SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. Also known as ReLEx SMILE, It is a form of laser vision correction which is minimally invasive and does not require the creation of a corneal flap. With SMILE surgery, a laser is used to shape a thin piece of corneal tissue (lenticule) within the layers of the cornea. This lenticule is then removed via a small incision.
What is SMILE?
What are the benefits of SMILE?
Benefits of SMILE surgery include:
- Freedom from glasses and contact lenses
- No risk of flap related complications e.g. Flap dislocation, flap striae
- Quick recovery with minimal downtime (1-2 days)
- Minimal pain and discomfort during the recovery period
- Minimal disruption to work schedule
- Short period of post-SMILE surgery eye drops needed (typically 1 week)
- Fewer dry eye symptoms
Who is a good candidate for SMILE?
A thorough assessment should be done before proceeding with any laser vision correction. In general, a suitable candidate for SMILE surgery includes patients who:
- More than 18 years old
- Healthy corneas
- Stable vision and refractive errors
- Keen to be free of glasses or contact lenses
- Keen to avoid the discomfort related to post PRK surgery recovery
- Keen for a laser vision correction procedure with minimal downtime
What can you expect with SMILE?
SMILE surgery is quick, taking about 10-15 minutes for both eyes. Recovery is generally comfortable with minimal discomfort. Antibiotic and steroid eye drops are given after SMILE surgery for about a week to prevent infection and minimise inflammation. Many patients are able to return back to normal activities in 1-2 days.
Why Dr Val Phua at Eagle Eye Centre?
- Dr Val Phua is a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) accredited eye specialist, a consultant ophthalmologist and cataract and refractive surgery specialist with Eagle Eye Centre
- He has received numerous recommendations and referrals from satisfied patients
- He provides personalised care throughout the treatment journey
- He is supported by more than 90 staff at Eagle Eye Centre to ensure a seamless experience to achieve your vision goals