Laser eye surgery Turkey – ReLEx SMILE
Contemporary, painless ReLEx® SMILE eye lasers
ReLEx® SMILE is the most innovative form of laser eye surgery and the first painless, minimally invasive laser eye procedure. When correcting with the ReLEx-SMILE eye laser, the cornea remains intact apart from a tiny cut of 2 – 3 mm. Numerous studies show that gentle laser eye surgery with ReLEx® SMILE is superior to LASIK and Femto-LASIK in terms of safety and stability of the eye and has fewer side effects. It is even suitable for patients with greater ametropia, thinner corneas or dry eyes. For this reason, it is our No. 1 laser eye procedure for patients with contact lens problems.
ReLEx SMILE – costs, risks and operational sequence
The ReLEx SMILE procedure (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is one of the latest laser eye methods. It has been approved in Germany since 2008 and was taught by Prof. Dr. Walter Secondo and Prof. Dr. Marcus Blum developed in cooperation with Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. The procedure has since established itself worldwide: In 2017, more than 10 percent of all global laser operations to correct ametropia were performed using the SMILE method.
ReLEx SMILE – application and suitability
ReLEx SMILE laser eye surgery is used to correct astigmatism and nearsightedness (myopia). It is a particularly gentle and painless further development of the LASIK method. For this reason, ReLEx SMILE is particularly suitable for patients with a high degree of ametropia or with very dry eyes, for whom other surgical procedures are out of the question.
ReLEx SMILE treatment: procedure during and after the operation
The femtosecond eye laser works inside the cornea. A small piece of the cornea (lenticle) is dissected and removed through the incision opening. The eponymous technical term for this process is “Refractive Lenticle Extraction” – ReLEx for short. The ametropia is then corrected. Usually the process takes about five minutes per eye.
After this minimally invasive procedure, those treated are hardly restricted. The vision of the affected eye may still be somewhat impaired in the first few hours. Nevertheless, everyday activities such as showering or playing sports can be carried out again quickly. The success of the treatment can usually be assessed the next day and the desired refractive power of the eye established. The subtleties can still emerge within the next few weeks.
Ulus Liv Hospital
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Liv Hospital, which was designed with inspiration from the self-healing ability of the human body, knows that the biggest treatment started with peace since the first day it was opened and continues to move forward with a personalized treatment focus. With its patient-oriented approach, distinguished physician staff, healthcare personnel, medical infrastructure and technology, Liv Hospital Ulus / Istanbul consists of 154 beds, 8 operating rooms and 50 clinics in a 30 thousand square meter closed area. Impeccable service concept, the concept of health is not a disease that emphasizes posture Live Hospital, Turkey’s health vision aims to be the institution that represents the international arena. It also offers the best service and solutions to increase the quality of life.
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Asst. Prof. Dr. Ali Nihat Ofluoğlu
He graduated from the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University in 1986. From 1992 to 1996 he completed his specialization in ophthalmology and surgery at the University of Vienna, Austria. It received its equivalence from the Medical Faculty of Istanbul University. From 1997 to 2014 he was director of the eye clinic at the German hospital in Taksim. From 2014 to 2018, he worked as an assistant professor at the eye clinic of the Yeni Yüzyıl University Istanbul. He has been running his own clinic since 2014.
ASCRS (American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery)
ESCRS (European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons)
TOD (Turkish Society for Ophthalmology).
He speaks German and English
He is particularly experienced in cataract surgery and laser surgery. He performed excimer laser more than 30,000 and cataract surgery on 8,000.
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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.
New generation eye lasers
The SMILE method (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is the new generation of laser eye treatment: effective and gentle at the same time. In the meantime, the SMILE has already been successfully used more than 550,000 times by over 800 eye surgeons worldwide.
SMILE offers the possibility of maintaining the biomechanical stability of the upper corneal layers and significantly reducing the occurrence of dry eye syndrome.
- minimally invasive
- Gentle and safe
- Fast healing
- possible for dry eyes and thin corneas
- 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
The laser eye SMILE method (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is the latest generation of refractive laser surgery according to PRK and LASIK. SMILE means: Highly precise. Minimally invasive. For sure.
ReLEx SMILE: The innovative surgical technology
With the femtosecond laser VisuMax® from Carl Zeiss Meditec, the surgeon first creates a thin corneal lens, the so-called lenticle, in the intact cornea, and then a small access as a minimally invasive tunnel. The surgeon carefully removes the lenticule through this tunnel.
You will be amazed how quickly it is over! A quick look at the watch will show that you can already see better without glasses than before the operation! The special plus of the SMILE is that the cornea retains its natural structure when the correction is carried out. The studies prove that the corneal tissue stability is best preserved after SMILE. In addition, the SMILE is absolutely unbeatable in terms of comfort after the operation: as a rule, you can no longer feel anything on the eye after just 2 hours.
In comparison, with LASIK and Femto-LASIK, a thin corneal flap, the so-called flap, is prepared first. The flap is folded back and the corneal layers underneath are ablated according to the degree of myopia with a computer-controlled excimer laser (point-like vaporization). With this procedure, the foreign body sensation may persist for 5 to 7 hours after the operation.
ReLEx® SMILE is the first minimally invasive and painless laser eye procedure
ReLEx® SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. In this laser eye procedure, the femtosecond laser prepares a thin slice of the cornea (lenticle) inside the cornea in order to correct the ametropia. The surgeon then removes the lenticule through a minimal opening of only 3 mm. A large opening of the upper corneal layer (flap) is no longer necessary. Therefore, there are hardly any restrictions after the laser eye surgery, 20 minutes after the operation you can even do sports and showering is also allowed. With the ReLEx SMILE laser eye procedure, myopia up to a maximum of –10 D (with sufficient corneal thickness) and astigmatism up to 5 D can be corrected.
Since wearing contact lenses can affect the shape of your cornea, you should avoid your contact lenses for several weeks before the operation.
Start this day with your usual routines. That lets you calm down. Clean your eye area particularly thoroughly and make sure not to use any cosmetic products such as face creams, make-up or perfumes on the day before the treatment and on the day of the treatment itself. You can follow your normal eating and drinking habits. However, you should refrain from smoking excessively. It is best to wear comfortable clothes that you feel comfortable in.
The procedure takes place on an outpatient basis and takes an average of 20 minutes for both eyes. A little excitement and nervousness are quite normal. If you feel too restless, you will be given a sedative tablet on request. Before the procedure, we go through all the data together again before the first eye is anesthetized with drops. So that you don’t blink during the operation, an eyelid opener is used and the other eye is covered. Next, your eye is fixed very gently with the help of an individually adapted contact lens. With the femtosecond laser VisuMax®, the lenticle and a tiny tunnel incision (2 to 2.5mm) are created in the cornea. Once this has happened, the surgeon prepares the lenticule freely and pulls it out. During this process you will see a bright point, but you will hardly feel anything. After the procedure, the tiny tunnel incision closes by itself. No further postoperative measures are necessary. It is best to have family or friends pick you up after the operation, as you are not allowed to drive yourself after the treatment. We recommend that you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
After the procedure
After the procedure, be careful not to rub your eyes. You will receive eye drops from us for the week after the treatment. You should drip this into the treated eye around five times a day. If necessary, you will also receive artificial tears from us. After two to three days you can go back to work and take up sporting activities. However, you should avoid hobbies such as swimming or taking a sauna for about three to four weeks in order to minimize the risk of infections. We check the success of the treatment one day, several days and again a few weeks after the operation. If you have any questions, you can of course also contact us in the meantime.