RELEX SMILE ™ LASIK
KEYHOLE LASER EYE SURGERY
ReLEx SMILE ™ is a flap-less laser eye surgery treatment for short-sightedness
ReLEx SMILE ™ is a minimally invasive alternative to conventional laser eye surgery pioneered by Carl Zeiss Meditec. This revolutionary technique turns LASIK into a keyhole procedure. SMILE ™ is short for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.
What can ReLEx SMILE ™ laser eye surgery treat?
ReLEx SMILE ™ is ideally suited to patients with short-sightedness and those with higher prescriptions.
For whom is ReLEx SMILE ™ laser eye surgery most suitable?
ReLEx SMILE ™ is most suitable for short-sighted patients. If you’ve been told you cannot have laser eye surgery because you have
- High prescription
- Thin corneas
- Dry eyes
- Contact lens intolerance
then you might be an ideal candidate for ReLEx SMILE ™.
What happens during the ReLEx SMILE ™ procedure?
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How does ReLEX SMILE ™ laser eye surgery work?
The surgery is in three steps.
During the ReLEX SMILE ™ procedure, the laser eye surgeon applies eye anaesthetic drops to numb your eye.
Then, the laser places a series of precise pulses in the centre of your cornea. The pulse forms tiny bubbles that outline the tissue that the surgeon must move to change the shape of the cornea.
The laser creates a tiny connecting tunnel through which the surgeon removes the tissue.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of ReLEx SMILE ™ laser eye surgery compared to conventional LASIK?
Advantages over LASIK
- Healing time is faster
- Zero flap complications
- Can safely treat thinner corneas
- Can more safely treat those with dry eyes
- Can treat high prescriptions
- The procedure is more comfortable for the patient
- The actual procedure is shorter in duration
Disadvantages compared to LASIK
- Not everyone is suitable for this procedure