SMILE is short for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and ReLEx stands for Refractive Lenticule Extraction. SMILE eye surgery is used to treat short-sightedness both with and without astigmatism. The technique of SMILE has similar benefits to more well-known techniques such as LASIK surgery, but there is an important difference of treatment that it is done without the need for a corneal flap, which minimizes the risk of complications. This leads to no chance of the flap moving, shifting, dislocating or folding, there is a less chance of developing dry eyes and is better for the long term stability of the cornea. The process takes place in a closed environment, without outside contact. Unaffected by outside temperature, humidity, draft, etc. which increases the precision.
- Fast treatment
The ReLEx SMILE treatment takes less than 15 minutes for each eye, and the laser used is for a small fraction of time. This is the best option for patients who have concerns and reservations about going under the laser.
- Quick recovery
Laser eye surgery has always offered a very fast recovery times but ReLEx SMILE just got even better for the recovery. Most of patients find that their vision is substantially better after just a few hours and many of them improved within a few weeks. Most of the patients get back to normal life within a day or two after treatment.
- Better stability
This technique involves making only a tiny incision into the corneal tissue and no flap is created. Not only the recovery times are better but it’s also better for the stability of the cornea. The less invasive surgical procedure is the better, the better results it gets.
- Low risk of complications
LASIK eye surgery or Laser eye surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures you can have but ReLEx SMILE is leading the way. Due to the minimally fast-growing nature of the treatment, the risk of this type of surgery is low, and there’s even less chance of experiencing side effects such as dry eyes.
- Less discomfort
This treatment involves a very small incision being made and uses no flap, which means a lower risk of dry eyes and shorter recovery times. In short, it all adds up to less discomfort throughout the whole procedure.
- Greater likelihood of eligibility
If you have previously been told that you’re not eligible for LASIK eye surgery, then you’re not necessarily out of options. More patients are eligible for ReLExSMILE eye surgery than other types of laser eye surgery, so consult to your eye experts to see if it could work for you.