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ReLEx SMILE

ReLEx SMILE - Advanced Laser Vision Correction for spectacle removal

ReLEx® smile is the newest and the most advanced laser technique for the gentle correction of vision defects. It is a minimally invasive treatment method which combines the extensive experience and superior safety of traditional vision correction techniques with numerous innovative benefits, high precision levels and perceptibly greater comfort during the treatment itself.

Laser Treatment Options for your eyes

Regaining your natural vision may be one of the most important experiences in your life. Refractive Laser treatment has been performed on millions of patients and people world-wide are enjoying the numerous benefits of LASIK. You can be one of them.

 Laser Vision Correction Options:

Ø  PRK

Ø  C –Lasik (Customised Lasik)

Ø  Blade Less Lasik (Femto LASIK)

Ø  ReLEx & SMILE

 ReLEx SMILE is a further advancement over LASIK / Femto-LASIK.  Developed by Carl Zeiss Meditec, pioneers in the field of refractive technology and world leaders in medical technology, this technique is a breakthrough in laser vision correction, offering a whole new level of precision, safety and comfort.  With ReLEx smile you can look forward to superior visual outcomes that no other correction techniques can offer.
 
ReLEx SMILE  - The very best for your eyes

ReLEx SMILE is a new innovative treatment for precise and sensitive treatment of vision defects.  For the first time ReLEx smile offers patients the possibility to undergo refractive correction without the need for a flap cut.  The procedure, is the first and only bladeless and flapless minimally invasive 3D technique to visual freedom.

Older vision correction techniques involve making a thin flap on the cornea and folding it back, for  the tissue to be vapourized, point by point, using an excimer laser.   ReLEx smile is different.  The procedureinvolves the creation of an extremely thin 3D layer in your intact cornea., corresponding to your refractive number that needs correction, which is then removed through a small keyhole incision (about 2 – 3 mm).  This reshapes your cornea closer to its ideal shape allowing the light rays to exactly focus on the retina for sharper and clearer image.  Entirely laser controlled, it is done in a few minutes – precise, safe and comfortable.

The ReLEx smile technique is performed using the highly precise advanced VisuMax femtosecond laser from Carl Zeiss AG, Germany.  This laser system has impressed both the patients and the physicians alike with its sophisticated technology, its precision and its reliability.  ReLEx using VisuMax permits accuracy down to the nearest micrometer precision.

ReLEx SMILE gives you the real freedom to jump out of bed ready for anything and not search for the pair of glasses or going through the ritual of applying contact lenses.

 
SMILE Advantages

SMILE is a new technique for the minimally invasive laser correction of vision defects. This innovative treatment technique yields a whole range of benefits:
 
Your Advantage

  The cornea surface is left untouched, preserving its biomechanical strength and stability better than other techniques.
  Inflammation is reduced to negligible as the total laser energy used is upto 10 times lesser than an excimer laser.
  Likeliness of dry eyes is significantly lowered, since no flap is created.
  There is no use of surgical cutting instruments and involves no change of equipment during the treatment.
  The entire process takes place in one easy step with unmatched precision for an excellent visual outcome.


Since this procedure is minimally invasive, it involves minimum intervention and therefore less after care is required, enabling you to enjoy your new visual sensation right from day one.

Patient views on SMILE

Patients often research carefully in advance into the different treatment options, the conditions and consequences of such procedures, as well as into suitable laser centers.  In a survey of around 105 patients carried out 4 to 12 weeks after the operation, on their experience with ReLEx® smile before, during and after the treatment, following were the findings:

 
Did you opt for ReLEx® smile because this method involves only minimum intrusion to the cornea?

 

 

Why did you not decide on an alternative treatment method (e. g. LASIK or PRK)?

 

Which of the following statements are applicable to you?
I consciously chose ReLEx® smile as a treatment method because ...*

ReLEx smile
Expectations more than fulfilled

A full 98 % of the patients stated that their expectations regarding ReLEx®  smile had either been “exceeded” or “far exceeded”. The latter was claimed by 53.2 % of those treated.

97.1 % of the patients rated their visual acuity on the first day after treatment as either “good” or “very good”.  53.3 % reported “very good” perceived visual acuity.

One of the most gratifying experiences reported by the respondents was being able to see their partner, friends, parents or own reflection without glasses or contact lenses for the first time. The ability to carry out everyday activities with no restrictions gave the patients a completely new sensation of freedom – a perception which started on the very first day after the operation.

With regard to their enhanced quality of life, 68.6 % stated that they were “very satisfied”. The remaining31.4 % of the respondents were at least “satisfied” with the enhanced quality of life. None of those taking part in the survey reported being “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied”.


Did the following treatment characteristics apply to your personal ReLEx® smile treatment?

Would you recommend ReLEx® smile to others?