Relex Smile: The Future of Laser Eye Surgery?

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The future is already here.

It’s not like we expected — personal robotic butlers, jetpacks, and rooms with digitised walls that make us think we are on the beach — but it most certainly is upon us.

Elon Musk is planning to deploy shuttles of people millions of kilometres into space to populate another planet. Scientists are reversing life-threatening injuries and diseases such as MS, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord damage. And expert surgeons are providing high-quality vision to millions of people, many who thought nothing could be done for them, in a matter of minutes.

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We’re not in the business of space exploration or stem cell therapy, however, we are at the forefront of the exciting and incredibly advanced field of vision correction.

And the star of the era of super quick and effective eye treatments? ReLEx SMILE surgery — a minimally invasive treatment that has transformed Laser Eye Surgery into a flapless, keyhole procedure.

What once was a doorway is now just a keyhole

“ReLEx represents the next-generation in corrective vision treatments” —Professor Dan Reinstein

Making a procedure that is already extremely safe and efficient even better is not a task for the light hearted. But that is the specialism of Professor Dan Reinstein and Mr Glenn Carp, expert laser eye surgeons here at London Vision Clinic and pioneers of the breakthrough laser eye treatment.

Unlike LASIK which requires a door or flap to be cut in the surface of the cornea to access the tissue underneath, SMILE works by means of a tiny connecting tunnel. The targeted corneal tissue is outlined with the laser, and then carefully removed through the tunnel or ‘keyhole’.

As there is only a minute incision in the surface of the cornea, recovery is dramatically less than other techniques, with the eye beginning to heal almost immediately. Most patients report a complete recovery within 12 to 24 hours and are back into their normal routines the very next day.

Speed and safety are not the only things going for ReLEx SMILE, though. The treatment also places itself head and shoulders above other vision correction procedures due to its ability to serve a wider range of prescriptions.

Professor Dan Reinstein explains:

“Generally speaking, traditional Laser Eye Surgery can only correct prescriptions up to a maximum of between -8 and -10… With ReLEx Laser Eye Surgery treatment at London Vision Clinic, people with thin corneas and those with prescriptions of higher than -10 can be treated, because we do not make a flap from the corneal surface.”

The reasoning behind this wider scope is grounded in the fact that the higher the refractive error you have, the more corneal tissue you need removing. This disqualifies many patients as most people simply don’t have a thick enough cornea to remove tissue after making a flap. As ReLEx SMILE uses an extremely precise and minuscule hole at the side of the eye, it leaves the front cornea intact and allows for some of the more demanding prescriptions to be treated.

The procedure uses the state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser, which as well as being the only femtosecond laser that doesn’t increase pressure in the eye (so you will feel nothing during the procedure), boasts more precision than any other system.

With guidance from cutting-edge 3D placement, the laser places a series of pulses on the side of the cornea, forming bubbles less than 1/1000th the width of a human hair and outlining the tissue that needs removing. The surgeon then draws out this tissue with incredibly fine tweezers.

The revolutionary approach and technology used in SMILE greatly improves safety, speed, and effectiveness of the procedure, and as result makes for a patient experience that is extremely hard to beat — now, or in the future.

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic or would like to know more about our pioneering ReLEx SMILE treatment, give us a call on 020 7224 1005.


Relex Smile: The Future of Laser Eye Surgery?