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ReLEx® SMILE is an innovative keyhole laser surgery used to correct vision in people with severe myopia or shortsightedness. SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction. It is a bladeless, minimally invasive procedure and a great alternative to LASIK surgery.
SMILE is rapidly becoming a mainstream laser eye surgery. The technique is relatively new in India, but more than 3 million eyes have been corrected using SMILE across the globe.
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Pristyn Care is a dedicated healthcare provider emphasizing on patient-centric approach. We leverage the most advanced technology to help patients get a clear vision. Being one of the best eye centers in India, we ensure that all the latest and standard technologies are available at our centers, including SMILE, Contoura Vision, Femto LASIK, SBK, PRK, and others.
Our clinics are located in various cities all across the country, and at each clinic, we have a dedicated team of ophthalmologists who have more than 10 years of experience in performing all types of eye surgeries, especially LASIK. We have also partnered with many hospitals all across India to make best-in-class treatment easily accessible for patients. You can visit the nearest Pristyn Care clinic or hospital to consult our experts and get optimal treatment.
The SMILE LASIK surgery involves using a state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser. The surgery works as follows-
The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes for both eyes, and the laser is used minimally.
A wider range of people can opt for SMILE, especially the ones who couldn’t qualify for standard LASIK or LASEK. Generally, it is the following factors that make an individual ineligible for other types of LASIK but suitable for SMILE LASIK-
The final decision to perform SMILE LASIK is up to the eye doctor. He/she will check the patient’s eyes and inform whether or not the patient can benefit from the treatment procedure.
Once a patient is scheduled to undergo SMILE surgery, the doctor and his/her team will provide instructions for preparations-
On the day of surgery, follow the instructions below-
Immediately after the surgery, expect to feel slight discomfort in the eyes. The eyes will be watery and red, which is normal. The doctor will prescribe medications and suggest wearing an eye shield or protective glasses to prevent rubbing or poking. The vision will improve within the next few hours after surgery. It is best to sleep a couple of hours after the surgery so when you wake up, the scratchiness and itchiness in the eye will go away.
In the upcoming days, it will be better to take ample rest and avoid activities that can damage the eyes. Watching television and using digital devices is permitted after 2-3 days.
When the doctor suggests SMILE LASIK to a patient, he/she also clarifies the risks and benefits of the procedure. Here are some common risks associated with SMILE surgery.
Though SMILE LASIK is very different from other types of laser eye surgeries, it has significant benefits.
Studies have shown that SMILE potentially provides biomechanical stability to the cornea and spares the anterior corneal lamellar tissues. Thus, in some senses, it is considered better than other types of LASIK surgery.
The key difference between these two techniques is the method of the incision. In LASIK, a 300+ degree circular flap incision is created. Unlike this, in SMILE, a smaller 60-degree incision is created into the pocket of the underlying cap of tissue.
On average, the cost of SMILE LASIK is around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1,20,000. The actual cost will be different for each patient. It will be better to get an estimate from the healthcare provider.
Generally, it is safe to drive after 1-2 weeks of having SMILE surgery. As every eye’s healing time is different, it is advised to consult the doctor before resuming driving and other activities that require focus.
Yes, it is possible to perform SMILE LASIK twice, but the second procedure won’t be as simple as the first. There will be more risks in performing a second refractive surgery. As each eye is unique, some patients may not be eligible for a second procedure.
The results of SMILE LASIK take only a few hours to appear. However, the vision may take around 1 to 6 months to stabilize. The exact timeline varies for each patient. The recovery from the surgery will take around 2-4 weeks. And throughout this period, the patient has to follow the following instructions carefully.
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