ReLEx smile procedure is the only technique where the laser works fully under the cornea surface without creating a flap. So if you are worried about your doctor using a blade to cutthe cornea, be assured that in ReLEx Smile is a totally Bladeless and Flapless procedure.To assist you in your decision making, your doctor will discuss with you the procedure, the benefits andits possible risks and complications. If you do not want to undergo Relex Smile, you can also ask for other alternatives that are available. Don’t hesitate to ask any unanswered questions you have in mind. Be sure that your surgeon explains them so you know what to expect. Your doctor must give you information that would be helpful in deciding whether or not you should undergo the procedure.
What To Do Before Surgery?
Arrange alternative transportation after the surgery since you are not advised to drive for about 1-2 days following the procedure.
Avoid using any eye makeup or cosmetics on the day of the surgery.
Do not apply cologne, scented deodorant or any likes on the day of surgery.
Have a proper light meal before the surgery.
Bring along a pair of sunglasses.
Most patients achieve good functional vision after the surgery. However, if vision after the operation is not satisfactory and an enhancement or top up procedure needs to be performed, the surgeon will advise you to wait for at least 3 months after the initial procedure. Your suitability for enhancement will be determined by your surgeon. In the meantime, you may still require interim glasses.
Relex Smile involves risks just like other procedures. You might experience complications or unsuccessful results due to unknown or unforeseen causes.
Although many patients experience great improvements in their eyesight or vision, it is still not a guarantee that your surgery will be 100% effective or will make your vision better than it was prior the operation. On your pre-operative examination, your surgeon will be discussing your eye condition, your options, the surgery risks and complications, and the possible outcome. Keep in mind that there is still a possibility that complications could arise arising from the procedure and may cause your vision to be blurred. The effects mayeither be temporarily or permanent. Occasionally, your vision may also be distorted or you may see halos or glares.
Here is a list of other possible risks you may experience after the operation:
- Halos and Starburst
- Light Sensitivity and Fluctuating Vision
- Dry Eyes
- Optical Imbalance
- Corneal Ectasia
- Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis (DLK)
- Under-or Over Correction
Thanks to the current techniques and improvements in technology, most of these risks can be avoided by careful management and care.
What To Do After Surgery?
- Be prepared to undergo a follow up assessment with your surgeon on the next day to assess your recovery.
- Follow all of your surgeon’s postoperative instructions and medication. This will help your eye to heal properly and avoid complications.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
- Avoid running water into your eyes. You may use a damp towel to clean your face if necessary.
- Arrange someone to accompany you home after the procedure.
- Wear your sunglasses when you are out of the clinic.
- Rest and sleep as much as possible to allow quick recovery.
If you want to learn more about Relex Smile surgery, get in touch with Atlas Eye. They have knowledgeable staff that is well informed in helping you have improved vision. You may call their clinic in Singapore or visit their website to schedule an appointment.