Dr. Ramya Sampath from Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Chennai has set a record by performing 200 refractive eye surgeries using the SMILE® procedure on October 13, 2021. This has been verified by the Editorial Board of India Book of Records and will be featured in the book.
Dr. Ramya Sampath and Dr. Preethi Naveen together operated 200 eyes of ReLEx SMILE. The team started the procedures at 7.15 am and finished the last procedure by 11.50 pm. We congratulate both for this remarkable achievement and for helping those patients to restore their vision using SMILE® – the latest innovation in refractive eye surgery.
SMILE or Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) is a minimally invasive and innovative procedure. It is the 3rd generation of refractive eye surgery and the most advanced procedure. It is a bladeless and flapless procedure which is painless and offers the best patient outcomes when compared with other generation of laser eye surgeries. Here, instead of the laser ablation of the cornea, only a minimal amount is lasered to create a lenticule which is then extracted through a keyhole corneal incision. (Compare 2-4 mm to 20 mm used in LASIK for flap creation). ReLEx stands for Refractive Lenticule Extraction which is the most recent innovation in refractive surgery.
Advantages of ReLEx SMILE procedure
With SMILE®, the majority of the upper corneal layers remain intact. This offers the potential for more biomechanical preservation and stability. It is a bladeless, flapless, and painless procedure. SMILE® also reduces the incidence of post-surgery complications such as infections, epithelial ingrowth, and flap dislocations. Thus, SMILE allows patients to lead an active lifestyle. SMILE requires only a small incision rather than a flap, hence, there are fewer transected nerves. Consequently, a significantly reduced incidence of dry eye is likely to be correlated.
5 Reasons to SMILE
-Eye Strength Results in long-term eye strength and corneal stability.
-Freedom from Lenses, SMILE® eliminates your need for glasses and contacts.
-Rapid Visual Recovery, most people return to their normal activities the very next day.
-Minimally Invasive Procedure SMILE® requires only a small incision (2-4mm). This gentle procedure means low infection and no flap detachment.
-Quick & Simple: It takes only a few minutes from start to finish and laser to reshape your cornea is used only for about 30.