On the day of your ReLEx SMILE surgery, it’s best not to wear eye makeup or to put any drops in the eye.
When you arrive at your appointment, you will be shown into the laser suite where our friendly surgical staff will be waiting for you. You will then be taken into the laser room once everything has been prepared.
As you lie on the couch, the surgeon will move you into position under the laser. A drop of anaesthetic is placed on your cornea and we provide special support for your eyelids so there is no need to worry about blinking.
The surgeon will be giving you instructions throughout the process and guide you through the procedure. It is very important that you listen carefully and follow the instructions exactly to make the process as smooth as possible.
You will be asked to stare at a green flashing light to hold your gaze in the correct place. The laser machine will slowly manoeuvre you into the exact position while you stare at the green light. It will then make gentle contact with your eye.
The ReLEx SMILE laser process takes approximately 25 seconds, after which the surgeon will remove the lenticule carved by the laser. This is then repeated on the other eye.
After this, you can sit up and begin to check out your new vision.