ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery

The latest development in laser eye surgery. Extremely quick recovery and ideal for getting back to activities quicker. Book your FREE no obligation laser eye screening appointment today.

100% of Patients Achieve Driving Level Vision or Better

Fast, Easy, Painless Procedures Finished in 15 Minutes

From £1,925 per eye. 0% Interest Free Credit Available

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What is ReLEx SMILE?

SMILE, or small incision lenticule extraction, is the latest development in Laser Vision Correction. Although relatively new in the UK, it was a natural evolution of femtosecond lasers in refractive surgery and has a 10 years track record. The procedure is carried out exclusively with one femtosecond laser (Visumax by Carl Zeiss). SMILE reduces or eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses by correcting short-sightedness (myopia) and astigmatism.

SMILE combines the advantages of LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation, with rapid visual recovery and better preservation of the natural stability of the cornea.

With SMILE no flap is created and the epithelium (superficial self-healing layer of the cornea) is not removed. This means the healing time and the ability to see clearly are a lot quicker than with Advanced Surface Ablation, but slightly slower than with LASIK. The absence of a flap allows the treatment of high myopia, thinner corneas and eyes with mild to moderate dryness. Corneal nerves are relatively spared in SMILE and the risk of dry eye following surgery is reduced compared to LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation. Finally, there is no risk of trauma related flap complications, so physical activities and swimming can be resumed sooner than after either LASIK or Advanced Surface Ablation.

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How SMILE Works


The Visumax by Carl Zeiss is the latest technology used exclusively for this procedure.

The Procedure

Similar to LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation, the procedure is painless, with only a small pressure feeling; SMILE typically lasts 5-10 minutes for each eye.

Anaesthetic drops will be used to numb the eyes and you will have a ‘lid speculum’ applied, which keeps your eyes open and stops you from blinking. This can create a pressure feeling but is not painful. You will then look at a small light above you as the laser is positioned. The first part of the procedure involves the Visumax laser creating a ‘lenticule’ by carving out the corneal tissue. The ‘lenticule’, a disc shaped tissue approximately 6mm in width, is then removed by your surgeon from within the cornea in the second part of the procedure; this is achieved through a small 2-4 mm keyhole incision that is made by the laser. This results in a change in the shape of the cornea, correcting the underlying refractive error. This is all done using one laser.


SMILE combines the advantages of LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation. By day 1, 80% of the visual correction is noticeable, with the full improvement achieved gradually over the next few weeks.

Immediately after the procedure you will be taken to your room to rest where the surgeon will check your eyes. Before discharge from the laser clinic, drops are given to help keep your eyes moist as well as prevent infection and inflammation. You will continue to administer these at home for the next few weeks. You should arrange for someone to drive you home where you should rest for the remainder of the day.

A minor gritty sensation and sensitivity to light may be experienced for the first 24 hours. Although care will be needed for a longer period, return to swimming, heavy exercise and contact sports can be achieved sooner than LASIK. 


You will return to the clinic within the first 24-48 hours following the procedure to check on your progress. Your Laser Vision Eye Centre surgeons, David or Aris, will conduct this check up. You will also have check ups at 1-2 weeks and 3 months.

Excellent 5-Star Patient Reviews

We're rated excellent on Trustpilot & average 5-stars on Google, Doctify and TopDoctor for the outstanding service we provide before, during & after treatment.

Hannah Gough
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An absolute dream
Aris and team made the whole procedure from start to finish an absolute dream. All questions answered in a language that anyone could understand, more detail given when requested. Calming even during the procedure. Appointments ran fairly late, so could go outside of work hours and travel. Everything was efficient, didn't have to chase, they handled all the faff around COVID like champs. Don't forget to enter your reg number on arrival to the hospital though!
Julie House
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My whol experience has been superb
I am today the morning after having completed presbyond surgery and I am absolutely delighted. The actual surgery was nothing to worry about and is completely pain free. I have spent my first night with slightly fuzzy vision and mildly gritty eyes but this really was the only side effect. This morning I opened my eyes to vision better than I can ever remember and on having my first check with Mr. Anderson it was confirmed I have 20/20 vision.
Victoria Lewis
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The ‘Gold Standard’ of laser eye surgery
Mr David Anderson is one of the leading Consultant Ophthalmologists which is why I chose him to perform my surgery. During the consultation I was very much assured that I was in good hands, but also having the ‘Gold Standard’ of laser eye surgery. It was explained that my best option was LASEK due to an eye infection rendering me contact lens intolerant. This also left me with a slightly reduced tear film... read more.
Anna Blackman
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I now have better than 20/20 vision
From start to finish, Mr Anderson and his team were wonderful!! Mr Anderson always took his time, explained every clearly and was happy to answer any questions. I now have better than 20/20 vision - and no more glasses 🙂 I would recommend Mr Anderson to anyone looking into laser eye surgery!
Lynn Farley-Rose
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I wish I hadn't waited so long
Following an injury to my cornea that never healed properly, I had phototherapeutic keratectomy. At all stages I have had the chance to ask plenty of questions and have been given balanced information. The procedure itself was done with great efficiency and professionalism from both the medical and nursing staff. Aftercare has also been good and I am entirely satisfied. I only wish I hadn't waited so long to have it done!
John Waterman
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Cannot recommend enough
The process was completely painless and quick. Any concerns you have to do with treatment whether it be the treatment itself, the aftercare... Dr Anderson will explain in detail and with patience. Also your are looked after so well by the nurses just before and after your treatment, they honestly couldn't do more to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. You are booked in for follow up treatments after your surgery and you feel like they really do care about how your eyes are and how much better your vision is, which is an incredible difference ,you feel like you aren't just a customer who they want in and out.
Graham Charlesworth
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I have been thoroughly impressed
I have been thoroughly impressed with the level of care and professionalism that Aris and his team have shown at all stages in the process. The initial assessment, the procedure itself and then follow-up consultations. Although this was something that I approached with much trepidation I am really happy with the way that it ended up and the path that I followed.

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