LASIK was yesterday – ReLEx smile is today!
The Advantages of ReLEx smile
Benefits of this innovative laser eye surgery
- Suitable for patients with dry eyes
- Corneal stability is maintained
- Suitable for patients with thin corneas
- Possible with myopia up to -10 diopters
- Possible with astigmatism
- 30% less tissue loss
- Keyhole technology
- Suitable for athletes such as boxers or divers
- Short treatment time and quick recovery
Winziger Schnitt statt Flap
ReLEx smile Technology is a gentle of form of laser eye surgery
Vorteile innovativer Technologie
«ReLEx smile» technology with «VisuMax» laser
- Opportunity to conduct laser vision correction without the formation of the cornea flap (flap)
- Much lower load on the cornea
- Preparation of the cornea lenticle in the unaffected ( intact ) cornea
- Implementation of the treatment procedure in one step
- Absence of necessity to change the equipment in the process of the operation
- Actually complete painlessness of the operation
- Short duration of the operation and rapid eyesight recovery
- Reduced risks of side effects (adverse events) and complications
- Absence of the visual field defects ( scotomas ) in the process of the operation
Preparation of a flap with the use of the femtosecond laser
- Necessity of application of an approximately 20 mm long incision for the formation of a corneal flap ( flap )
- Longer duration of the operation
- A longer healing process due to a more serious surgical intervention
- Necessity to change the equipment after the formation of the cornea flap (flap)
- High risks of violation of lacrimation and eye dryness
For more than 10 years, Femto LASIK has been the scientifically accepted method for the correction of vision defects. ReLEx smile keyhole surgery goes further: Laser eye surgery has become even safer and more gentle. 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.Also the stability of the cornea is maintained and the production of the tear flow is hardly disturbed. This makes ReLEx smile suitable for patients with dry eyes or contact lens intolerance. Attractive conditions for innovative and gentle laser eye procedures Sie haben die Möglichkeit einer 24-monatigen 0%-Finanzierung für das ReLEx smile Verfahren zu nutzen.
How does ReLEx smile work?
A Lasik procedure used to involve cutting a flap and folding it back to remove corneal tissue point by point.On the other hand, ReLEx smile eye surgery is minimally invasive and makes laser vision correction possible without the need for a corneal flap.
1. Creation of the lenticule and the incision
With VisuMax a very small incision is created in the cornea and the refractive lenticule is created all in one step.This leaves the upper layers of corneal tissue largely untouched.
2. Removal of the lenticule
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.
Course of treatment – step by step
In a personal consultation, your doctor will first evaluate if your eyes are suitable for ReLEx smile treatment. All relevant parameters of the eye will be measured.
2. Comprehensive Preliminary Evaluation
A general medical examination will be given prior to the operation. Before this appointment, you should refrain from wearing contact lenses, as these change the shape of the cornea. Under certain circumstances, it may take the cornea several weeks to go back to its natural shape once you removed your contact lens. You will be asked to remove your lenses for a period of time prior to your visit in order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the examination.If you wear soft lenses,they must be removed for at least one week before the appointment.If you wear hard lenses,you must remove them at least two weeks before the appointment.Failure to do so could produce an unsatisfactory result,with poor vision after surgery to follow.The day before treatment and on the day of the treatment itself, you should refrain from using cosmetic products such as face creams and lotions, as well as makeup and perfume as this can increase the risk of infection or contamination of the surgical area. Your eye area especially should be cleaned thoroughly on the day of surgery.
3. The RELEX treatment
On the day of surgery, you should wear comfortable clothing. You can eat and drink as normal, but you should not smoke. For hygiene reasons, you should wash the eye area thoroughly and completely remove any residue of makeup. Before the procedure a tranqulizer is available on request. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and for both eyes it takes around 20 minutes to complete. First, the surgeon will greet you and again match your personal data before the surface of the cornea is anesthetized with drops. To prevent blinking of the eye during surgery, we will use an eyelid opener. The other eye is covered during the operation. Next is the preparation of the lenticule in the cornea using femtosecond laser VisuMax. For fixation of the eye,we use a corneal shape adapted contact lens. During this process you will see a bright spot, but hardly feel anything. Once the surgeon has prepared the lenticule, he cuts a small opening with the laser of no more than four millimeters and through which he gently removes the lenticule. After correction this small incision closes by itself, so no stitches are needed and no separate post-operative precautions are required. You will probably be amazed at how quickly the operation is over, and how painless it is. An eye patch will not be necessary but sunglasses are recommended. You should not drive immediately after the operation.
4. After the RELEX treatment
After the procedure, you should not rub your eyes. You will be given antibiotic eye drops that must be taken five times a day for a week and artificial tears can be applied as required. Normally, you can resume your professional activity two to three days later.You can begin with sporting activities after about three days. Swimming and sauna, however,should be avoided for about two weeks to reduce the risk of infection. Medical checks are carried out after one day,one week and one month. Driving is not allowed until after you receive the doctor’s permission.
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The Femto laser is an infrared light laser which treats the corneal tissue not only very precisely, but also with much lower thermal stress than other lasers. In eye surgery especially it has proven to be a decisive advantage. The femtosecond laser works on the basis of ultrashort light pulses. These typically last only fractions of billionths of a second and the spot size is only 1/100 mm.
The femtosecond laser VisuMax
ReLEx treatment uses a specially developed laser system, the VisuMax femtosecond laser from Carl Zeiss.It has already proven itself in Femto-LASIK procedures with its sophisticated technology,accuracy and reliability.It is now possible for the first time to prepare a lenticule inside the intact cornea with absolute precision,which makes larger cuts and a flap obsolete.It allows for the surrounding corneal tissue to stay untouched as much as possible,while the visual defects can be selectively corrected. A particular advantage of femtosecond technology is its superior precision,reproducibility and very high predictability even with strong corrections. To avoid unnecessary compression and deformation of the cornea, a contact glass is fitted to retain its individual shape and to allow for safe tailor-made treatment.
Also a sophisticated,ergonomic patient seat was designed for ReLEx treatments to allow for maximum comfort and a relaxed position during the procedure. The position of the patient is continuously monitored during the operation and can be automatically adjusted if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions ReLEx smile laser eye procedures
*The price depends on your refractive error, your corneal thickness, and the applied laser technology (e.g. the femtosecond laser technology, wavefront technology).