The day of the SMILE procedure? What will happen?
On the day of the ReLEx SMILE operation you will arrive at the time given to you. It’s best not to wear eye makeup or to put any drops in the eye. The reception staff will check your details and then you will be shown in to the laser suite where the surgical staff will be. Once ready you will be escorted into the laser room. You will lie down on the laser trolley and the surgeon will move you into position under the laser.
A drop of anaesthetic is placed on your cornea and a clip is placed between your lids to hold them open. The surgeon will be giving verbal instructions during all this time.
You will be asked to stare at blue light to hold your gaze in the correct place. Slowly the laser machine will manoeuvre you into the precise position while you stare at the blue light. Then the laser machine will make contact with your eye with a gentle kiss. When everything is ready the laser starts and approximately 27 seconds later the laser procedure is finished. The surgeon removes the lenticule carved by the laser. Then the exact same procedure is carried out on the other eye.
When all is finished the trolley will be brought back to the rest position and you can sit up and begin to check out your new vision.