About ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extaction) is the latest laser eye surgery technique available used to treat short sightedness with or with out astigmatism. ReLEx SMILE uses state of the art femtosecond technology to create a high precision lenticule, which is removed through a small incision in an intact cornea. ReLEx SMILE is a flapless and minimally invasive surgery.

ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery Procedure

The patient’s eye is anaesthetized with eye drops and a lid speculum is positioned to prevent the eye from blinking. A refractive lenticule and small incision is created inside the intact cornea.

The lenticule is then removed through the incision with minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.

Removing the lenticule will change the shape of the cornea and achieving the desired refractive correction.

The surgery procedure is then undertaken using a Visumax femtosecond laser as a single step. The procedure takes around 10 minutes on each eye.

Suitable Patients for ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

The surgery is suitable for both males and females over the age of 18 and between 40 who are at a good health condition both mentally and physically.

Before ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

• Patients must arrange for someone to come to the hospital with them and assist them for at least a day at home

• Patients must not wear makeup before the surgery

• Patients must stop taking any medication and herbal supplements a day before the surgery

• Contact lenses must not be worn from a week before the surgery

After ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

• Patients can return to their normal activities within 2 to 3 days

• Patients must avoid wearing make up and cosmetics and lenses for at least 2 weeks after the surgery

• Patients can return to work after 2 to 3 days from the surgery

• Medication including eye drops which may be prescribed by the ophthalmologist must be taken correctly on time

Risks of ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

With every surgery there are some risks, with ReLEx SMILE there is a slight possibility of complications to occur like

• Halos

• Starbusts

• Dry eyes

• Corneal ectasia

• Optical imbalance

Definition

Cornea – transparent part of the eye covering the iris and pupil

Astigmatism –the front surface of the eye is less round and more irregular in shape so the image does not focus clearly on the retina in the back of the eye, which can result in poor vision and glare

Lid speculum – an instrument used to keep the eyes wide open and free from blinking

Incision – surgical cut made in the skin during surgery or treatment

Short sightedness – Objects that are closer can be seen clearly but those that are away can’t be seen.

Corneal ectasia –inner layers of the cornea weakening

First day of ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

The patient will attend a consultation with the ophthalmologist and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the treatment. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the clinic the next day.

Second day of ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

The ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery will be performed. The surgery usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. If the treatment is done on both eyes then the duration will take up to 25 minutes using a visumax Femtosecond laser device. The surgery is done with local anesthetic and once the surgery is over and the patient is feeling better, they are able to go to their settlement.

Third day of ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery check up and consultation. If they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results were all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to go back to their normal routine.

Notes

• Trip schedule may vary. medicTurkey patient relations will provide you a detailed trip schedule before the travel.

• For details on accommodation, transportation and other services, please check the SERVICES page.

What is a ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery?

ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extaction) is the latest laser eye surgery technique available used to treat short sightedness with or with out astigmatism.

How is ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery done?

The patient is given anesthesia drops to numb the eye. A refractive lenticule and small incision is created inside the intact cornea. The lenticule is then removed through the incision with minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.

How long does ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery take?

The surgery usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. If the treatment is done on both eyes then the duration will take up to 25 minutes.

How long do I need to stay at hospital?

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for ReLEx SMILE eye surgery is 2-3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

Who can have ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery?

The surgery is available for both males and females who are between the age of 18 – 40 who are at a good health condition and mentally and physically healthy.

When can I return to work?

Patients are able to return to work after 2 days from the surgery, but are advised to return to work after a week to reduce risks of injury.

Are there any risks of ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery?

With every surgery there are some risks, with ReLEx SMILE there is a slight possibility of complications to occur like

  • Halos
  • Starbusts
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Optical imbalance

Devices used in ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery

A Femtosecond laser device is used to perform the surgery.

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Hello,
Could you contact me for details about relex smile surgery package.
Kind regards,

Dear Mark,
We will be contacting you soon about the details of the surgery.
Kind regards,

hello , is there any long term complications for the vemto smile surgery ????

Dear Rami,
Every surgery may have complications and side effects. ReLEx Smile surgery is no different.
Above we have listed the risks. It is very rare for these risks to occur but if any unexpected event occurs, we can guarantee that, we will do our best to recover it on our cost.
Kind regards,

hi, i want to know the price of this smile eye operation, and how much it would be with 3 days acomodation and flight.

Dear Olimpia,

The price of ReLEx Smile is 2490€ including all about surgeries of 2 eyes, accommodation for 3 nights and airport-hospital transfers.

Kind regards,

hi can you give me the price with any option ...just the surgery for the Femto smile

Dear Ibrahim,
The price at the moment is 2490€ including all about surgeries of 2 eyes, accommodation for 3 nights and airport-hospital transfers.
Kind regards,

Stephanie Clarke

Hi can you please let me know how much this surgery costs and does it include the 3 day stay in Turkey?

Dear Stephanie,
We do not have a package price set for ReLEx Smile Surgery so we will send you a current price offer to your E-mail address with hotel and transfers included and not included prices.
Kind regards,

Sebastian Alaerts

Hello,

What's the price for a Relax Smile laser opertion (both eyes)

Best regards

Sebastian Alaerts

Dear Sebastian,
We do not have a package price set for ReLEx Smile Surgery so we will send you a current price offer to your E-mail address with hotel and transfers included and not included prices.
Kind regards,

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