ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE
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ReLex is the latest technique in eye treatment that takes laser vision correction for short-sightedness beyond LASIK. It uses the femtosecond laser to precisely separate and then remove a ‘lenticule’ (tiny disc) of tissue to re-shape cornea and change its lens power.
Similar to LASIK, the corneal surface layer is largely untouched as such the procedures share the same benefit of minimal post-operative discomfort and rapid visual recovery.
Because no excimer treatment is necessary, the laser procedure itself is quicker and there is no ablation.
ReLEx :SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
ReLex SMILE in particular offers significant benefits: using the Femtosecond laser the
corneal surface incision (2-5mm) is much smaller, and there is no ‘flap’ so the approximately
20mm cut of LASIK is reduced by more than three-quarters. This method has minimal side
effects and is highly accurate.
Advantages of ReLEx
No pain during procedure
No chance of the flap moving, shifting, dislocating or folding
A Minimally Invasive Refractive Surgery (increased safety and reduce complications)
ReLEx has high accuracy and can be customized according to each patient’s needs
Much better for the long term stability of the cornea
Much less chance of developing dry eyes