ReLEx SMILE Eye Surgery
Imagine a corrective eye procedure that takes just 10 minutes to perform and hours to heal. Well, that’s exactly what ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) aims to provide. Not only is SMILE considered a safe procedure, but its quick recovery time allows you to get back to enjoying the activities you love sooner. Achieve better vision with the help of our well-trained ophthalmologists – no matter your vision issue, our doctors can help you decide if ReLEx SMILE is right for you.
What Is SMILE?
ReLEx SMILE is a newer vision correction procedure and serves as an alternative option to LASIK surgery. Few laser eye surgery clinics in the United States offer ReLEx SMILE as an option for their patients. ClearChoice is one of those clinics.
The Benefits of SMILE
Quick, Safe, & Minimally Invasive
During the procedure, each eye takes roughly 10-15 minutes. Our doctors use state-of-the-art laser technology and expert care to provide safety and comfort throughout the entire process.
We’re committed to patient satisfaction and delivering a high standard of medical care and technology—at an affordable price. ClearChoice has been aleading solution for thousands of patients in Cleveland, Ohio.
A Life Without Limits
Accomplish excellent vision with SMILE. With this procedure, you’ll become less reliant on glasses or contacts and see amazing results in just days, or even hours! Whether you enjoy an active lifestyle or simply want to correct your vision issues,this may be the procedure for you.
Wondering if ReLEx SMILE is Right For You?
Am I a Candidate for SMILE?
To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old. SMILE is a vision correction surgery for those with vision issues such as near-sightedness and astigmatism. Thin corneas and other factors may disqualify you from receiving LASIK. However, you may still qualify for ReLEx SMILE eye surgery.
Want to know if SMILE is the right vision treatment for you? Schedule your free SMILE consultation. Our doctors can help you understand your condition and walk you through the treatment process. Get all of your pressing questions answered with our expert team.
What To Expect During SMILE Surgery
Preparing For Surgery
Every step of the procedure is designed to keep you comfortable. To accomplish this, your eye will be anesthetized with eye drops. Then, your surgeon will gently position a lid speculum to prevent you from accidentally blinking.
During the Surgery
Once your eyes are prepped, the entire treatment process is done with one laser. The procedure takes roughly 10-15 minutes for each eye, using a Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond Laser.
Most patients report a comfortable recovery from ReLEx SMILE eye surgery within days. After a post-operative check, your surgeon will clear you to go. A quick nap should make your vision navigational but hazy. In terms of getting back to your normal activities, most patients need about three full recovery days.
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“A year ago when I made the decision that LASIK (SMILE in my case) was for me I never believed I’d be where I am today. A year later I no longer struggle to see what is right in front of me or worry about if I have a new pair of contacts to put in or where I placed my glasses. Instead, I wake up and start my day with 20/11 vision (something I’m making up because I can now read 80% of the 20/10 letters). Clear Choice made this all possible and every time I go in for a check-up its a pleasant experience.
Everyone there seems to love their jobs and if that isn’t enough there’s always fresh cookies :). So if anything is holding you back from making the decision to get LASIK or SMILE stop procrastinating and go visit Clear Choice you’ll be glad you did.”
Some patients are not candidates for LASIK because of thin corneas, high prescriptions, dry eye, etc. Traditionally, the Clear Choice surgeons have used PRK/ASA for these eyes, which is a great procedure, but it takes longer to heal. SMILE is a good alternative allowing for the safety profile that PRK provides for certain eyes, but with quick healing like LASIK.
Your eye is anesthetized with eye drops and a lid speculum is gently positioned to prevent you from accidentally blinking. The whole treatment process is then undertaken using the Zeiss Femtosecond Laser as a single step. The treatment usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes. The actual laser is in operation for only a tiny fraction of this time, and after a quick post-operative check by your surgeon, you are free to go. The recovery from ReLEx is generally quite comfortable (like LASIK) and the visual recovery is reasonably quick. You should have hazy, but navigational, vision after a nap. Most patients will need three days of recovery before driving and using a computer. Visual recovery with ReLEx SMILE is generally a little slower than LASIK, but quicker than with PRK or LASEK.
Dr. Wiley and Dr. Bafna are part of an elite group of surgeons who offer the SMILE procedure to their patients. We are now accepting consultations for SMILE vision correction. Schedule a consultation below, or read further for frequently asked questions.