The ReLEx SMILE Procedure
Is a refractive correction procedure from Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, which is carried out in a single step with a femtosecond laser, without the need to cut a flap. The femtosecond laser creates a refractive lenticule (a thin round section of corneal tissue formed by creating a lower then upper femtosecond laser pass) in the centre of the cornea. A small incision, less than 4mm, is then made in an otherwise intact cornea. The lenticule is then released from the cornea by using a fine spatula (6-835, 6-836 or 6-836-1) and then removed through the small incision using a fine pair of forceps (2-836). The removal of the lenticule has now permanently reshaped the cornea to correct the refractive error.