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ReLEx® (Refractive LEnticule Extraction) SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extaction) is the very latest laser eye surgery techniques used to treat short-sightedness, with or without astigmatism. This treatment is available in only a few laser eye surgery clinics worldwide. Patients get all the benefits of LASIK – rapid healing and very little discomfort – but now without having a corneal flap.

No ablation No flap

ReLEx® SMILE uses state-of-the-art femtosecond technology to create a high-precision lenticule that is removed through a small incision in an intact cornea. It converts the roughly 20 mm side cut of LASIK to a small incision of less than 4 mm.

Your eye is anaesthetised with eye drops and a lid speculum is gently positioned to prevent you from accidently blinking. The whole treatment process is then undertaken using our Visumax femtosecond laser as a single step.

The whole treatment usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes, the actual laser is in operation for only a tiny fraction of this time, and after a quick post operative check by your surgeon, you are free to go. The recovery from ReLEx is quite comfortable and the visual recovery quick. You will have functional vision when you get up off the couch but it is always wise to take a few days off after your surgery. Follow up appointments are generally the next day, then between 7 and 14 days, then 1, 3 and 6 months later. We tend to judge the success ReLEx SMILE treatment at about one month but we will keep a check on your progress for at least 9 to 12 months.

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