Who is eligible for Relex Smile?
ttaining 20/20 eyesight is much easier these days, with the multitude of correction surgeries available on the market. One of the latest techniques is Relex Smile, a onestep, minimally invasive laser surgical procedure that can correct shortsightedness from 100 to 1,000 degrees, as well as astigmatism of up to 500 degrees. Here’s all you need to know about the treatment. of dry eyes,” shares Assistant Professor Mohamad Rosman, Head and Senior Consultant of the Refractive Surgery Department from Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and SNEC Laser Vision Centre.
“Also, because this is a flapless surgery, you won’t have to worry about flap displacement, which might occur when you rub your eyes excessively or poke them accidentally after Lasik,” he adds.
Relex Smile is therefore ideal for those who tend to suffer from dry eyes or are involved in contact sports. The best part? The procedure takes only around ten minutes for each eye. Your ophthalmologist can determine if you’re a good candidate for Relex Smile. “This will depend on factors like the amount and type of refractive error you have, as well as the curvature and thickness of your corneas,” says Asst Prof Rosman.
Other general guidelines include: EYE HEALTH “You should not have glaucoma, cataracts, infections, severe dry eye or any other condition that would affect post-operative healing,” advises Asst Prof Rosman. “Your vision or degree must also be stable for at least a year before undergoing surgery.” PREGNANCY It’s not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding because hormonal variations may cause fluctuations in the level of myopia and astigmatism.
Are there any side effects or downtime?
“You might experience mild discomfort after surgery, but this will usually only last for around four hours. It will also take you between one week and one month to regain normal vision,” shares Asst Prof Rosman.
The wait, however, will definitely be worth your while!