://www.kovacheye.com or call (630) 833-9621.