How much time does the ReLEx SMILE procedure take?
ReLEx SMILE procedure take only few minutes.The SMILE procedure uses a femtosecond laser to create a disc, or lenticule, of tissue within the cornea. The lenticule is separated from the overlying and underlying cornea with a thin blunt spatula. The lenticule is then extracted with forceps through a small corneal incision. The older FLEx procedure involves creating a corneal flap, like in Lasik surgery, to remove the lenticule.