ReLEx ® SMILE laser eye surgery2019-02-11T12:12:21+00:00

ReLEx SMILE laser eye surgery

The most minimally invasive form of LASIK to maximise comfort and speed-up recovery
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What is SMILE?

SMILE is the latest generation of laser vision correction with a 10-year history and 1,000,000 successful procedures and counting
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Who can SMILE help?

Can you see yourself below?

YOU’RE 20 TO 39

You’re frustrated with blurred or double vision, haziness, glare, halos around bright lights, squinting, headaches, or eye strain. You find glasses a hassle or worry about contact lens dangers. If that describes you, I can help you see better without the need for glasses and contact lenses.

YOU’RE 40 TO 49

You have been frustrated with your glasses or contact lenses all your life. Or, you have just begun to become annoyed with your new need for reading glasses. If that’s you, I can help you see clearly without either.

Live a richer life without glasses or contact lenses

SMILE is an ideal solution if you want a safe and effective treatment for short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism

GAIN CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION AT BOTH DISTANCE AND NEAR

Imagine seeing the world without the need for glasses or contact lenses. You’ll have a freedom that some patients call “life-changing”.

FEEL MORE CONFIDENCE AND CONVENIENCE

Most patients say they wish they’d done it sooner. You may feel more confident and will certainly experience more convenience.

IMAGINE AN AVERAGE DAY WITHOUT GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES

Awaken ready to face the world free from spectacles. Take a shower without the blurriness. Work and exercise without glasses or the dryness of contact lenses. Avoid the everyday chance of contact lens infection. Fall asleep, without worrying about leaving your lenses in.

BE FREE OF THE BARRIER BETWEEN YOU AND OTHERS

Whether we like it or not, other people rate people based on appearances. Glasses can be an appendage that needlessly divides us. Ditch their limiting nature and live glasses-free.

ALL THE BENEFITS OF LASIK, WITHOUT THE FLAP

ReLEx SMILE offers you the same visual results of LASIK, without any of risk of historical complications associated with the flap used in LASIK. It is, without a doubt, the most advanced approach to treating short-sightedness and astigmatism.

Vision correction enables you to experience a richer life without spectacles or contacts

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My patients love their lives after vision correction

“Mr Shortt was very patient and kind with me while I had a little bit of a freak out directly before surgery. He quickly put me at ease and reassured me that nothing would be done until I was 100% ok with it. I cannot recommend Mr Shortt and his team highly enough, patient, caring and very professional.”

Nicki O.

“Quite simply the best medical experience I’ve had. Mr Shortt’s knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail was faultless and the aftercare absolutely Impeccable.”

DC

“I cannot recommend Mr Shortt highly enough. Very organised and gets back to you quickly with any questions you have. Is very thorough in his explanations and makes you feel at ease before surgery. Surgery was quick and the results were brilliant. Aftercare was top notch as well.”

Ross G.

“I had LASIK done 2 weeks ago and it was the best decision ever! The procedure was very quick, painless and the result was instant. Dr Alex Shortt was very competent and easy to talk to. He’s calm, knowledgeable and a charming person.”

Natasha, LASIK

“Mr Alex Shortt successfully performed Lens Replacement Surgery on both my eyes on the 13th October 2017. The care that I have received from Alex and his team through out the process has been amazing. Choosing Mr Shortt as my surgeon was one of the best decisions that I have made. I would very highly recommend Mr Shortt. l will always be grateful to Alex for the amazing care and results I’ve received – thank you!”

Roma A., Lens replacement

“Excellent care by a first class consultant. Would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Alex Shortt. Puts you at ease, explains every aspect of the treatment he is going to adminster and his care and professionalism are excellent. He is simply the best.”

Lorraine B.

“Don’t want to write a load of waffle so people get bored. All I can say is if you are thinking of having eye surgery go and speak to Mr Shortt. You won’t be disappointed. We need more surgeons of his high standard in the UK.”

Andy D.

“Mr Alex Shortt’s manner and brilliant skills are of the highest professional and caring standard one could ever expect to receive. I am now living in a bright new world no longer needing spectacles after wearing bifocal lenses for the past 24 years.”

Laura D
“I can honestly say the care I’ve received has been outstanding. Nothing has ever been too much trouble, he has taken the time to explain everything in detail, and has gone above and beyond on multiple occasions to ensure I get everything I need. He has always treated me respectfully and ensured we have made decisions together. I’ll always be grateful to Alex for the amazing care I’ve received.”
Wilson

“During the procedure Dr Shortt explained what he was doing every step of the way. This really made me feel at ease and reassured throughout. He made the whole procedure very simple.”

Lina

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Supplementary information about SMILE eye surgery

In my expert hands, you certainly don’t need to know all of the information I’ve included in the toggles below. If you’d like to know how it all works, however, open them and learn more.
SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a minimally invasive procedure, which can correct higher degrees of myopia (short sightedness). SMILE is suitable for individuals with or without astigmatism.

When we are assessing someone for laser eye surgery, we need to make sure that they have a stable prescription, a healthy eye and they have a cornea that is the correct shape and strength to withstand the effects of surgery.

So, the types of conditions that stop people from having laser eye surgery are divided up into eye conditions where people have either severe dry eye or any other abnormality of the shape of the cornea such as keratoconus.

Typically, we also avoid doing laser eye surgery on patients who are on certain systemic medicines, that is tablets or injections which could include a substance that could be deposited in the cornea or which could prevent the healing of the cornea.

The last group of reasons that we have for not wanting to do laser eye surgery on patients is systemic conditions, including bodily diseases such as diabetes or conditions where the collagen in the body is abnormal, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome.

We assess the suitability of someone for laser eye surgery in three steps.

The first step is to have a series of very sophisticated scans which examine the health of the eye but in particular focus on the cornea to see whether the cornea is sufficiently thick, is a suitable shape and sufficiently strong to withstand the effects of laser eye surgery.

The second step is then for you to see one of our Optometrists, who is a specialist in prescribing glasses. We will check your glasses prescription, ensure that the glasses you are wearing or the contact lenses you are wearing are at the correct prescription and that there has been no change that could affect the outcome of laser eye surgery.

The third step is for you to see me, your Consultant Ophthalmologist, who ultimately is responsible for your care and for performing the surgery on you. I will discuss with you your scans, ensure that it is safe for you to have laser eye surgery and help you decide which form of laser eye surgery is the correct form for you. In some cases, laser eye surgery is not suitable for you, and in that case, we have other alternatives, such as lens implant surgery, which I will discuss with you.

Relex SMILE is the name given to the third generation of laser eye surgery. It was developed to overcome many of the drawbacks of previous generations of laser eye surgery.

The procedure itself involves a Femtosecond laser to sculpt and correct the shape of the cornea into the shape that is required to focus light on the surface of the retina without any need for glasses or contact lenses.

The way the laser does this is it works deep within the cornea to free up and shape what we call the lenticule that is effectively the shape of a lens within the cornea.

The laser then makes a tiny 3 mm incision in the edge of the cornea and with a very tiny pair of forceps we reach into the cornea and remove the excess tissue and thereby the shape of the cornea alters and the glasses prescription is corrected.

SMILE is the third generation of laser eye surgery and combines the benefits of both LASEK and LASIK without any of the drawbacks of either.

With SMILE, no flap is created, so the eye is more comfortable postoperatively than other laser eye surgery techniques and there is no risk of tearing open the LASIK flap with a blow to the eye.

It is, therefore, an excellent choice for those who play contact sports and watersports.

The procedure takes a matter of minutes.

Benefits of ReLEx SMILE:

  • A proven vision correction method with over 1.5 million patients having been treated over 11 years
  • Research indicates that 98 per cent of patients achieve their desired vision after ReLEX SMILE treatment
  • Quick procedure
  • Rapid results
  • Painless treatment
  • No stitches required
  • If necessary, further adjustments can be made years down the line to correct vision
  • No smell of burning
  • No loud sound during treatment
  • No flap
  • Less dry eye
  • A stronger cornea
  • No risk of tearing open a LASIK flap
  • Suitable for sports people.

The recovery is just as rapid as LASIK with 97% of my SMILE patients having 20/20 vision within 48 hours of surgery and 99% after one week.

The long terms benefits of SMILE are that the cornea is biomechanically stronger and there is no risk of damage from a blow to the eye causing the LASIK flap to tear open which can happen even many years after LASIK.

In an analysis of 118 consecutive SMILE treatments carried out at Optegra Central London during 2017:

  • 100% of patients achieved driving standard or better without glasses
  • 100% of patients achieved 20/20 or better without glasses.

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How it works

Enjoy a life free from glasses and contact lenses in 3 easy steps

STEP 1 – CALL

STEP 2 – MEET

STEP 3 – ENJOY

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TALK TO US

Give us a call on 020 3808 7758 and we’ll help guide you towards a free screening.

MEET YOUR SURGEON

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my Harley Street London facilities.

ENJOY A RICHER LIFE

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of glasses and contact lenses.

Even more information about the SMILE eye surgery

I frequently write articles and publish videos to answer people’s most common questions and keep them updated on the latest developments in vision correction. Find out more below…

You don’t choose eye surgery from a menu

Some patients worry they will have to do a whole heap of work to choose the best eye surgery. Not on my watch. Below are some alternatives that you might have heard about, however, I believe it is my duty to choose which eye treatment is best for you after conducting a thorough examination

LASIK

LASIK is the most common form of laser vision correction. It’s a safe and effective treatment for short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. If you have long-sightedness, LASIK will be more suitable for you at the moment.

PRESBYOND ®

PRESBYOND, also known as “laser blended vision” is a laser vision correction treatment aimed at treating presbyopia and other refractive errors. I may recommend you have PRESBYOND with LASIK.

LASEK

LASEK is a type of laser eye surgery, often used as an alternative treatment for those who are not suitable for LASIK eye surgery. In most cases, I will recommend SMILE to patients who can have LASEK. LASEK may not be suitable for you if you have a high prescription, very high astigmatism or keratoconus.

Implantable Contact lenses (ICL)

If you are one of the rare patients for whom laser eye surgery is not suitable, ICL lens implants offer a safe and extremely accurate option to free you from needing glasses.

This option is particularly suitable for you if the shape/thickness of cornea makes you ineligible for laser eye surgery; or, if you are so short- or long-sighted that you are out of the treatable prescription range with laser eye surgery.

Lens Replacement (RLE)

Lens replacement or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an advanced form of vision correction surgery which we use to treat patients over 50 years of age who need glasses for both distance and for reading.

Refractive cataract surgery

If you have a cataract, removing that cataract and replacing your natural lens with a multifocal artificial lens will negate the need to have SMILE.

Complex cataract surgery

If you have a cataract and another complicating eye condition, removing that cataract and replacing your natural lens with an artificial lens will negate the need to have SMILE.

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About the author

Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef

I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including stem cell cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.

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