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ReLEx Smile Laser

ReLEx SMILE, the third generation laser vision correction procedure, is the latest tool in the armamentarium of refractive surgeons. The one laser, flapless, bladeless, minimally invasive technique combines exquisite precision, safety, predictability and comfort for the patient

 

 

 BENEFITS OF SMILE
  ► Bladeless
  ► Flapless

Decrease severity and duration of tear film dysfunction
  ► One Laser treatment - single step, short treatment duration
  ► Highly precise
  ► Refractive treatment unaffected by ambient conditions eg., humidity, temperature
  ► Superior biomechanical stability

 

 

FAQs

Q1. How is SMILE different from other refractive procedures?

Ans. Unlike in all other laser eye surgery procedures, the corneal tissue is not ablated using an excimer laser. ReLEx SMILE is totally laser operated procedure that uses proven Femto Second laser technique & is absolutely flapless & bladeless. Quick procedure & early recovery are among the other key advantages that SMILE has over conventional refractive procedures.

Q2. Can I get rid of my spectacles/contact lenses permanently after undergoing SMILE?

Ans. Yes, SMILE is a permanent treatment. The cornea is reshaped to its ideal shape using femto second laser technology, this corrects the vision forever & the patient need not wear any aid for distant vision in future.

Q3. How many patients worldwide have undergone SMILE?

Ans. SMILE is a  solution offered at centers of excellence for vision across the globe. To date, more than 380,000 eyes have been successfully treated with SMILE. The technique is based on the proven femtosecond technology that has been in use for several years & is considered to be safe.

Q4. Is SMILE safe for people wearing contact lenses?

Ans. SMILE is an exemplary technique for correcting your vision. It is  effective & safe for people wearing contact lenses. Although your surgeon might ask you to discontinue wearing lenses for a couple of days before surgery.

Q5. Is SMILE painful or does it cause any redness or hypersensitivity in eyes?

Ans. SMILE is minimally & virtually painless method that does not involve use of needles or surgical blades. The entire procedure is laser operated & gets over in few minutes.

There are no cases of hypersensitivity or redness reported with SMILE.

Q6. How long does SMILE procedure take?

Ans. Short duration of surgery & early recovery are amongst the many benefits that come with the advanced procedure of SMILE. The entire procedure gets over in less than 12 minutes for both eyes.

Q7. What are the chances of dry eyes?

Ans. According to various studies, SMILE is less invasive & preserves most of the nerves while LASIK having a big flap (18mm) makes significant changes to the corneal nerves. Hence chances of dry eyes in case of SMILE are lesser than in LASIK.

Q8. Can I drive back home immediately after surgery?

Ans. No, for the first few hours after surgery, your eyes will remain sensitive to light & the vision remains blurred therefore driving is not recommendable so soon. You can Start driving within a day although you might be expected to put on sunglasses for few days while going outdoors.

Q9. Can I start working on my computer immediately after SMILE?

Ans. Unlike LASIK, SMILE is gentler to eyes hence you can start working on computers within a day of surgery. But you may need to go a bit easy for initial few days by taking frequent breaks & using the prescribed eye drop regularly.

Q10. When can I start wearing eye make-up after undergoing SMILE?

Ans. You can start wearing eye make-up & get beauty parlor treatments after a week's time ( after having checked with your doctor on your post treatment visit ). It is advisable to use cosmetic that you used before surgery to ensure that you are not allergic.

Q11. Will SMILE be an obstruction for conducting cataract treatment in later years of life?

Ans. No, however it is good to keep your cataract doctor informed about the SMILE treatment. There is neither any hindrance to surgery nor does it affect the outcome of surgery.

Q12. Even after undergoing SMILE, do I still need to wear reading glasses in old age?

Ans. As the person's age increases, ability of the eye to focus on nearby objects decreases. This being age related process, is irreversible & called Presbyopia. Therefore, some people may need reading glasses after the age of 40 for near vision while their distant vision continues to remain corrected.

Q13. Am I eligible to donate my eyes after undergoing SMILE?

Ans. Yes. SMILE is not a reason for any risk factor related to eye donation.

Q14. Will undergoing SMILE in any way affect my prospects of joining army/air force?

Ans. Indian army / air force accepts refractive surgery but there are certain conditions. The principal criteria are the individual must be older than 20 years before undergoing surgery, & that it ought to have been done 6 months or 1 year before the medical examination. Individual with high refractive errors ( >6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded, Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness. Candidates who have undergone LASIK / SMILE & who fulfills all other necessary criteria may be considered for joining defence forces.
( Ref: http://www.careerairforce.nic.in )

Q15. How soon can i resume back to my work after undergoing SMILE?

Ans. You are required to rest on the day of surgery & may need to take rest for a day or two before returning to work