ReLEx SMILE surgery

Everything You Must Learn About ReLEx Smile

ReLEx SMILE surgery is advisable for patients who have higher degrees of nearsightedness or myopia and astigmatism. It is a modern procedure that is bladeless, quick, and offers gentle vision correction.


ReLEx SMILE is the 3rd generation of laser vision correction, following PRK and LASIK.Itoffers modern advantages by eliminating the need to create a corneal flap or the lengthy healing time needed for surface ablation. This procedure only needs a small incision on the corneal surface through the use of femtosecond laser. Since the cut created on the cornea is very minimal, it allows for faster healing and littleto no discomfort.


Patients who undergo this operation can also expect the following benefits:


Intact cornea – since the procedure only needs micro incision, it leaves most of the corneal layers intact and stable

Quick procedure – compared to LASIK,ReLEx SMILE surgeryonly needs one laser so the whole operation is done much faster

  • Due to the unique way of vision correction, duration of ReLEX SMILE is the same across all degrees unlike other procedures

Minimal risk for dry eye – if you suffer from dry eye, you will less likely experience increased dryness

Recovery time is faster – since the cornea remains intact and stable, the healing process also becomes faster.



How does ReLEx SMILE work?

The first thing your doctor will do is to administer you with numbing drops to eliminate any discomfort you might feel during the surgery. Once done, the next step is to use the femtosecond laser to create a small incision along with a lenticule inside the cornea. After this, the cornealtissue or lenticule will be removed through the small cut. Once the tissues have been removed, theshape of your cornea is changed for your vision to have the correct refractive outcome.



What are the risks of undergoing ReLEX SMILE?

Similar to other surgeries, it is no secret that there are also risks associated with ReLEX SMILE.If possible, do a lot of research or ask your surgeon about it, since it will helps you weigh the pros and cons of this operation. Below are the risks of ReLEX SMILE surgery:

  • Undercorrection
  • Difficult lenticule extraction
  • Suction-loss during surgery
  • Perforated cap
  • Epithelial abrasions
  • Small tears at the incision site
  • Opaque bubble layer
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Lenticule rupture
  • Interface inflammation
  • Corneal edema
  • Cap tear
  • Interface infiltrates
  • Blurred vision
  • Haze
  • Loss of best-corrected visual acuity
  • Diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK)
  • Transient epithelial dryness


There are only a few eye care centers in Singapore that offersRelex Smile services, so be sure to choose the one that is reliable. To make sure that you are fit to undergo this surgery, visit a qualified eye care center such as Atlas Eye. This clinicis located in Paragon Medical, Orchard Road.


Atlas Eye is independently owned and operated exclusively by qualified ophthalmic surgeon. Their team’s skills and years of experience in the eye care industry make them a good option for any eye care services you may need. Headed by Dr. David Chan, their well-trained staff is known for deliveringhigh quality service at all times. Dr. David Chan has acquired his postgraduate degrees in Ophthalmology from the National University of Singapore and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a proud member of different international ophthalmology societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Asia Pacific Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.


Do you want to know more aboutAtlas Eyeand their ReLEx SMILE services? Be sure to contact them today. You may also visit their website to schedule an appointment.