ReLEx SMILE in Singapore: Get the full breakdown and avoid hidden fees

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ReLEx SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Incision) is a type of laser vision correction procedure which aims to help you achieve spectacles independence using laser to remove short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmastism.

SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure which combines the qualities of both PRK and LASIK – flapless and fast recovery. A flapless procedure where the corneal structure is left largely intact, SMILE is ideal for individuals who have active lifestyles/occupations with a risk of trauma to the head or eyes and/or for those predisposed to chronic dry eye. The single-step procedure takes only 24 seconds and patients need not change their position unlike LASIK that require 2 different lasers:

  • A femtosecond laser creates a disc-shaped piece of corneal tissue (lenticule) just beneath the surface of the cornea.
  • The same laser then creates a small incision of 4mm in the cornea, from which the lenticule is removed, resulting in a reshaped cornea that corrects the vision.

What is the price of ReLEx SMILE surgery in Singapore?

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Fees

Pre-laser evaluation

$19 to $500

ReLEx SMILE (2 eyes)

$5,299 to $6,000

Medication

$97 to $200

Post-op review

$0 to $150

Most eye centres will be able to give you an estimate of the cost of ReLEx SMILE surgery. Final cost will be provided upon confirmation of the procedure.

Are there additional fees involved before the surgery?

Usually, the whole procedure will start with a typical pre-laser evaluation that can cost up to $500 depending on the eye centre and eye surgeon. At Atlas Eye Centre, our pre-laser evaluation, a full eye examination which includes dilation of the pupils and consultation with Dr David Chan, costs $19 and takes 3 hours.

What are post-op reviews going to cost me?

At Atlas Eye, the first 3 post-op reviews are included in the surgery fees. Other eye centres may include 1 to 3 post-op reviews in the surgery fees while others can charge separately for the reviews, which may range between $80 and $150.

Can I claim Medisave or insurance for ReLEx SMILE?

Medisave can be only used if the difference in power between your 2 eyes is at least 300 degrees AND you are intolerant to glasses and contact lenses. Most insurance policies do not cover ReLEx SMILE as it is considered an elective/optional treatment. Patients can however check with the agents for coverage.

Why is ReLEx SMILE gaining popularity these days?

SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure which combines the qualities of both PRK and LASIK. It is a flapless procedure which promises better long-term safety and lesser dry eye. It also promises faster recovery with a small 4mm incision.