What types of conditions will benefit from ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery ?
What does the procedure involve?
The laser is used to extract a lenticule of cornea of exact amount and curvature to refocus the eye. Local anaesthesia in the form of eye drops is used during the procedure, as well as a mild oral sedative if the patient so wishes. Laser treatments are carried out in our licensed, accredited day surgery centre which maintains full operating theatre standards.
What equipment is used?
We use the ZEISS Femtosecond LASER to complete the whole procedure. This latest technology ensures fast healing and exceptional accuracy for patients.
Is it covered by Medicare?
Many refractive surgery procedures are not covered under health insurance and Medicare.
Our staff can provide details of this at your consultation. You may be eligible for a tax rebate of 20% on any medical expenses over $1500 incurred in one year. Please discuss this further with your tax accountant. The cost of all surgical procedures will be discussed with our administrative staff on the day of your consultation. Our specialised clinical staff is available to answer any further questions regarding laser treatment.
What are the risks?
As with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider before having surgery. Technology and surgical techniques have reduced these risks to a very low level however, these need to be considered.
- Over or under correction
In adjusting the focus of the eye over or under correction or natural regression can occur. In this case an enhancement procedure may be suggested to improve the result.
Infection of the eye following refractive surgery is rare but if it occurs prompt treatment is necessary. We suggest that the patient is available for follow up for at least one week after surgery.
Very rarely corneal melting and corneal ectasia can occur.
What are the benefits
The visual recovery is remarkably quick. Most patients will begin to see clearly 2 hours after the procedure with good vision being achieved the following day.