RELEX® SMILE is the latest, innovative technology of the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. Its essence lies in the name itself – Refractive Lenticule Extraction – Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.
In this method, the change in curvature of the cornea occurs by excision with femtosecond laser of a specific layer of the cornea, called lenticule, with a thickness and shape depending on the type of vision impairments. In the method, the lenticule is removed with a small incision. It is not necessary to create the corneal flap, and only the femtosecond laser is used for the procedure.
This method is distinguished by performance precision, single stage and minimised risk of post-operative complications. A small incision determines the advantages of this method: the superficial layers of the cornea remain intact, preserving the biomechanical properties of the cornea, there is less damage to the superficial corneal nerves – which in turn reduces the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. The method allows for a minimal intervention in the structure of the eye. In the method, the most part of the cornea remains intact. To illustrate the innovation of this method it will perfect to compare the procedure to the appendectomy using the endoscopic method.
MAVIT MC as the first in Poland introduced to its services laser vision
correction procedures using the innovative method ReLEx® Smile.
Course of procedures
During the laser correction procedure using this method the patient needs to be concentrated and keep calm – he needs to look into the laser fixation light and maintain the eye and the head in a stable position. Laser cutting is not accompanied by any pain. The patient may only feel pulling which results from the immobilisation of the eye in the suction ring, as well as from mechanical delamination of the lens. Immediately after the procedure the patient takes anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops administered to the operated eye. For a few hours he can feel a slight burning and stinging under the upper eyelid (at this time the site of a small superficial incision of the cornea is being covered with epithelium). For a few days the vision may be blurred, and its full stabilisation occurs within several days after the procedure.