How is smile different from other refractive procedures?

Unlike in all other laser eye surgery procedures, the corneal tissue is not eroded using an excimer laser. ReLEx SMILE is totally laser operated procedure that uses proved Femto second laser technique which means it is absolutely flapless and bladeless. Quick procedure and early recovery are among the other key advantages that SMILE has over other conventional procedures.

How long does SMILE Procedure take?

The entire procedure gets over in less than 12 minutes for both the eyes. Short duration and early recovery are amongst the many benefits that come with the advanced procedure called SMILE.

What are the chances of dry eyes?

According to studies SMILE is less harmful and preserves most of the nerves while LASIK having a big Flap (18mm) makes significant changes to the corneal nerve. Hence chances of dry eyes in case of SMILE are lesser than in LASIK.

Can I start working on my laptop immediately after SMILE?

Unlike Lasik, SMILE is gentler to eyes, so you can start working on computers within a day of surgery. But you may need to go a bit easy for initial few days, by taking frequent breaks and using the prescribed eye drops regularly.

When can I start wearing eye make-up after undergoing SMILE?

You can start wearing eye Make-up and do beauty parlor treatments after a week’s time (after having checked with your doctor on your post treatment visit). It is advisable to use cosmetics that you used before surgery to ensure that you are not allergic.

Am I eligible to donate my eyes after undergoing SMILE?

Yes. SMILE is not a reason for any of the risk factor related to eye donation.

Will SMILE be an obstruction for conducting Cataract treatment in later years of life?

No. However, it is good to keep your cataract doctor informed about the SMILE treatment. There is neither any hindrance to surgery nor does it affect the outcome of surgery.

How soon can I resume back to my work after undergoing SMILE?

You are required to rest on the day of surgery and may need to take rest for a day or two before returning to work.

When do I need to discontinue wearing contact lenses prior to LASER Procedure?

You should discontinue wearing soft lenses 8 days before the LASER Procedure. 

(15 Days for RGP lenses)

Can both eyes be treated with laser at same time?

Yes, laser procedure can be done for both eyes at the same time.

Will I be awake during the procedure?

You will be awake during the entire procedure. Due to anesthetic drops in your eyes, you will fell numbness or little heaviness in eyes. No pain sensation is felt during the procedure.

Is it a permanent treatment?

This is a permanent treatment. 

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

As the person’s age increases, ability of the eye to focus on nearby objects decreases. This being an age related process is irreversible. Hence everyone above 40 years will need reading glasses even after the laser procedure. But your distance vision will remain corrected.

Is there any diet restriction?

No, there is no diet restriction. You can have a normal diet.

Can I wear cosmetic contact lenses and eye makeup after laser?

You can start wearing eye makeup and do beauty parlor treatments after 1 week. Cosmetic contact lenses can be worn after consultation with your surgeon.

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

No, it is not advisable to sit in a dark room. Average home light is alright. In fact you can start watching TV, reading, and normal routine as soon as you are feeling comfortable.