1. A non-binding, advisory individual counseling interview with a patient
In the course of a non-binding, advisory individual counseling interview with you, your doctor will first establish the principal eligibility of your eyes for «ReLEx smile» operation procedure. For this purpose, a measurement of all the relevant parameters of your eyes will be required.
2. Comprehensive preliminary examination
A comprehensive preliminary medical examination will precede the conduct of the examination. Prior to this preliminary medical examination, you will have to avoid wearing contact lenses under any circumstances, because the continuous wearing of the contact lenses may affect the shape of the cornea. Under certain circumstances, the process of restoration of the natural shape of the cornea after the removal the contact lenses may take up to several weeks. Inadequate duration of the period preceding the beginning of the period of medical examination, during which you should have refrained from wearing your contact lenses, may lead to undesirable consequences (adverse events) – in particular, to the planning of the operation, which does not take into consideration all the actual characteristics of your eyes, and, as a result – to the possible poor result of the operation, first of all – to the insufficient acuity of vision after the operation has been completed. Prior to the beginning of the medical examination, you should refrain from wearing your soft contact lenses for at least, one week,better yet – for two weeks. In the event that you wear hard contact lenses, the abovementioned period of time should make at least two weeks. Furthermore, during the preoperative period, you should refrain from wearing your glasses for the same period of time.
On the day that precedes the day of the beginning of the treatment, as well as on the day of the operation, you should avoid using any cosmetic products, such as creams, lotions, etc., as well as cosmetics and perfumes; otherwise, you may increase the risks of infection or contamination of the operative field. The area around the eyes should be thoroughly cleaned, especially in the morning of the day of the operation.
3. Operation conducted in accordance with «ReLEx» technology
On the day of the operation, you should wear, if possible, the most comfortable clothes. You may eat the usual food and drink the same drinks, but you should refrain from smoking. For hygienic purposes, you will need to wash your face thoroughly one more time and completely remove any remnants of your makeup or cosmetics.
Upon the arrival at the (private) medical facility / clinic, you will receive the patient’s record, which you will have to fill in. Before the beginning of the operation, at your own request, you may also get an anti-anxiety drug.
The next step will be directly the operation, which will be performed on an outpatient basis and will last only about 20 minutes for both eyes. First of all, you will be welcomed by our surgeon, who will once again make certain of the correctness of your personal data before the anesthetic eye drops are applied to the surface of your cornea. In order to prevent eye blinking during the operation, special eyelids opening (and fixing) device will be used. Another eye will be kept closed during the operation.
The following procedure is the preparation of the cornea lenticle in the cornea with the use of «VisuMax» femtosecond laser. A contact glass adapted to the shape of the cornea is used for fixing the eye. You will see a bright spot in the course of these procedures, but you will hardly perceive anything. Upon completion of the procedure for the preparation of the cornea lenticle, the surgeon, using the laser, will make a small, no more than four millimeters long, incision, through which he will separate and gently extract cornea lenticle. This small operation area will close by itself after the correction has been completed, so there is no necessity in the suturing procedure. In addition, there is no need to comply with any special postoperative precautionary measures. You, and most probably, the majority of the patients, will apparently be amazed by the short duration of the operation, as well as by the fact that in this case you almost feel nothing. Eye-bandage will not be required, a pair of sunglasses will be recommended instead. You will not be allowed to climb behind the wheel of a car Immediately after the operation.
4. Period following the operation conducted in accordance with «ReLEx» technology
After the operation, you should not rub your eyes. You will also receive antibiotic eye drops, which will be five times a day for a week to bury his eyes, and - if necessary - even eye drops "artificial tears." Under normal conditions, you can in two - three days to start working again. Resume sports you can also about three days. At the same time, to reduce the risk of infection, it is necessary to avoid visiting the swimming pool and sauna for about two weeks.
Medical examinations are conducted in one day, one week and one month. You will be able to get back to driving only upon the receipt of the doctor's permission, which, as a rule, is issued after the medical examination, within one week after the operation.