ReLEx®SMILE: 3rd Generation Laser Refractive Surgery
Atlas Eye Specialist Clinic is the first and only private specialised eye centre independently owned and operated exclusively by ophthalmic surgeons to offer ReLEx® SMILE. ReLEx® SMILE is the next generation laser strategy after LASIK and Surface Ablation/ PRK.
ReLEx®SMILE melds the best qualities of both techniques, which include, doing away with stripping off the surface of the cornea (as in surface ablation) or creating a flap (as in LASIK). The goal is to offer the best of both worlds.
Patients experience minimal discomfort whilst benefiting from reduction in risk of dry eye. Potential long term benefits include avoiding complication relating to cornea flaps (dislodgement and epithelial in-growth), maintenance of corneal strength and improvements in stability of refractive surgical results.
Speed and Comfort of ReLEx®SMILE
ReLEx®SMILE represents the beginning of a new era of refractive surgery, on the grounds of its significant advantages in terms of the patient’s comfort. Because there is no need to pass from one laser to another – as in the LASIK procedure – there is no need for the patient to change their position. This is the main reason why the laser procedure only takes about 24 seconds regardless of the amount of refractive correction required.
The ReLEx®SMILE Advantage
- Increase corneal and refractive stability (flapless technique with small incision)
- Gentle yet rapid treatment (24 seconds laser time)
- Less dry eyes (key hole/ small incision of 2–4 mm)
- Rapid healing (incision sizes 5 times smaller than LASIK)
- Wide treatment range for myopia and astigmatism
- Myopia:–0.50 to –10.00D,
- Astigmatism: 0 to 5.00D
Who is ReLEx®SMILE most suitable for?
ReLEx® SMILE is suitable for individuals between the age of 18 and above with myopia and astigmatism. Patients with active lifestyles or who just want to avoid the risk of flap dislodgement in LASIK or the longer period of visual recovery and discomfort of PRK, may consider SMILE as a viable alternative.
SMILE is often chosen for its :
- Gentler suction pressure
- Short surgical time
- Minimal interruption of the eye surface
- Advantages in maintaining eye structural strength
- Reduced dry eyes issues
- Better long term outcomes in terms of refractive stability
The ReLEx®SMILE procedure
ReLEx® SMILE (often known simply as SMILE, which stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is, by its less invasive nature, a method that allows vision correction without the need to create a flap (LASIK) or remove the top surface of the cornea (Surface Ablation/ PRK).
The laser procedure takes about 30 seconds, and functional vision is achieved within the first week with visual improvements continuing for a further 1 to 3 months