What is ReLEx SMILE Surgery

What is ReLEx SMILE Surgery

By Mr Alex J Shortt

So 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