FAQ About ReLEx SMILE Surgery?

An eye patient has so many questions to ask when they pay a visit to an eye specialist for consultation or surgery. But sometimes, due to hesitation or non-favorable circumstances, a patient is unable to ask the questions and it leads to confusion and mistreatment. So, it is pivotal to clear all doubts before consulting a doctor and just to help you, we have prepared a listicle of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). These FAQs are relevant to laser eye surgery, ReLEx SMILE, and other treatments. So, have a look at these and clear your mind before the consultation.

  1. What is ReLEx Smile Surgery?

ReLEx SMILE is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. No stitches, flaps, or blades are involved in this process. A highly advanced Femtosecond laser is used in ReLEx SMILE.

  1. How safe is the procedure?

The procedure is the safest and the USA FDA approved. There is no usage of handheld tools in ReLEx SMILE. A highly advanced Femtosecond laser is utilized for 3D eye mapping and there is no scope of errors in this treatment.

  1. Can ReLEx smile be done twice?

No, ReLEx SMILE surgery cannot be done twice because of the limitations in error correction.

  1. How long does the ReLEx smile take to heal?

Since no blades or flaps are required for ReLEx, a patient can resume work in 2 days. However, it is advised that the patient should not engage in activities where the chances of pressure on the eyes are more.

  1. What is the recovery time?

Most of the patients experience 100% visual acuity within a week. ReLEx SMILE patients can resume outdoor activities after 8-10 days of the total recovery.

  1. Is smile eye surgery painful?

No, SMILE procedure is a painless, stitchless, flapless, and bladeless procedure thanks to the advanced Femtosecond laser.

  1. Is ReLEx Smile Safe?

The procedure is very safe because of the Femtosecond laser which is used to make a 3D map of the affected eye. ReLEx SMILE is also USA FDA approved.

  1. Which is better Lasik or SMILE?

SMILE is better because it has lesser recovery than LASIK. Also, ReLEx is more advanced and safer than LASIK. And remember, in LASIK, an eye surgeon has to make flaps and no flaps are required in ReLEx.

  1. How much does ReLEx Smile surgery cost?

The cost of ReLEx SMILE varies from place to place. The cost also includes numerous consumables such as – patient’s interface and other things. The cost of ReLEx SMILE is generally Rs 50,000 per eye.
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  1. Is the ReLEx smile FDA approved?

Yes, ReLEx SMILE is 100% USA FDA approved.

  1. Can ReLEx smile cure astigmatism?

Yes, ReLEx SMILE can cure astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia.

  1. How does ReLEx smile work?

In ReLEx SMILE, first anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. After that, an ophthalmologist will use highly advanced Femtosecond laser for 3D eye mapping which is used to place a series of precision pulses in the center of the cornea for treatment.

  1. Does SMILE procedure hurt?

No, the SMILE procedure is 100% painless.

  1. What is the cost of ReLEx SMILE laser eye surgery?

The cost varies from place to place but generally, the cost of ReLEx SMILE is Rs 50,000 per eye.

  1. Can all refractive errors be corrected with ReLEx SMILE?

ReLEx SMILE surgery can be used to cure myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. FYI, presbyopia cannot be treated with ReLEx SMILE.

  1. Is there any age limit for SMILE ReLEx LASER treatment?

Yes. The patient must be 18 years or above during treatment.

  1. Am I a suitable candidate?

An ideal candidate for a SMILE can be –

  • A person who’s 18 years or above.
  • A patient whose eye prescription hasn’t changed in the last year.
  • A person who has myopia between – 0.50 and – 10 diopters (with or without astigmatism).
  • Patient’s cornea needs to be healthy
  • Overall eye health must be good

  1. Why do patients prefer ReLEx SMILE?

Patients prefer ReLEx SMILE because the procedure is painless, stitchless, and bladeless. Also, the recovery time is lesser than any form of laser eye surgery.

  1. Is there any diet restriction?

There’s no diet restriction for ReLEx SMILE.

  1. How much time does the procedure take?

ReLEx SMILE only requires 10-15 minutes per eye. But bring a friend or a relative because you cannot drive immediately post-surgery.

  1. Can both eyes be treated in the same sitting?

Yes, both eyes can be treated in a single sitting.

  1. Will I be awake during the procedure?

Yes, you will be awake during the procedure, only your eye(s) will be numbed via eye drops.

  1. Why is a smile said to be Ultra-gentle on the eyes?

It is because there is no usage of any handheld devices. The entire procedure is assisted with the help of Femtosecond laser which is highly precise. Since there are no flaps involved, ReLEx SMILE is painless, stitchless, odorless, and bladeless.

  1. How many ReLEx SMILE surgeries are done to date by Dr. Jeevan Ladi?

Dr. Jeevan Ladi is a gold medalist in laser eye surgery and has a rich experience of 30+ years as an ophthalmologist. In these years, he has performed several successful ReLEx SMILE surgeries.

  1. Is it a permanent treatment?

Yes, ReLEx SMILE is a permanent treatment.

  1. Is SMILE accurate?

SMILE is 100% accurate because of the highly advanced Femtosecond laser from Carl Zeiss Meditec.

  1. What is the success rate?

If an eye patient fulfills all prerequisite conditions the success rate is almost 100%

  1. Any case reported of Acute, Chronic Infection(s)?

The chances of infection in ReLEx SMILE is absolutely zero because no handheld devices are used here.

  1. What about Dry eye issues?

There are no dry eye issues in the ReLEx SMILE procedure.

  1. When do I need to discontinue wearing contact lenses prior to the procedure?

After 3-4 days of ReLEx SMILE procedure, you can stop wearing contact lenses or glasses.

  1. Is it true if people do ReLEx surgery in the future if they get Farsightedness (hyperopia) it’s not possible to treat them?

After ReLEx SMILE, re-treatment can be done, but this time the eye surgeon might suggest you go for a superficial ablation method like PRK (as a choice) or even LASIK.

  1. How soon can I get back to my normal routine after the ReLEx SMILE procedure?

You can resume your routine work after 2-3 days of post-surgery.

  1. Will my vision be clear immediately after surgery?

Your vision will start improving after a few hours of surgery. Your 100% vision acuity will be restored after 2-4 weeks.

  1. Will I need to sit in a dark room after laser?

No, you won’t have to sit in any type of darkroom after laser surgery.

  1. Is it recommended to avoid T.V, cell phones for 24 hrs? post-procedure?

If you’re feeling comfortable, you can resume watching TV and start using a cellphone after 24 hours of surgery.

  1. Will I still need to wear reading glasses after laser procedure?

Generally, as the person’s age increase, the eye’s ability to focus decreases. So, if you’re having any sort of trouble reading, you can wear reading glasses.

  1. Will I have glare after the procedure?

The chances of daytime glare are slim to none. A very small percentage of eye patients might experience night-time glare during the first few weeks.

  1. Number of Enhancement treatments done post SMILE surgery?

There’s no requirement for any kind of enhancement post-SMILE surgery.

  1. Post ReLEx SMILE laser eye procedure, is there any minimum period post which pregnancy can be planned?

You should maintain a gap of at least 3 months post-surgery before planning a pregnancy.

So, here, we have tried our best to answer almost every question regarding ReLEx SMILE surgery. Before paying a visit for consultation or surgery, go through these questions and know everything there is to know about ReLEx SMILE and clear all the doubts that you have in your mind.

How Much ReLEx Smile Eye Surgery Cost?

The cost of ReLEx SMILE surgery varies from place to place and the types of equipment used. A few ophthalmologists will charge you less and some will charge you more. Before the consultation, make sure that the eye specialist has top-quality medical instruments for your own safety and if everything goes well then you can pay a visit. Here are a few advantages of treating your eyes with ReLEx SMILE:

  • Bespoke treatment with advanced 3D eye mapping
  • 100% faultless
  • FemtoSecond Laser procedure
  • Single-step process
  • Flapless procedure
  • Better, faster, and safer than LASIK
  • Faster recovery than LASIK
  • ReLEx is an odorless procedure
  • Fewer chances of dry eyes

What is ReLEx SMILE Surgery?

ReLEx SMILE is a minimally invasive surgery used to cure myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The treatment is a very good alternative to LASIK and LASEK. The procedure is totally bladeless, stitchless, and painless and requires only 10-15 minutes of operation in a single eye (which means 30 minutes is the max time for ReLEx SMILE). SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction because in this treatment a small lenticule is made in the cornea so that light can enter properly in the eyes. The process is assisted with the help of a FemtoSecond laser which generates a 3D mapping of your eyes with impeccability.

During the treatment, anesthetic eye drops are given to a patient so that it can numb the eye(s). After that, a state-of-the-art laser places a continuous series of short pulses in the middle of the cornea with extreme precision. Those pulses help top create bubbles that are even smaller than the width of human hair. After all this, the procedure outlines the affected tissue and it changes the shape of the cornea.

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Cost of ReLEx Smile Surgery in India

Before we unveil the cost of ReLEx SMILE, you should check whether or not you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

An ideal candidate for a SMILE can be –

  • A person who’s 18 years or above.
  • A patient whose eye prescription hasn’t changed in the last year.
  • A person who has myopia between – 0.50 and – 10 diopters (with or without astigmatism).
  • Patient’s cornea needs to be healthy
  • Overall eye health must be good.

Now, to check if you are a suitable candidate or not, an eye surgeon may perform these tests:

  • Check the eye condition
  • Measure your cornea size
  • Examine pupil size
  • Measure your myopia

The cost also includes various consumables such as – patient’s interface and other things. The cost of ReLEx SMILE surgery in India is approximately Rs 50,000 per eye. It is costlier than LASIK but, the chances of error in this procedure are slim to none.

So, now you know every nook and cranny of ReLEx SMILE procedure including its cost and types of equipment used. With our given parameters first check whether or not you’re a suitable candidate and then book an appointment with an experienced ophthalmologist who will help you get rid of eye related problems including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Take your time and do a proper research about your eye health and other relevant things such as – age, myopia range, and eye health. Happy Vision!

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Laser Eye Surgery Aftercare

Aftercare is positively recommended and is a pivotal step in your laser eye surgery treatment. Post-surgery, your eyes are susceptible to light and they become very sensitive. Protecting your eyes is very critical to ensure you reduce the risks of any possible complications and see the best possible results. The aftercare procedures also differ from person to person, such as, for someone, it might take 2 days and for some it might take up to 5 days.

Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Tips & Advice

1. Initial Aftercare
After your treatment, you will be advised to stay in the eye clinic or hospital, until you feel comfortable to make your way back home.During this time period, your eyes are recuperating and getting its strength back. For your information, driving immediately after the surgery must be avoided at all costs. So, you have to organize for your personal transport services or ask a family member or a friend to help you get home.

2. Aftercare During The First 2 Days
You must avoid taking a shower immediately after surgery because there is a small chance that it might hinder your progress in vision. For better results, avoid taking shower for at least 1-2 days post-surgery. It is also advisable that you must not resume your work for 1-2 days after the treatment, following a LASIK, ReLEx SMILE or LASEK. No matter where you work, your eyes will be exposed to different types of strain, so if you do need to venture outside try to stay close to home, just in case you feel any discomfort.

During the initial days of aftercare, you might be asked to attend a follow-up exam where an ophthalmologist will examine your eye health and provide feedback along with any medications if required. On average, most patients will be back on the road within the first few days. However, it is always recommended to wait for few days before exposing your eyes to computer or smart phone screen because they emit nonionizing radiation.

3. Aftercare During the First Week
During the first seven days, it is important that you must reduce the chances of exposing your eyes to irritation. It is recommended to not put any makeup around your eyes and keep your eyes away from any soap products. Also, avoid going to such places that have a lot of smoke and stay away from people who smoke. Don’t rub your eyes during the first week of aftercare because it might create complications.

After 3 days, your eyes will have recovered enough and you can start exercising such as a morning cycle ride or jogging on a treadmill. It is preferable to wait for a week before continuing aerobic exercises or practicing Yoga. If you weightlift, wait for at least two weeks before resuming your exercise routine because weightlifting cause muscle strain including your eyes.

4. Aftercare After a Month
After a month, your eyes will have gained enough strength and you can enjoy sports activities like tennis, swimming, football, snowboarding, and cricket. It is highly advised to stay away from any kind of steam room and sauna for at least a month. If you have an itinerary or you are going for a vacation soon after your laser eye surgery, wait for at least 10 days. When you wait for more, you are actually reducing the risk of any possible complications.

What is The Typical Recovery Time for Laser Eye Surgery?

The recovery time is different for different types of procedures. For example, LASEK requires 5-7 days of recovery time and ReLEx Smile / LASIK has a very quick recovery and takes only 2 days before you can resume your work.

What Should I Expect for Recovery?

Some people might experience improved vision immediately after the surgery, but it is quite common that the patient might feel blurry vision for at least a day or two. You will not have many restrictions during recovery time, but it is very important not to lift any heavy objects or engage in strenuous exercise for one week.

So, now you know everything about laser eye surgery aftercare. Try to take rest for a week or so and do not engage in any activities that cause stress on your eyes. Over time, you will again experience the vision you were looking forward to.

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Know All About Bladeless Laser Eye Surgery

Many people suffer from various types of eye disease like glaucoma and cataract. Most of the eye patients go to an eye clinic for treatment where an ophthalmologist or an eye specialist take care of their eyes. For cataract, an ophthalmologist will ask you to undergo an operation which might be traditional, or laser-based. Bladeless laser cataract surgery is better than the traditional one because it is accomplished via laser which is very accurate, and the entire procedure is painless and stitchless.

What is Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery?

If you want that an eye specialist performs an operation with your eyes but you’re afraid of pain, blades or stitches then laser surgery is definitely for you. In bladeless LASIK or Femto LASIK, the surgeon will use two types of lasers for the vision correction procedure. First, an ultra-fast femtosecond laser is utilized to make a thin flap in the cornea which is the clear front surface of your eyes.

Next, an excimer laser will be used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue to treat and correct your vision. After this, the flap will be returned to its original position. The femtosecond laser will eliminate the requirement for a bladed surgical tool which is known as the microkeratome to create the corneal flap in eyes. So, now you know that no surgical blade of any type is needed in all-laser or Femto LASIK.

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Advantages of Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

1. Safer Procedure: Femto laser surgery is safer than the traditional oneas there is no chance of any possible human error. The incisions are controlled by laser and are super accurate in terms of depth and architecture.

2. No Cell Damage: A survey shows that not even a single endothelial cell is damaged during the Femto laser cataract surgery. This is good news because endothelial cells are also known as the barometer of our eye health and they preserve the clarity of cornea and they are non-regenerative in nature.

3. Precision Mapping: Beforehand Femto surgery, the laser system permits an ophthalmologist to make a 3D mapping of your eyes which helps in achieving highly precise results.

4. US-FDA Approved: Femto laser surgery is 100% US-FDA approved which shows its credibility. After receiving the accreditation, such laser surgery systems are also made available in India.

5. Improved Vision: Conventional Phaco only addresses the existing cataract problem and it doesn’t have any impact on pre-existing astigmatism. Why? It is due to the abnormal corneal curvature. But on the other hand, Femto laser also corrects the pre-existing cylinder in a patient’s eye, with the help of astigmatic correction module there by resulting in a better outcome as compared to conventional Phaco.

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How is Femtosecond Bladeless Cataract Surgery Different from Conventional Phacoemulsification Surgery?

During conventional phacoemulsification surgery, an eye specialist will make the incision in the cornea with the help of a metallic blade.They also have to manually create an opening in front of the lens capsule to avail access into the cataract affected area which is achieved via a handheld ultrasonic probe. In bladeless cataract surgery, the Femtosecond laser is used to create incisions, make openings into the lens capsule, and divide the lens into fragments. Henceforth, the minute fragments are removed with the help of ultrasonic probe. In the end an intraocular lens is placed inside the eye to replace the natural lens that was removed.

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Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

Many people are suffering from eye diseases like cataract and they are constantly looking for best ways to get rid of it. Very few people opt for traditional cataract surgery which is not that great because it lacks precision. On the other hand, majority people choose laser cataract surgery which uses a computer-assisted laser and renders a highly accurate procedure to free your eyes from cataract and it has helped myriads of eye patients to reclaim their vision back.

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

Laser Cataract Surgery is also known as Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS). It is a modern surgical treatment for cataract that uses FemtoSecond laser technology which brings a whole new level of accuracy in the procedure as compared to the old times when the cataract was being treated with the help of hand-held equipment. Laser cataract surgery has mainly 3 steps and those are-

  • The corneal incision
  • The anterior capsulotomy
  • Lens and cataract fragmentation

Now, let us see what role the aforementioned steps play during the process of laser cataract surgery

Corneal Incision:
During regular cataract surgery, the surgeon utilizes hand-held medical equipment which has a diamond or metal blade and is used to make an incision in the exact area where the sclera meets the cornea. This incision permits the surgeon to enter the interior parts of the eye to crack up and remove the cataract.

A cataract clouds the eye lens and makes your vision blurry and generally happens behind the pupil. After that, the surgeon inserts an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace the cloudy lens which is causing blurry vision.

Anterior Capsulotomy:
For your information, the natural eye lens is enclosed by a clear and very thin capsule. During laser cataract surgery the anterior part of the capsule is detached into a step known as capsulotomy. This procedure enables the surgeon to garner direct access to the lens which is affected by cataract.

It is of pivotal importance that the remaining part of the lens capsule which was intact in the eye must not be damaged during the surgery because it should hold the implanted lens for the rest of the life. Various studies and researches have shown that the capsulotomies performed with the help of a laser have more reproducibility and accuracy.

Lens and Cataract Fragmentation:
Once the capsulotomy has been performed, the surgeon can access the cataract to remove it. In traditional cataract surgery, during the phacoemulsification process, there is a high chance that the ultrasound energy can build up heat and damage the incision and can negatively affect the outcome by inducing astigmatism.

But when we are dealing with laser cataract surgery, there are no chances of error. The laser softens the cataract as it tears up. By breaking the cataract into much softer and smaller pieces, a lesser amount of energy would be required to remove the cataract which in turn, boosts the overall accuracy of the entire process.

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Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery?

Laser cataract surgery is a safe method for the treatment of cataract and has several other advantages, but this type of surgery is not for everyone. Why? It is because the user of a laser and the utilization of premium lenses are not covered by most of the insurance agencies and a patient will have to burn a hole in their pocket for the treatment.

So, if money is not your concern and you want the best possible treatment for your cataract then you must go for laser cataract surgery. It is safer and has lesser post-surgery care and maintenance.

Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery has myriads of advantages over traditional cataract surgery. Firstly, it is safer and requires lesser post-surgery care and maintenance. Apart from this, a patient has a better vision once the laser surgery has been performed. The accuracy of the laser assists a surgeon in giving people clearer vision faster, more consistently, and very often without glasses. The laser’s accuracy matters a lot when a surgeon wants to graft a multifocal lens which resolves close-up and distant vision or Toric lenses that has the capability to correct astigmatism.

Now, let us see the benefits of laser cataract surgery

1. Laser Cataract Surgery Demands Lesser Energy:
Researches say that the laser treatment requires 45% lesser ultrasound energy for achieving successful cataract removal and, during the procedure, the eye surgeons have to perform 45% fewer movements when compared with the traditional surgery. The laser pretreatment adds about five to seven minutes to the usual 10- to 15-minute cataract surgery.

2. Lesser Cell Damage:
A survey tells us that no endothelial cells are damaged during the laser cataract surgery. This is really good because endothelial cells are the barometer of the eye-health as they preserve cornea’s clarity and are non-regenerative in nature. Another survey shows that during the standard treatment there is a huge loss of endothelial cells and it might range from 1 to 7%

3. Precision Mapping:
Before the surgical procedure starts, the laser cataract system allows a surgeon to create a 3D map of your eyes which helps in achieving exceptionally precise measurements for every step during the surgery.

4. Mild Approach:
The laser system is utilized to soften the cataract in the eyes, and it helps to break them into minute pieces which allow the scope for an easier and gentle way to remove the cataract. In traditional surgery, a surgeon used a hand-held surgical tool which has a metal or diamond blade.

5. Laser Accuracy:
During the first step of cataract surgery, a miniature opening is made with the help of a laser that holds the cataract together. For better accuracy, the laser makes the opening as circular as possible so that the new lens can be inserted without any hassle. For your information, the laser can be utilized to create impeccable incisions which can be used to correct astigmatism.

Now, we hope that you know what a laser cataract surgery is and what are its benefits for you. Laser cataract surgeries are safer and can be used to correct astigmatism as well. If you are having cataract then it will be a good option to visit an eye surgeon and get yourself treated as soon as possible.