You may have heard about a new alternative to the Lasik procedure on the market called Relex SMILE. It is an FDA approved option for patients with nearsightedness. People who once were turned away from Lasik because of eye irregularities or thin corneas can now get clearer vision with the ReLex SMILE treatment.
As with any laser procedure, the patient is given numbing drops to make sure there is no pain. In the Relex SMILE procedure, the surgeon uses a laser similar to the ones used for Lasik to take out a lenticule, a small disc out of the side of the cornea to access the inner part of the tissue. He or she reshapes the cornea in just a few minutes per eye. You are free to ride home with your designated driver and rest for the next 24 hours where the fast healing comes into play. Compared to Lasik, in the Relex SMILE procedure, you can get back to swimming and hot tub use in just a few days instead of weeks. You can also return to rigorous exercise faster too.