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
Further information about laser eye surgery
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
Read more about laser eye surgery
New refractive surgery guidelines from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, together with patient information on Laser Vision Correction, Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Lens Exchange and a Checklist for patients will be published in April 2017. Click here for more information
Take this checklist to your consultation with your refractive surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each item with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having
refractive surgery. Click here for more information
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Laser Vision Correction Patient Information booklet (PDF). Click here for more information
SMILE corrects myopia and astigmatism, or a combination of both refractive errors with only a very small incision at the corneal surface. This high-precision procedure is the latest development in the refractive laser treatments. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers.
Click here for more information
LASIK treats refractive errors by folding away the top layer of the eye and re-shaping tissue underneath. If a femtosecond laser is used, this type of procedure is called Femto-LASIK. Includes videos, treatment steps and questions and answers. Click here for more information
PRK/LASEK procedures remove a thin cell layer from the top of the eye so the laser can reshape the underlying cornea. This surgery may be an option for those who are not eligible for LASIK or those who look for the most economic option for refractive laser surgery. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers. Click here for more information
About the author
Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.