The SMILE Procedure

FOR Visual Freedom

Most of us have heard of LASIK, but what about SMILE? SMILE offers the fastest recovery of any laser vision correction procedure available in the United States today. Small incision lenticule extraction is abbreviated as SMILE. Through a small incision, a femtosecond laser is used to remove a small circular lenticule of corneal tissue from the middle layers of the cornea, leaving you with your best possible vision.

How the SMILE procedure works.

Dr. Kouchouk uses a computer-guided laser to create a disc-shaped lenticule. He then removes this lenticule through a small opening in your cornea. Your cornea is reshaped, and your vision is corrected in minutes.

Is SMILE superior to LASIK?

No, but some eye types and lifestyles are more suited to SMILE. Both techniques are highly successful and safe for eyesight correction. While SMILE is another laser eye surgery option, its precision is comparable to LASIK. During your appointment, we’ll decide whether SMILE can help you get the visual freedom you deserve.

Why choose Luxor Eye Institute for SMILE eye surgery?


Your SMILE surgery will provide you with improved quality of life.


There are no upsells or hidden costs for astigmatism, high prescriptions, upgrades, or eye medications with our SMILE price.


SMILE is a tiny fee to pay for owning rather than renting your ideal vision.


We offer 24-months, interest-free financing.


Dr. Kouchouk is one of the only Bakersfield LASIK surgeons to specialize in SMILE.


When you arrive, we become laser-focused on you.


During your consultation, you will receive a comprehensive personalized diagnostic evaluation of your eyes.


Most SMILE patients can resume normal activities – including working out and wearing eye makeup – 24 hours after their procedures.


Your SMILE procedure is carried out using the most cutting-edge technology available today.

It starts with a SMILE eye consultation in Bakersfield.

At Luxor Eye Institute, you will find so much more than a basic SMILE screening. Your Ocular Analysis is the most in-depth eye exam you’ll ever experience. You will meet personally with Dr. Kouchouk, your surgeon. He will review your scans, explain your options, and answer all your questions. You will be empowered to choose the ideal vision correction procedure for your unique eyes and lifestyle.

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You are our VIP.

You are our top priority. You are not treated like a number and you won’t find assembly-line-like SMILE here. We focus specifically on your needs. If you are looking for a team that truly takes their time to listen and understand your vision needs, this is the place.

Glasses and contacts are more expensive than you think.

The average person spends $25,000+ on glasses, contact lenses, solution, eye exams, etc. It’s like renting your vision from the glasses and contacts lens industry. Worst of all, these will NEVER correct your vision. Use our affordability calculator and see how much you can save with your Bakersfield SMILE procedure.

SMILE questions? We've got answers.

Does insurance cover SMILE?

No. SMILE is a laser eye surgery that is very similar to LASIK. One of these similarities is that the procedure is considered elective. Your HSA or FSA, on the other hand, can be used for SMILE.

Does SMILE wear off?

No. SMILE uses laser-guided precision to re-shape your cornea permanently and does not wear off. The effects of SMILE are long-lasting and our patients report a significant improvement in their vision.

Does SMILE hurt?

No. You will be given medication to keep you comfortable during your SMILE procedure. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities by the next day.

How long does SMILE take?

The SMILE procedure is completed in less than 10 minutes. The actual laser treatment lasts only 30 seconds. It truly is a non-invasive vision correction procedure.

What if I blink or move during SMILE?

Our lasers are built to limit and account for movement. Every step of the process is meticulously monitored. There is no cause for concern.

Who is a candidate for SMILE?

If you have myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism, SMILE is an excellent procedure for you. A thorough eye examination is required to determine whether SMILE is right for you.

Is SMILE a safe alternative to LASIK?

Yes, because SMILE only targets a sublayer of the cornea, there is only a very small incision on the eye’s surface. This changes the shape of your cornea and corrects any refractive errors.

How fast can I return to work?

The majority of our SMILE patients return to work the next day without missing a beat. The next day vision is usually 20/20 or better, and it continues to clear even more over the next few weeks.

Can I Use My HSA or FSA for SMILE?

SMILE is a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account elective procedure. If your company provides a health or flexible spending account, you can pay for SMILE with pre-tax dollars.

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