We interviewed Alex Shortt to find out about ReLEx SMILE, its advantages and how it compares to LASIK.
Interviewer: What risks and side-effects are present in the ReLEx SMILE procedure that may not be present in previous procedures? Are there any drawbacks?
Alex Shortt: The answer is no. Certainly, at the time of the surgery, SMILE is a more intricate surgical procedure for the surgeon to perform. So assuming your surgeon is a really well-trained and experienced SMILE surgeon, then there is nothing that SMILE can bring up that couldn’t potentially happen with other laser eye techniques. In fact, it’s absolutely the opposite way around.
I would argue that ReLEx SMILE is less likely to be a complicated procedure than LASIK.
With LASIK, a flap is created on the surface of the eye. In approximately one in 200 cases, we need to do an adjustment to the flap because of debris underneath it, because of wrinkles in it, or because it is not correctly aligned. This is a well-known factor with LASIK. However, with ReLEx SMILE, we simply don’t have that problem and flap-related complications can’t occur. So, in fact, I would argue that ReLEx SMILE is less likely to be a complicated procedure than LASIK.