New innovation in vision correction surgery
VISION correction surgery, or refractive and laser eye surgery, is any surgical procedure to correct vision problems.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (Lasik) is presently the most performed elective procedure. In recent years, tremendous advancements have been made in this field and a new procedure called ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extaction) ) is gaining popularity.
Unlike conventional Lasik, ReLEx SMILE does not create a corneal flap, and requires 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 tissue called a lenticule in the cornea, which is removed through a small keyhole incision (about 2.5mm to 4mm).
This entire single-step, all-in-one-laser operation can be completed in about 15 minutes for both eyes. This laser is fast and uses very low energy. The procedure is odourless and silent, so there is less discomfort for patients.
Patients also feel more comfortable because 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, a patient experiences 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, displacement or dislodgement is not an issue.
Most patients will experience a dramatic improvement in their vision a day after the surgery, and then remain stable days after.
However, choosing laser eye correction is not a decision you should take lightly. All surgical procedure comes with surgical risk.
Have your eyes properly evaluated and examined by the eye surgeon prior to surgery and discuss all options and potential risks before making any final choices.
For details, contact KPJ Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight at 03-40226222 (Kuala Lumpur); and 03-78044051 (Petaling Jaya).