ReLEx SMILE for bet­ter vi­sion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

VI­SION cor­rec­tion surgery, or re­frac­tive and laser eye surgery, is any sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure used to cor­rect vi­sion prob­lems.

Ex­ten­sive re­search has pro­vided in­valu­able re­fine­ments and ad­vance­ments of laser tech­nol­ogy and di­ag­nos­tic tools to de­velop safe treat­ment op­tions for re­frac­tive dis­or­ders.

Laser-as­sisted in situ ker­atomileu­sis (Lasik) is presently the most per­formed elec­tive pro­ce­dure.

In re­cent years, tremen­dous ad­vance­ments have been made in this field.

A new pro­ce­dure called ReLEx SMILE is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

Un­like con­ven­tional Lasik, ReLEx SMILE does not cre­ate flap and in­volves the use of only one laser (the fem­tosec­ond laser).

In­stead of vapouris­ing cornea tis­sue to cor­rect the un­der­ly­ing short-sight­ed­ness and astig­ma­tism, ReLEx SMILE carves out a small piece of corneal tis­sue called a lentic­ule in the cornea, which is re­moved through a small key­hole in­ci­sion (about 2.5 to 4mm).

This sin­gle-step, all-in-one-laser op­er­a­tion only takes about 30 sec­onds to per­form cor­rec­tion for one eye and the en­tire pro­ce­dure can be com­pleted in about 15 min­utes for both.

This laser is fast and uses low en­ergy. The pro­ce­dure is odour­less and silent, so there is less dis­com­fort for pa­tients.

Pa­tients also feel more com­fort­able be­cause the suc­tion on the eye dur­ing treat­ment is gen­tler.

There is no fright­en­ing “blackout” or bleed­ing (no red eye) dur­ing the pro­ce­dure or swelling of the eye after treat­ment.

Due to the smaller wound by min­i­mally in­va­sive surgery, ReLEx SMILE re­sults in a much stronger eye and less im­me­di­ate post-op­er­a­tive dis­com­fort and tear­ing.

A small in­ci­sion also means fewer corneal nerves are sev­ered dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, which also means less dry eye.

With no flap cre­ated, flap dis­place­ment or dis­lodge­ment will not be an is­sue.

ReLEx SMILE is a good op­tion for those in­volved in con­tact sports. Most pa­tients will ex­pe­ri­ence a dra­matic im­prove­ment in their vi­sion a day after the surgery and then re­main sta­ble days after.

If the present di­rec­tion and vol­ume of re­search is any guide, a large pro­por­tion of to­mor­row’s fem­tosec­ond tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances and dis­cov­er­ies will be based on mas­tery of treat­ing re­frac­tive er­rors with­out even touch­ing the cornea.

All treat­ment will be in­trastro­mal and ReLEx SMILE is cur­rently one of the most ad­vanced pro­ce­dure avail­able.

Choos­ing laser eye cor­rec­tion is not a de­ci­sion you should take lightly.

Keep in mind that it is still a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure that car­ries sur­gi­cal risk, al­though the risk is very small and the suc­cess rate is high.

Have your eyes prop­erly eval­u­ated and ex­am­ined by the eye sur­geon prior to surgery and dis­cuss all op­tions and po­ten­tial risks in de­tail be­fore mak­ing any fi­nal choices.

For de­tails, con­tact KPJ Pusat Pakar Mata Cen­tre for Sight at 03-4022 6222 (Kuala Lumpur); 03-7804 4051 (Pe­tal­ing Jaya).

KKLIU No.1416/2016

The lentic­ule is re­moved through the small in­ci­sion – dis­rup­tion to the biome­chan­ics of the cornea is min­i­mal and no flap is cut.

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