ReLEx SMILE (Refractive Lenticule Extraction, SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a minimally invasive approach with advantage of 100% bladeless form of laser eye surgery which does not require the cornea to be ‘flapped’. Small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is a relatively new refractive procedure designed to treat Myopia (Short sight). ReLEx SMILE is flapless, painless, bladeless procedure fully computer operated using a femtosecond laser. The ReLEx SMILE technique is performed using the highly precise advanced VisuMax femtosecond laser from Carl Zeiss AG, Germany. The SMILE procedure is the 3rd generation of laser vision correction after PRK and LASIK.
Kerala’s First ReLEx SMILE
ReLEx SMILE is a pain free, minimally invasive approach with the advantage of a 100% blade–free laser vision correction. This procedure involves no corneal flaps; refractive changes are made in the intact cornea itself.
Unlike the conventional procedures, ReLEx SMILE involves the creation of an extremely thin 3D layer in your intact cornea, corresponding to your refractive number that needs correction. This is then extracted out through a small keyhole incision of about 2-4mm only. As a result, the cornea gets reshaped to correspond to the ideal shape for correct vision. Entirely laser controlled, it is done in a few seconds- precise, safe and comfortable.