State-of-the-art, safest and most precise laser surgical procedure. ReLEx SMILE opens up a brand NEW GENERATION OF LASER SURGERY. ReLEX SMILE removes dioptres with a more impeccable stability and accuracy than any other method that has been used up until now. ReLEx SMILE brings upon an era of removing dioptres „with a smile“. The new, minimally invasive method works with a "one – step – system". The whole surgical procedure is performed with a femtosecond laser only. There is no more use of an excimer laser.
A refractive lenticule and small incision are created inside the intact cornea – all in one step.
The lenticule is removed through the incision with only minimal disruption to the corneal biomechanics.
Removing the lenticule changes the shape of the cornea, thereby achieving the desired refractive correction.
What makes ReLEx SMILE revolutionary?
It is flapless - ReLEx SMILE enables to perform the flapless SMILE procedure. Because there is no flap, there are also no flap-related complications. ReLEx SMILE reduces the incidence of infections and epithelial ingrowth while expediting epithelial healing.
Up to 80 % of smaller side-cut - femtoLASIK method requires a side-cut of roughly 20 mm. With ReLEx SMILE, a small incision of 2 – 4 mm is sufficient.
Up to 30 % smaller cap incision area - the lamellar incision area is roughly 1/3 smaller compared to femtoLASIK method.
Greater integrity of the upper corneal layers - with SMILE, the majority of the upper corneal layers remains intact. This offers the potential for more biomechanical preservation and stability.
Less incidence of dry eye - requiring only a small incision rather than a flap, there are fewer transected nerves. Consequently, a significantly reduced incidence of dry eye is likely to be correlated.