ReLEx SMILE laser eye surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can be seen as an alternative to LASIK to correct vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness). This procedure may be preferable for some patients, including those who are wary of the recovery time associated with other laser eye surgery techniques. Examine the ReLEx SMILE procedure to determine whether it is right for you.
What is ReLEx SMILE Refractive Surgery?
Refractive surgery is a general term that refers to the different types of surgery designed to improve refractive quality. In less technical terms, these procedures are designed to help patients see more clearly without the help of glasses or contacts. In some cases, patients may not need to wear glasses or contacts at all after refractive surgery, though other patients, particularly those with very bad vision, may still need to wear corrective lenses of some sort, though at a much weaker prescription.
ReLEx (refractive lenticule extraction) SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is one of several modern surgical techniques designed to address vision problems in patients. This class of techniques includes ReLEx SMILE, LASIK and a number of other procedures, but ReLEx SMILE is a particularly good option for patients who are worried about the making a cut in the cornea in LASIK surgery. This is because this particular procedure is very short and involves a very small incision in the eye to remove corneal tissue in correcting vision.
Other laser eye surgeries tend to involve a much larger incision, and some even require the patient to move from one laser surgery machine to another in order to complete the procedure. Overall, ReLEx SMILE is fast, minimally invasive and easy to recover from, providing great results for patients.
Patients who are candidates for ReLEx SMILE surgery are generally of adult age and are not in the midst of a major vision change—that is, they have had a fairly stable prescription for the past year without major changes. Pregnant women are not candidates for the surgery, nor are most individuals with personal or family history of diseases or disorders of the eye.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery from ReLEx SMILE surgery is relatively fast compared to other forms of laser eye surgery in part because the incision required is so small. Some laser eye surgery techniques require the use of a large flap incision, which takes longer to heal. Due to this reduced healing time, ReLEx SMILE patients tend to experience less pain after surgery and may also experience fewer problems with dry eyes. Recovery instructions may be fairly similar for the two procedures, though, especially in the immediate aftermath of the surgery. Research cited by the American Academy of Ophthalmology indicates that patients receiving SMILE surgeries tend to show faster recovery across a matter of months rather than hours or days.
If you are considering laser eye surgery and want to enjoy a fast recovery time, give us a call at 323-933-3111 to find out whether ReLEx SMILE surgery might be the right choice for you.
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