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How will ReLEx SMILE benefit me?

Before we delve deeper into how ReLEx SMILE surgery can help you, let us first define what this procedure means.

SMILE is an acronym for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. It is the most advanced laser refractive surgery and is minimally invasive. In this procedure, a 2-4mm incision is created via laser. A lenticule is created, and is then extracted via the same incision.Relex

What are the advantages of ReLEx® SMILE?

  • Comfortable and gentle

Many patients prefer ReLEx SMILE surgery as it is relatively painless and comfortable. As compared to LASIK, the surgeon will no longer need to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea that is needed to access the underlying cornea to remove corneal tissue. During the surgery, the patient’s eye will be anaesthetised using eye drops. A single 24 second laser is then used to create a small incision of less than 4 mm. This is gentler on the eye and allows a faster recovery period.

  • Zero flap complications

ReLEx® SMILE is carried out under the surface of the cornea. As ReLEx® SMILE is flapless, this also means that the patient will not need to worry about any flap dislodgement or displacement. This procedure is ideal for people who do contact sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts or soccer.

  • Stable refractive outcomes

As compared to traditional LASIK, ReLEx® SMILE surgery is not just effective and predictable.  This procedure also provides stability that is superior to other laser treatments.

  • Minimally invasive

Due to the smaller wound created, ReLEx® SMILE results in a much stronger eye and less discomfort and tearing right after the surgery. With the use of a small incision, fewer corneal nerves are disrupted during the procedure, resulting in lower incidences of dry eyes as compared to LASIK. Patients are also less or totally not dependent on lubricating eyedrops months after the procedure.


  • Changes in vision can be seen in just a few hours

Another great thing about ReLEx SMILE is that your vision will start to improve in just a few hours after your surgery. You will achieve functional vision within the first 24 hours, and vision will continue to improve steadily in the coming days and weeks after surgery. You are advised to take at least 3 days off work to allow your eyes to heal faster. You will need to return to the clinic the next day for a follow up.

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Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Despite a nearly 30 years’ history of LASIK or Refractive Surgery, there are still some myths among those who are concerned about the procedure. Let’s discuss the common myths that we usually encounter nowadays.


Myth #1: LASIK or Refractive Surgery is painful.

Truth: Generally, there will not be any pain sensation on the eye during the Refractive Surgery procedure. The reason being is your eye doctor will instill anaesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. The anaesthetic effect will usually last until the whole procedure has been completed. Therefore, you will feel no pain even after you step out the operation theatre. However, there might be mild grittiness or stinging sensation which will usually last for the first few hours after the procedure. With the World’s most advanced Refractive Surgery – Small Lenticule Extraction (ReLEx Smile), it greatly reduces the mild grittiness that may occur after the procedure.

Myth #2: LASIK or Refractive Surgery may cause blindness.

Truth: Although nowadays Refractive Surgery is performed under high levels of safety, it is still considered as a surgery whereby certain risks may be involved. However, the number of blind cases due to Refractive Surgery is still ZERO in Singapore. Therefore, a thorough eye examination followed by doctor’s consultation are important to review all benefits and risks of Refractive Surgery before making decision.

Myth #3: I will not need any eyeglasses after LASIK or Refractive Surgery

Truth: Our vision may change with time regardless of any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at certain phase of life after the procedure. For instance, all of us will start to have reading difficulty when we reach the age of 40 to 50s due to the loss of crystalline lens elasticity – Presbyopia. Eyeglasses with near reading prescription can easily overcome this issue.

Myth #4: Laser may burn your eyes.

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Truth: A “cold” laser named Excimer is used in certain Refractive Surgery. “Cold” laser means that it does not burn the corneal cells, in fact, it disrupts the molecular bond that holds together the corneal cells. However, some patients may report burning smell during the procedure. The odour is from the chemical reaction of the laser on the cornea. Some refractive surgery machines have a build-in vacuum device to remove the odour.


Myth #5: There are permanent side effects from LASIK or Refractive Surgery.

Truth: Laser surgery is still considered a surgery, and with every surgery there are risks involved. One common side effect after LASIK is dry eyes, and they usually lessen with time. However, in a small number of patients, it may be permanent. This can be overcome by the use of lubricating eyedrops.

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How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?

How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?

Cataracts begin to develop when the lens inside the eye has started to become cloudy. This occurs due to aging. In some cases, younger people may also develop this condition due to other medical conditions. These include patients with diabetes or any other inflammatory conditions. Patients with previous history of trauma to the eye may also develop cataracts at a younger age.

Below are some signs that you may have a cataract:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Colours appear less rich as before
  • Night vision problems such as glares and haloes
  • Seeing a ‘film’ over the eye
  • Blurred vision that is not able to be corrected by glassescataract

Patients may not notice the effects of cataracts during the initial stages as changes to vision are usually minimal. As the cataract progresses, patients may notice that their vision is gradually affected and might find it hard to complete their day-to-day tasks such as driving, cooking or reading. Once this occurs, you are advised to visit an eye specialist to get your eyes checked.

What treatments are available for cataracts?

The progression of cataracts may be slowed down by wearing sun protection such as sunglasses and hats, having a balanced diet and controlling systemic conditions such as diabetes. However, the only effective treatment available for cataracts is surgery. It is commonly misunderstood that a cataract should be “ripe” before it can be removed. Surgery may be advised once the doctor examines your eyes and patients find that impaired vision caused by the cataracts is interfering with their daily activities.

With advancements in technology, cataracts can now be treated via keyhole cataract surgery. A small incision is made and the cataract is broken down and removed via that small incision. An intraocular lens implant is then inserted. With the suitable lens implant, patients can achieve good satisfactory vision.

Post-operatively, patients are required to instill eyedrops to prevent infections and to allow quick recovery. They are also advised to return to see the surgeon for regular post op follow-ups.

Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedures performed today. It is safe, fast and reliable, and is also Medisave claimable.



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Why Is My Vision Blurred?

Blurred vision may be an indication that your prescription of your glasses had gone up but it can also be a indication of other eye or general conditions too.  Sudden blurry of vision is NOT normal. If you experience it, consult your eye doctor immediately.

There are several reasons for the cause of blurry vision.

 1. Your eye prescription had really gone up

As simple as it sounds, yes, it could be one of the many reasons why you are experiencing blurred vision. The Optometrist determines the degree of refractive error you have by performing a test called refraction. Your optometrist present different powered lenses to find the best combination of lenses for you to see clearly.

Treatment options: Prescription glasses, contact lenses, Orthokeratology, or refractive surgery.

Refractive surgeries options: PRK (1st generation), LASIK (2nd generation), ReLEx SMILE (3rd generation)


  1. Vision is cloudy or blurred due to cataract

Patients aged 40 and above are at a increased risk of cataract formation. Cataracts occur when there is a build-up of proteins in the lens of your eye that makes it cloudy. Patients with cataracts may complain of reduction in vision in both distance and near vision, experiencing glares, difficulty with night vision and report that colours are not as bright as before.

Treatment options: Cataract Removal Surgery


  1. Your Cornea Shape is Changing

A condition known as keratoconus is a disorder which results in a conical abnormal bulge to the front part of the eye. Keratoconus has been shown to have associations with hereditary predisposition.  Symptoms include blurry vision, distortion, multiple images seen, sensitivity to light, and mild eye irritation. 

Treatment options: Cornea cross-linking (CXL), gas permeable contact lenses, scleral and semi-scleral lenses or corneal transplant.


  1. Uncontrolled diabetes

Sudden blurry of vision may be due to condition like diabetes affecting your eyes. In cases of patient with diabetes, they experience fluctuating vision, blurred vision, or even vision loss. This condition may lead to an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. If left untreated, it may eventually lead to blindness.

Treatment options for diabetic retinopathy: Laser Photocoagulation

 If you do experience blurred vision, schedule an eye appointment with our ophthalmologist to identify the true cause of it.

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Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Q1. What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is a quick and simple procedure, which is done by an eye surgeon to reshape the cornea and improve vision. The goal of this surgery is to improve the way the eyes focus light rays onto the retina.


Q2. How long does LASIK procedure take?

The procedure will only take less than 30 minutes to finish. It is an outpatient surgery so you can go home on the same day. No need to worry about staying at the eye care center overnight to recover from the operation.


Q3. Does LASIK surgery hurts?

A lot of LASIK surgery patients report little to no discomfort during and after surgery. You will not feel pain during the procedure as the surgeon will instill anaesthetic eye drops before starting the surgery. Even during the reshaping of the cornea with lasers, you will not feel any sensation. You will also be administered with pain medication should you feel discomfort after the surgery.


Q4. How do I know if I’m qualified to undergo LASIK?

Not all patients who are keen to do corrective surgery are suitable to undergo LASIK surgery. Your eye care specialist will help you determine whether you are qualified or not.  Here are a few general guidelines for your convenience:

  • You are least 18 years old. Vision of younger patients may still change overtime so they are not yet qualified for LASIK.
  • You are not pregnant or nursing. During these stages, your hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eyes so you may not undergo LASIK.
  • You have stable vision and eyeglass prescription for 1 year prior to surgery
  • The front and back part of your eye is healthy
  • Your cornea should have sufficient thickness
  • You do not have eye conditions such as infections, ocular herpes, eye inflammation, or severe dry eyes. These eye conditions could affect postoperative healing of your eyes.
  • You do not have unmanaged diabetes or rheumatologic conditions.


Q5. How much does LASIK surgery cost?

LASIK surgery can range from $3000 onwards. The price for every operation may vary, based on your eye condition and the technology used. Atlas Eye’s LASIK packages cover 3 post-operation checkups and 2 years warranty of the surgery results. ReLEx SMILE is the next generation LASIK and it range from $5000 onwards.


Q6. What can I expect after the surgery?

After the procedure, your eyes may feel watery, or you may feel a little discomfort for a couple of hours. This is all part of the healing process and will eventually fade away. You will have functional eyesight the night of surgery or the day after the procedure. You are advised to rest for about a day or two and to avoid strenuous activity until your eyes completely heal. Remember to arrange transport on the day of your operation as you will not be allowed to drive.

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While contact lenses are safely used by millions of people every day, they can carry a significant risk of eye infection. The most common infection related to contact lens use is infective keratitis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of infective keratitis is necessary to avoid permanent visual loss from complications such as corneal scarring. Treatment, depending on the offending organism involved, involves the use of antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral eye drops, or in some cases, oral or intravenous medications.

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Corneal & External Diseases of the Eye

Although the cornea is clear and seems to lack substance, it is actually a highly organized group of cells and proteins. Unlike most tissues in the body, the cornea contains no blood vessels to nourish or protect it against infection. Instead, the cornea receives its nourishment from the tears and aqueous humor (a fluid in the anterior portion of the eye) that fills the chamber behind it. The cornea must remain transparent to refract light properly, and the presence of even the tiniest blood vessels can interfere with this process. To see well, all layers of the cornea must be free of any cloudy or opaque areas.

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The retina is a layer of nerve lines at the back of the eye. A network of tiny blood vessels supplies blood to the retina. The retina becomes damaged when blood vessels leaks, become blocked or grow haphazardly due to persistent high blood sugar. Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by complications of insufficient diabetic control. It affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.

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Floaters are little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision. They are small, dark, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, thread-like strands, or squiggly lines. They move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. They do not follow your eye movements precisely, and usually drift when your eyes stop moving. Most people have floaters and learn to ignore them; they are usually not noticed until they become numerous or more prominent. Floaters can become apparent when looking at something bright, such as white paper or a blue sky.

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Glaucoma is an eye condition resulting in irreversible optic nerve damage. The condition can affect your vision so gradually that you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are key in minimising or preventing optic nerve damage and limiting related vision loss.Glaucoma damage may be caused by raised eye pressure, a weakness in the optic nerve or a combination of both. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the tissue pressure within the eye that allows the eyeball to maintain its shape.

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