Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey

Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey represents the pinnacle of innovation in laser eye surgery, offering the first painless and minimally invasive procedure of its kind. Taking laser eye treatment to new heights, ReLEx smile keyhole technology ensures a safer, gentler, and faster experience. By creating a mere 2mm opening, the laser prepares a 3D disc (lenticule) within the cornea, which is then effortlessly removed through this precise “keyhole” approach.

The lenticule in ReLEx smile surgery corresponds in volume and shape to the amount of tissue needed to correct your refractive error. This procedure maintains corneal stability and minimally affects tear film production, making it an excellent choice for patients with dry eyes or contact lens intolerances. As a result, it is our top laser eye procedure for patients experiencing contact lens issues.

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Smile Eye Laser Turkey – Risks, Operational

Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey – Candidacy

Most suitable candidates for ReLEx SMILE:

  • Age: 21 years or older.
  • Stable prescription: Must have had a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least the past two years.
  • Common refractive errors: Suitable for those affected by common types of refractive error, such as short-sightedness or short-sighted astigmatism.
  • Gentle and painless: ReLEx SMILE is a gentle and painless development of the LASIK method.
  • High degree of ametropia: Particularly suitable for patients with a high degree of ametropia.
  • Dry eyes: Suitable for patients with very dry eyes, for whom other surgical procedures may not be recommended.

Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey – Procedure and After

The femtosecond eye laser operates within the cornea, specifically targeting a small piece known as the “lenticle.” This delicate portion is meticulously dissected and removed through a precise incision, a process referred to as “Refractive Lenticle Extraction” or simply ReLEx. By correcting the ametropia, or refractive error, the procedure aims to restore visual acuity.

Typically taking just five minutes per eye, ReLEx SMILE surgery offers the advantage of swift recovery. Many patients experience a remarkable 75% vision improvement as early as the following day. It is important to note, however, that individual healing processes may vary. While some patients may resume work or school immediately, it is generally advised to take it easy for the first three days. That being said, routine activities like showering or engaging in sports can be resumed promptly.

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Relex Smile Method

The ReLEx SMILE laser eye method from Zeiss (small incision lenticule extraction) is a new method of refractive laser surgery based on PRK and LASIK. In the SMILE method, a corneal lenticle is cut out using a femtosecond laser. This must then be removed manually. In terms of the healing time, this procedure is similar to LASIK, but post-correction is more difficult and is carried out as PRK on the surface.

Advantage of Relex Smile

  • No chance of the flap moving, shifting, dislocating or folding.
  • Gentle and safe
  • Much less chance of developing dry eyes
  • Fast healing
  • Much better for the long term stability of the cornea
  • The treatment takes place in a closed environment, without outside contact. Unaffected by outside temperature, humidity, draft, etc. This increases the precision.

Disadvantages of Relex Smile

  • No re-corrections possible, Femto-LASIK or transPRK would have to be re-lasered
  • The required condition of the cornea is no longer guaranteed
  • After docking on the eye, readjustment of the laser is no longer possible
  • Incomplete cuts
  • Loss of suction
  • Tissue folds, fluctuations in vision
  • Epithelial ingrowth


ReLEx SMILE is a minimally invasive laser eye surgery that corrects vision for people with high degrees of short-sightedness. With the femtosecond laser VisuMax, a thin corneal lens is created and removed through a small incision, preserving the cornea’s natural structure. SMILE offers a simpler and less invasive option compared to LASIK, with faster recovery and fewer complications. It allows correction of myopia up to -10 D and astigmatism up to 5 D.


Preparation of the Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey

Before undergoing the Relex Smile Eye Laser in Turkey, it is important to make certain preparations. Firstly, refrain from wearing contact lenses for several weeks prior to the operation, as they can affect the shape of your cornea. On the day of the procedure, avoid using perfume, cologne, hairspray, or after-shave. Also, it is crucial to refrain from wearing eye makeup or foundation. The night before the procedure, gently cleanse your eye by using a warm washcloth to remove all traces of eye makeup. You may continue with your regular eating and drinking habits, but try to minimize excessive smoking. Opt for comfortable clothing that allows you to feel at ease. Lastly, it is vital to avoid swimming, hot tubs, and gardening for a week, and prevent water from directly coming into contact with your eye(s).

During the Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey

The entire procedure, including preparation, briefing, and administration of anesthesia, takes approximately 30 minutes. The laser procedure itself, which involves both eyes, lasts less than 20 minutes. It is normal for patients to feel nervous, and if they are extremely restless, the anesthetic specialist will provide sedative tablets.

To ensure you don’t blink during the operation, your eyes are anesthetized with drops, and an eyelid opener is used. If you are undergoing surgery on one eye, the other eye will be covered. Your eye is gently fixed with a contact lens that is individually adapted. Using the advanced femtosecond laser VisuMax®, a small incision of 2 to 2.5mm is created in the cornea to prepare the lenticle.

During this process, you may see a bright point, but you will hardly feel anything. Once the lenticule is prepared, it is carefully removed. The tiny tunnel incision will close on its own after the procedure, and no further postoperative measures are necessary. It is important to arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up after the operation, as you are not allowed to drive yourself. We recommend wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes.

After the Relex Smile Eye Laser Turkey

  • After the procedure, it is essential to wear the eye shield to safeguard the eyes from water for a duration of 3 days.
  • Refrain from rubbing your eyes to prevent any discomfort.
  • It is recommended to use artificial tear drops approximately 5 times a day to keep the eyes moisturized.
  • Avoid applying eye makeup for a minimum of one week following the surgery.
  • For a week after the procedure, it is advised to refrain from swimming or diving activities.
  • It is beneficial to stay away from smoky or dusty environments to ensure a smooth recovery process.


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