Relex Smile Lasik: What is the Relex Smile Method?
The minimal invasive correction of refractive error using the most modern and latest laser eye technology Relex Smile, which we offer you in the Medistate clinic.
(ReLEx = refractive lenticule-extraction / refractive lenticule removal; smile = small incision lenticule extraction)
The Medibeauty Clinic offers laser eye surgery with this innovative high-end process and the most recent femtosecond laser Visumax from Zeiss. With the patented, gentle, safe, and flap free laser eye procedure Relex Smile, refractive errors can be corrected for myopia up to -10 dpt and astigmatism up to 5 dpt. The Relex Smile method replaces the conventional and proven LASIK method and provides an “All-Femto-LASIK” procedure. Therefore it is an eye laser procedure in which only the extremely precise femtosecond laser is used. With this method, laser eye surgery with the Visumax Femto laser is carried out. A lenticle (slice of the cornea) is prepared without the unfolding of the cornea. Then the Femto laser makes a minimal cut around the edge of the lenticle to loosen and remove the lenticle. Therefore a large incision and opening of the upper layer of the cornea (flap) (as necessary for the conventional LASIK / Femto-LASIK) is avoided. This method is very suitable for patients with thinner corneas, dry eyes, and higher refractive errors.
Discover the Advantages of the Unique Relex Smile Method
Flapless – without flap, Relex Smile has turned the world of refractive surgery on its head. A 20 mm length incision was necessary previously, now with Relex Smile, only a small incision of approximately 4mm. is required.
This has advantages in contrast to Lasik: no flap, which could still slip after the procedure in the first few days.
No large-scale opening of the cornea during laser eye treatment, protection from environmental influences such as drying of the cornea, and the flaps, which quickly leads to a varying number of treatments for over- or under-correction. Reduction of dry eye symptoms because the cover is not dissolved at the edge or folded. Infections and growths on the edge of the flaps are avoided.
Strong eye rubbing can no longer cause slipping of the flap, which can happen following a regular Lasik treatment.
High precision Lasik Correction – Even with substantial refractive error.
Minimal invasion, without damaging natural structures in the cornea.
Convenient and fast – The entire treatment takes place with only a Laser. Only one treatment step is required:
Just One Treatment Step
Relex Smile brings many factors together. The entire laser treatment is performed in a single treatment step.
- Gentle, with a shorter treatment time.
- No Odour and noise.
- Stable, regardless of ambient conditions or corneal properties.
Relex Smile for myopia and astigmatism:
Sphere: -0.50 to -10.00 D
Cylinder: 0 to 5.00 D
Spherical equivalent: -0.75 to -10.00 D
Surgical Procedure and Surgical Technique used in the ReLEx Smile Method
The laser eye treatment Relex Smile method is performed on an outpatient basis. The eye to be operated on is anesthetized with eye drops. The operation only takes a few minutes and is painless.
In the first few hours after the operation, it may be that your eye runs and is itchy. The vision may be blurry. The day after the operation, a normal vision is usually nearly achieved.
In the first weeks, there may still be slight vision changes. Final stability is usually achieved after 4-6 weeks. The Zeiss femtosecond laser VisuMax firstly cuts a thin corneal lens (lenticle) in the intact cornea, and then a small access is created as a minimal invasive tunnel.
Through this approach, the lenticle can be taken.
The particular advantage is that the cornea in the implementation of the correction retains its natural structure.
The particular advantage is that the cornea in the implementation of the correction retains its natural structure, which results in a significantly faster recovery of visual acuity and higher stability of the cornea. The outer layer of the eye is no longer evaporated punctiform as with the Excimer laser.
ReLEx Smile Risks
Operational risks can be reduced to a minimum by implementing responsible corporate quality management, but they are not entirely eradicated.
For all the complications, there are solutions. Modern technology, regular training, and the surgeons’ experience contribute significantly to the risk-minimization of Relex Smile operations.