Difference between PRK, LASIK and ReLEx SMILE laser eye surgery

More about PRK:

A PRK procedure reshapes the cornea thereby reduces dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It is performed for correcting myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. This refractive error correction is performed using an excimer laser, usually in patients for whom LASIK is not suitable or if they have conditions like thin cornea or severe dry eyes, or have had LASIK surgery done in the past and one cannot lift the ‘ corneal flap’ for a re treatment.

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PRK was a procedure earlier to LASIK. LASIK was introduced to tackle the complications of PRK in terms of pain, haze, and other healing issues.

In LASIK a protective corneal flap is created and this flap is lifted and cornea reshaped using the excimer laser. The flap is then placed back and it heals in few days time. The limitation of LASIK was that due to this flap creation, one faced issues such as dryness of eyes, and a serious although extremely rare complication termed “corneal ectasia”. This was attributed to the flap which was made by the ‘cutting’ of the first few layers of the cornea, thereby resulting in weakening it and loss of its corneal integrity. To avoid such complications, the newer method is ReLEx Smile. In this there is no flap, hence no cut, hence no weakening of corneal fibres. Thus ReLEx smile was introduced not to make the vision sharper than what LASIK is achieveing, but in order to remove the complications which came due to ‘flap’ creation.

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  • A lenticule is created deep in the cornea, thus saving the first layers.
  • It is a flapless procedure and only requires a keyhole incision to remove the lenticue
  • It uses a highly advanced 3rd generation Femtosecond laser viz the Zeiss VisuMax
  • It is suitable for patients with high powers and those prone to dryness due to serious computer related work.
  • Compared to LASIK, ReLEx Smile it is 80 % smaller side keyhole incision.


Comparision between PRK and LASIK and ReLEx Smile:

Let’s look into the major areas they differ in.

  • Visual Outcome: Not much difference between the results after a year of LASIK and PRK cases. A gradual vision improvement could be expected in PRK than in LASIK. LASIK vision improvement is better and faster than PRK. In ReLEx Smile excellent visual results could be expected.
  • Visual Recovery: PRK takes more time than LASIK. ReLEx smile is comparable to LASIK. Visual recovery differs from patient to patient.
  • Post operative Complications: No Flap related complications in PRK while flap related complications could be present in LASIK. However the chances of post surgery infection and inflammation are more in PRK than LASIK. ReLEx Smile has almost no post operative complication and the safest among all.
  • Recovery time: LASIK and ReLEx Smile have faster recovery compared to PRK. ReLEx Smile is the quickest thereby making it possible to return to routine activities very soon. ReLEx Smile has minimal restrictions to get back to contact sports or swimming.
  • Pain: Less pain and more comfort in LASIK compared to PRK. ReLEx Smile is most comfortable out of them.
  • Procedure difference: PRK is directly on the corneal surface hence no flap is created. The entire outer part of the cornea (epithelial layer) is removed and discarded. The corneal architecture is least compromised in ReLEx Smile compared to PRK and LASIK.
  • Cost difference: ReLEx Smile is more expensive than LASIK given the new advancement of technology and PRK. PRK is comparatively the lowest.
  • Flap related issues: PRK and ReLEx Smile have no chance of Flap related issues while LASIK could have chances of the same.
  • Dry Eyes: PRK and ReLEx Smile have least incidence of dry eyes compared with LASIK.

Over the years of research, the latest techniques, the surgical procedures and equipments have evolved in the refractive arena thus empowering precision and expertise to maximize results with minimal concerns.

Do get in touch with us for more details and consultation to get your doubts cleared and get the best treatment for you.

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Common Eye Problems and Disorders


Whenever one notices a symptom related to the eyes, there may be more to see than what meets the eye! An underlining cause may be behind it, and could be skipped in the diagnosis unless you delve deeper. On a thorough eye examination and consultation, it is possible to co-relate the possible cause and effect and provide the right remedy and treatment.

It is always best to treat at the early stage of any eye disorder in order to protect eyes and other organs from further damage. Patients have various kinds of problems, some minor while some are major or it could even be a life threatening condition, not to be ignored. Let’s discuss them in the trailing series of topics in order to have a better understanding and insight on these common complaints which could mean more.

In this blog we understand the common eye issues that we normally come across, but these blogs are mainly for general education purpose and cannot replace the ophthalmologist consultation and advice.

      Common patient eye issues:

  1. Discomfort and tiredness in both eyes

            What it may mean?

  • Computer Vision Syndrome: Tiredness in the eyes is a common problem reported by those who use computers for a prolonged time without much eye blinking. If unattended could lead to Computer Vision Syndrome.
  • Eye Fatigue: This is caused mainly due to prolonged strain on the eyes due to reading, writing or driving.
  • Dry Eyes: Needs quantitative and qualitative tests on the tear film for final diagnosis

Depending on the extent and severity of discomfort and when it is associated with redness or pain the diagnosis changes and so with the treatment too.  Eye strain may lead to other problems, such as headaches, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, photophobia.

  1. Headache

      What it may mean?

  • Long sightedness/ Astigmatism/ Refractive errors: One of the simplest causes to treat is when you have some spectacle prescription or a change in the older prescription and the eye strain leads to headaches. These can be easily diagnosed with the help of an eye examination and also very easily treated by wearing the correct glass prescription.
  • Sinusitis: Sinuses are air spaces around the eyes with a mucus lining. Any inflammation of these areas is referred to as an eye pain, pull inside the eyeball or heaviness in the eyes. Patients assume that this is due to a change in prescription and hence visit the eye specialist. However, the cause is an inflammation of the sinuses around the eyes and not from inside the eye per se. This inflammation is usually caused due to allergy, change in weather, associated with colds etc and simple steps like steam inhalations and staying away from cold foods and drinks is the first step in treatment.
  • Ocular Migraine: When headache is followed by visual disturbances, it could be an ocular migraine. These are episodic and can cause temporary blindness, which is very frightening. Spasms in the blood vessels of the eye lead to these symptoms. It is important to get your eyes checked and also check if you have fluctuations in blood pressure.
  • Other causes: Continuous headaches, or those which are progressive, associated with epileptic attacks or muscular spasms; those in young age group (early onset), or those which wake you up from sleep etc are the kind of headaches one should not ignore. It could also be a symptom which preceded viral fever, dengue etc. Exploration of cause should be focused on finding systemic causes, neurological conditions etc for this one may need help of a good physician with sound clinical expertise to guide you properly regarding the investigations that would need to be done to find the cause.


  1. Redness:

What it may mean?

Redness could be at a specific time of the day like in the evening only or the entire day. It could be signs of inflammation, infection, injury to the eye. Conjunctivitis is the commonest cause. It could be unilateral or bilateral (in both eyes). There are different types of conjunctivitis such as viral, bacterial and the most common which is allergic. Sometimes redness could be an indication of other eye conditions like uveitis or glaucoma.

  1. Haziness in Eyes:

What it may mean?

Haziness or cloudy vision could be possibilities of damage in the cornea, indications to several eye disorders including cataract, glaucoma etc. They could also indicate sign and symptom of possible refractive error, which is the simplest to treat using correct spectacle prescription. Other conditions such as optic nerve inflammations, drug reactions, etc need further tests and deeper examination.

The eye being a very delicate and sensitive vital organ of the body, it is not worth neglecting or ignoring any symptoms associated with vision.

We should be watchful and alert for minor symptoms and warnings. When our eyes talk in the form of symptoms like the ones discussed above, we need to pay attention and listen to the call and take the necessary action quickly. An immediate consultation depending on the urgency of the situation would help in resolving many complications. It is prudent and always advisable to avoid self treatment and consult with the ophthalmologist at the right time.

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Are you scared to undergo Laser eye surgery?

What’s holding you back from having laser eye surgery?

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We have seen in the earlier article on this blog regarding the common fears of Laser Eye surgery and how these could be tackled. Confusion or doubts still left unanswered could be easily clarified during a one- on- one consultation.

Let’s delve into some aspects on what could be discouraging you or holding you back from undergoing the laser eye procedure. This could be just one major reason or even a combination of many.

  • Fears before and during surgery: Some people have a great fear of pain that they think they will experience during the surgery. Some may even find it difficult to remain still, then fearing an adverse outcome caused due to their head or eye movement during the procedure! When one has not taken steps to learn what can be done for these issues, then the fear lingers on and one may even miss the opportunity of the great benefits that a laser eye surgery may have for them.
  • Fear post surgery of certain complications: Some are fearful of going blind. Clear understanding and confidence on the latest treatment and with your surgeon, helps you to build trust in the procedure and its outcomes. It was in early 80s that the Laser Eye surgery was first developed and further innovation and advancement value added to achieve the latest techniques we have today. The laser beam does not even enter the eyeball. The vision or sight giving apparatus is located deep within. Hence, this fear of going blind is close to not possible.
  • Choice of LASIK centre and doctor: Unable to locate right hospital or find right doctor may hold you back from treatment. Yes, this is an important aspect as you will need an experienced surgeon and also one who has the best of your interests in mind.
  • Doubts on quality of the treatment: Finding the ‘right’ hospital should not leave any room for doubts on the quality of treatment which is non – negotiable. You need to ensure if you are the right candidate for the surgery and be aware of the associated risks if any.
  • The cost factor: The cost factor could be one of the major reasons holding you back. Some feel it is too costly even without any enquiry. Ask for alternate options and beware the cheapest may not be the best. The mode of payment most suitable could be worked out.

            How to overcome ‘fear of having laser eye surgery’?

  • Open discussion with the surgeon and counsellor.
  • Read and understand more on the surgery benefits, risks etc.
  • Clear the doubts and gain better understanding.
  • Testimonies of patients already undergone the surgery. Ask the centre to share contacts of patients who are willing to discuss their experience
  • Discuss and clear doubts on the costing.


Reassurance instills confidence. Having better understanding, preparedness and openness with your surgeon during consultation helps you to overcome your fears and face it. In case you are not a good candidate for Laser Eye surgery you would be informed and alternatives would be suggested. This could subsequently help you to take a decision accordingly. It is quite common that in some cases, laser eye surgery may not be required or one may not be eligible. However be the case, we ensure that you get an anxiety free treatment in its best.

You will not know where you stand until you get the examination done for your eyes. Until then, your decisions would be only based upon someone else’s opinion and experiences, and not necessarily that the same would apply to you. Yes, it is important to do enough homework before considering the procedure, but till the time you get a thorough LASIK evaluation for yourself, keep in mind that the information you read was general information and not necessarily that which is applicable in your case.

Why opt for old conventional laser eye surgery when you can now get the best treatment with good results the latest technology? The advancement from the old conventional laser eye surgery to wavefront procedures and ReLEx smile laser procedures using the latest technology with new generation excimer lasers makes a world of difference.

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Symptoms after LASIK laser eye surgery

Normal symptoms you may experience after LASIK laser eye surgery

LASIK is performed in order to correct refractive errors or spectacle powers. Most people opt for LASIK with an intention to discontinue contact lenses or free themselves from spectacles.  Many choose this procedure when they start having trouble with their lenses, or are fed up of glasses, having faced some situation which motivates them to consider a permanent laser eye treatment.

As you already know LASIK is generally considered to be a very safe and hassle- free procedure; however you should expect a few symptoms after the procedure, which are common. Recovery time varies from patient to patient and also depends on the type of LASIK performed.  Most of the symptoms are self limiting and settle down as you heal with time. Those which linger are treatable.

Listed here a Few commonly faced symptoms after LASIK  laser eye surgery:

  • Experiencing sight discomfort in the first few hours (24-48) is normal and is a part of the post operative healing process.
  • Mild irritation- Mild irritation or watery eyes on the day of procedure is expected and eye drops are administered for soothing the symptoms.
  • Heaviness of the head- this settles down on the day of procedure. However, due to the wetness of the eye drops, in some due to anxiety, the heaviness can linger in the first week. A simple pain killer eases this symptom.
  • Light sensitivity – Temporary light sensitivity is normal and expected to subside within a day.
  • Vision fluctuation or focusing problems – Some patients may experience these during the first few weeks after LASIK. This settles down with time.
  • Dry eye is a commonly reported symptom after LASIK. Most often this settles down in few weeks and only needs simple over the counter available lubricating or moisturizing eye drops to control the symptoms. This is not to be confused with the permanent dry eye that you read online.
  • Glare /halos/ double vision – Due to these night time vision gets affected. This also is a part of healing and temporary. This is not to be confused with the permanent night vision issues that you read online.

The above discussion is an idea of the symptoms that may occur normally.

In case you have increasing discomfort or pain you must report to your doctor             immediately. A delay in reporting could even worsen the condition and affect vision.             Usually depending on the type of surgery opted, with time the symptoms diminish.


Points to note:

  • Avoid rubbing the eyes as rubbing could dislocate the corneal flap or could lead to other flap related complications like flap wrinkling.
  • Use medication in time and with correct method.
  • Avoid eye makeup, dusty areas etc to avoid any risk of infection.
  • Discuss any worrisome symptoms with your doctor.
  • Avoid driving by oneself immediately after surgery and wait till vision is stable.
  • Post operative visits and follow up needs to be followed.

The latest and highly advanced platforms utilized by us for LASIK, makes a difference in recovery today to be faster and more comfortable.  The use of bladeless technique also paves way to a pleasant surgical experience and a comfortable recovery.

LASIK is one of the most popular medical procedures advertised to the masses. However, certain advertisements could be misleading. Hence ensure that you evaluate the risks and benefits thoroughly and get treated at the right place.

Feel free to contact us for more details.

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Have you been told LASIK is not for you?

LASIK reshapes the cornea for refractive correction in various degrees of Myopia (nearsightedness), Astigmatism and Hyperopia (far-sightedness) using  Excimer laser.

It is quite possible sometimes you may be told that you are not suitable for LASIK although you are willing and wish to opt for it.

The possible reasons to opt out of LASIK:

  • Age: If you are under 18, LASIK cannot be undertaken as no lasers are approved (according to FDA guidelines) for LASIK below 18 as refractive errors are required to stabilize and as you may be still growing anatomically, there is a likelihood that you powers may also change.
  • Active contact sports participant: Contact Sports like boxing, martial arts could interfere in LASIK treatment as probability of eye injury occurrence is higher. In LASIK, one needs to take what is termed “corneal flap” which is needed to be lifted (similar to lifting a page of the book). There is a chance that this flap shifts or moves out of its place during an injury. Hence, LASIK is also disallowed in the Indian Army and Navy.
  • Refractive instability: In case you have been experiencing a frequent change in prescription of either your contact lenses or glass prescription within the past one year then LASIK may not get you the desired results, as powers may not be stable.
  • Medications: Certain medications like retinoic acid and steroids taken in the long term can change your powers post LASIK and hence interfere in LASIK results. Some such medications can cause fluctuations in vision.
  • Diseases and other conditions: Certain diseases delay wound healing like uncontrolled diabetes, immune compromised conditions etc. Other conditions like Pregnancy, nursing or child birth could be unsuitable for LASIK as hormones could distort prescription stability. Even previous eye injury could be an impediment for LASIK.
  • Size of measurement of pupil: Large pupils could have side effects like glare, halos etc.
  • Dry eyes: Those who have been treated for Dry eyes or having extreme dry eye symptoms prior to LASIK, there are chances it could worsen.
  • Thin/Irregular corneas: A certain corneal thickness is required for LASIK depending on your prescription.
  • Corneal abnormalities: Unsuitable for LASIK In case of presence of corneal abnormalities like scarring, Keratoconus.
  • Other factors: Refractive surgeries could also be a disqualification for certain professions.

So, not just eye health, overall health matters.

Not a candidate for LASIK?  What next?

You need not worry in case you are not suitable for LASIK. We look into the other advanced procedures that could be just perfectly fine and would give you the desired results.

  • Testing: We conduct various tests to determine your candidature using the latest available technology. After all, today, it does not really matter if you are found unsuitable for LASIK as other alternatives may give you better results.
  • Pre – evaluation: The pre – evaluation done by our surgeon, himself, will determine which is the most suitable procedure for you and you would be advised accordingly. During your evaluation you need to discuss health concerns even if it is not directly associated with the eye.
  • Open communication: A complete health disclosure would help in overall assessment and treatment.

With the usage of the latest technology and techniques of Concerto 500 Hz  and VisuMax Zeiss laser,  various other advanced options are available to give you the best. The other different laser vision options we offer apart from wavefront LASIK are:

  • Wavefront Bladeless Epi-LASIK : Epi-LASIK is safe and effective procedure. We offer Epi-LASIK for those with thin corneas and this procedure combines the benefits of PRK and LASIK and does away with the disadvantages of LASIK.
  • Wavefront Trans Epithelial Surface Ablation
  • Topography Linked LASIK
  • BLADELESS FEMTO LASIK: This reduces further enhancement procedures following LASIK and post – operative induced astigmatism.
  • ReLEx SmILE: ReLEx SmILE is flapless and safer with stable results. It takes care of LASIK disadvantages of corneal ectasia and dry eyes.

Do get in touch with us to know your suitability and expectation to enable you to take a wise informed decision for further treatment.

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Dry eyes after laser eye surgery

Laser eye correction has a great success rate nevertheless like any surgical procedure laser eye surgery too has some problems associated with it.  The risk factors for such procedures are greatly reduced to almost negligible depending on the type of surgery performed, the experience of the operating surgeon and the technology of the laser being used.

At our centre we perform surgery only after through pre examination and pre operative testing done by the operating surgeon himself so as to identify those who are more prone problems such as dry eyes. The dry eye test is not just a qualitative test to check the nature of tears, but also a quantitative test to score the dryness on a scale of 1 to ten. This helps to ascertain your candidature for the right type of laser treatment. If needed, it may even be postponed until the time your dry eyes are treated.

We keep you informed of the potential side-effects that you may face, be it dry eyes or night vision issues and accordingly help you choose the best suitable laser procedure, whether it is custom wavefront LASIK, Advanced surface treatments like EpiLASIK or the third generation of laser procedures like ReLEx SmILE.

Lasik and Dry eyes: One of the most commonest post Lasik problem that one reads about or hears of is “dry eyes”.  The scientific reason behind this dryness, is due to the fact that for a LASIK procedure, one needs to create what is called a “flap”.

This flap is a necessary step in all LASIK procedures, regardless of kind or brand of laser used. The corneal flap is made so that the laser procedure is painfree, and so that the laser can be applied on the inner layers of the cornea and not on the very sensitive superficial part (typically where one would position their contact lenses).  This corneal flap is the lifted and the exposed cornea is then reshaped with an excimer laser, the flap being replaced back at end of the procedure.

As the flap is made by using a ‘cut’ on the cornea, the corneal nerves which supply the cornea are also cut, this reduces the sensitivity of the cornea for a few weeks post LASIK. Dry eyes can be further aggravated if the occupation of the person undergoing it is more of computer work. This affects tear production thus making the eyes dry without sufficient lubrication. In some cases this dryness may be temporary and mild while in some cases it could be severe.

As there is a risk of aggravating dryness after LASIK, the Dry Eye Tests need to be performed thoroughly beforehand. You may have dry eyes before surgery due to other factors as well such as thyroid etc however it should not stop you from seeking a LASIK treatment. Dry eyes after LASIK is generally a temporary issue and resolves in few weeks, during which time you are prescribed lubricating eye drops or artificial tears.

In most cases this spontaneously resolves even without medication as the corneal nerve endings regenerate and tear production gets back to normal relieving you from the symptoms. In case of any issues regarding dry eyes do consult for further treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes post LASIK:

  • On and off hazy vision usually after long hours of computer work
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Occasional discomfort
  • Watering or tearing

Remedies to resolve dry eyes caused by LASIK:

Most common ones are as noted below:

  • Artificial tear drops
  • Punctual plugs
  • Anti inflammatory eye drops

Understanding how the world cannot function without computers in any field and having proven that computers are a factor in inducing dryness, the latest third generation of laser procedures – ReLEx Smile work by reducing risk of dry eyes significantly.

ReLEx (Smile and Flex) and Dry Eyes: In ReLEx (Smile and Flex) procedure as there is no flap created and due to absence of tissue ablation, it results in not disturbing the corneal nerves and its sensation.  Hence this procedure greatly reduces the complication of LASIK specifically the dry eyes issue.

Here, in this high precision procedure it preserves the strength of the cornea as 1/5th the size of a bladeless flap is made. This treatment is good for those already suffering from pre – operative dry eyes and other eye conditions like short sight, thin corneas, contact lens intolerance, etc. Moreover as least number of corneal nerves affected compared to LASIK, so dry eyes are significantly less or near zero.

Excellent expertise and experience is required for lenticule creation in ReLEx procedures hence it is important that you get this treatment done in the right place.

Points to note after ReLEx procedures:

  • You may return to work in a day’s time
  • Eye drops will need to be used for a few days
  • Lubricating eye drops may be required in some for more weeks

Do get in touch with us to know more on the most suitable treatment option for you.

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What is relex smile

ReLEx Smile is an advanced eye correction treatment procedure in corneal refractive surgery.

What happens in a ReLEx Smile procedure?

In a ReLEx Smile procedure the femtosecond Laser creates a “lenticule” in the cornea in order to treat the spectacle powers. This lenticule is extracted through a micro access point without needing a ‘flap’ on the cornea like that in LASIK. This access is far smaller (less than 80%) than the incision made for a flap.

How is ReLEx Smile different from other procedures when compared to Conventional LASIK, Bladeless LASIK and ReLEx Flex?

In a Conventional LASIK a microkeratome is used to make the flap; whereas in Bladeless (Femtosecond) LASIK, the job of flap creation is taken care by the femtosecond laser.

The next process of ablating the cornea in both conventional LASIK and Femtosecond Bladeless LASIK is done using a common excimer laser. Hence, in Femtosecond or Bladeless LASIK, 2 lasers are used- one to create the flap (Femtosecond laser) and another (the excimer laser) to treat your powers.

In ReLEx Smile, the entire process is done using a single laser- the Femtosecond Zeiss laser.

The major difference with ReLEx Smile compared to LASIK procedures  is that there is NO flap, NO cut.

Why go for the ReLEx Smile method?

Safety. Faster recovery: The natural structure of the cornea is preserved. As there is no flap, physical activities can be resumed much earlier without the fear of any “flap related complications”.

Reduced dry eyes: The dryness caused by LASIK is much reduced in ReLex Smile, as corneal nerves are not cut, like they are during the making of the ‘flap’. Hence, also more preservation of corneal sensations as compared to LASIK-treated eyes.

Bladeless:  Femtosecond laser uses high precision with minimal action on corneal cells hence it is painless. Anterior stromal nerves left intact preserving corneal sensation.

No tissue ablation : ReLEx Smile is a  femtosecond ‘flapless’ refractive procedure, where there is no tissue ablation. In this procedure a lenticule (corneal tissue) is created by the Zeiss VisuMax laser and extracted through a small incision. The whole process is performed by a single laser.

No flap: As there is No flap creation, so no question of flap related complications such as displacement or dislodgement.

Time saving: Unlike other procedures like Conventional LASIK here the same laser is used thus saving time. The entire procedure lasts for few minutes.

Better refractive post operative satisfaction: This is because it supports better corneal biomechanics.

Am I suitable for ReLEx Smile?

  • Those between age 18 years to 40 years are ideally suited.
  • Myopia of about -10.00D
  • Highly recommended to those indulging in contact sports or those activities that have high risk for injury.

Suitability is best decided after a detailed eye examination and consultation, however not all patients are suitable for ReLEx Smile.

At Shroff Eye Hospital this gentle procedure is performed by VisuMax Carl Zeiss Laser resulting in high precision 3D shaped incisions. With ReLEx smile, you can now relax and smile.

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Laser eye surgery cost in Mumbai, India

Well, normally it is advisable to make a comparative and proper research among the best hospitals to answer this most pertinent question.

As we know the cost varies from hospital to hospital, clinic to clinic, and even doctor to doctor. They are generally worked out considering various aspects. While you research on cost, be aware that it is not necessary that a low pricing indicates the best treatment. There could be hidden costs which you need to get cleared beforehand. Don’t get carried away by the initial low cost indicated by misleading advertisements; undisclosed overheads could just follow later on.

The cost and benefits need to be analyzed. Understanding of affordable, reasonable and genuine pricing is very important.

Areas that dictate a justifiable price are:

  • Surgeon: The operation surgeons experience and expertise counts.
  • Technology used: Is advanced FDA/ CE approved technology being used? Generally advanced technology is directly proportional to the cost.
  • Geographical convenience: The cost of the same surgery varies according to the location of the hospital. The region or country where the hospital is based is also a deciding factor.
  • Type of procedure adopted: Is a customized plan with the safest technology adopted?
  • The hospital’s USP (Unique selling point): Some cutting advantage stands out from the rest.  Does the hospital have all required amenities and facilities under one roof making it easy for your treatment? Is the counselling and customer service efficient and effective?
  • The number of tests taken: Are the relevant tests included in the package? Laser procedures need more than just the spectacle correction to be considered. Many laser centres do not have diagnostic equipment for dry eyes, corneal irregularities, wavefront analysis, dim light or night vision issues, which eventually are the causes for dissatisfaction post LASIK. Many centres tend to only check numbers and basic tests like topography, and miss out on other quality of vision related testing.
  • Right diagnosis and treatment: What do other treated patients have to say?
  • QC and Safety : Are quality control and safety protocol measures followed?

What are questions you need to be aware of regarding the pricing?

  • On payment options: Understand the payment options in terms of flexible pricing and the convenient mode of payment. Your doubts on the costing need to be clarified on the mode of payment.
  • Comprehensive cost: Ensure no variables are left out and you have a realistic idea on the total cost.
  • Best treatment option: Find the most affordable option (customized plan) that works out best for you. Does the hospital provide this?
  • The value added saving: Priceless aspects of unmatchable customer service and utmost pre and post operative care would make a big difference to your entire treatment. Is your hospital providing this?
  • Transparency on the pricing: Are there any hidden costs?
  • Maximum visual satisfaction with no complications: It is not worthwhile if you have to spend later on to rectify the complications arising from an ordinary procedure. Is the hospital capable of handling emergencies and complications?
  • Check on pricing: Are you sure the pricing on the hospital webpage is the latest one and is updated?

Why us ?

You could avail 80% discount as you get an advantage of the best world class Concerto laser treatment or ReLex smile laser procedures (cost in Europe between 4000- 6000 Euros)

Shroff Eye is the only centre in India to offer you both these technologies under one roof and to have received Joint Commission International (JCI) certificate from USA, putting it at par with hospitals in the USA.

Your vision is too precious to be compromised in the cost bargain where nothing less than the best would suffice.

Schedule a Laser Eye surgery evaluation with us to know what is best suitable for you. We provide best value with smile relex surgery in India. We offer best laser eye surgery in India with patients coming to us from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore,Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Thane, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Srinagar, Ranchi, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Raipur, Dehradun, New Delhi, Imphal, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Nagpur, Kolkata, Chennai, Agra, Nashik, Vadodara, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Rajkot, Meerut, Navi Mumbai, Amritsar, Varanasi, Aurangabad, Allahabad, Jamshedpur, Amravati, Bikaner, Kochi (Cochin), Mysore, Jodhpur, Guwahati, Coimbatore, Gwalior, Gurgaon, noida Jammu, Ajmer, Durgapur, Saharanpur, Noida, Ujjain, Udaipur, Tirupur, Jhansi, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bilaspur, Alwar, Darbhanga, Rampur, Sonipat, Kurnool, Hapur, Deoli, Tirupati, Siliguri, Kolhapur, Visakhapatnam, Bathinda, Raichur, Muzaffarpur, Patiala, Rohtak, Hisar, Firozabad, Panipat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur & more


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Laser eye surgery recovery time

Optimum visual and functional recovery is an important step after the laser eye surgery.

The laser eye surgery being a minimally invasive procedure one can expect quick healing; nevertheless as every eye heals differently the healing time varies between individuals. The immediate healing outcome of being able to see clearly is quite exciting and gives a satisfied visual experience.

Recovery immediately after LASIK eye surgery:  

  • This surgery is painless and the operating time takes only few minutes.
  • The healing of the thin flap of corneal tissue is fast although it takes more time compared to ReLEx Smile which is flapless.
  • Immediately after surgery you may experience blurred vision for a few hours.
  • Improvement in vision is usually within 4 – 6 hours and functional vision is restored by next morning. Complete recovery may take upto 48 hours [on case to case basis].
  • Generally you could resume working in two or three days.
  • Improved vision could be witnessed day by day although some may experience slight blurred vision which usually clears within few days.
  • You are advised for a post operative check up the day after the surgery and subsequently after regular intervals to ensure smooth healing.
  • You may need assistance to go back home as driving by yourself is not advisable.

. Points to note to ensure smooth and quick recovery:


  • A protective eyewear is given to ensure eye protection for the day.
  • No rubbing or touching your eyes.
  • During the first week after surgery it is advisable to take frequent breaks from computer work.
  • Do follow the post operative instructions on eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation.
  • Outdoor activities could be undertaken as per the healing time of your eye. Post operative consultation and follow up visits as per doctor’s advice also needs to be followed, during which time he answers all your queries.
  • Ensure protection from dust and dirt.
  • Refrain for few days from contact sports or any activity that is likely to cause injury.

The ReLEx Smile Advantage: ReLEx Smile being a minimally invasive, flapless laser correction you are at an advantage of faster healing for myopia and astigmatism.  .

ReLEx Smile gives you relief from dry eyes after surgery thus helping recovery with high comfort experience.  Moreover it is a safe procedure and with a highly predictive outcome.

We assure you a comfortable and speedy recovery after your laser eye surgery at Shroff Eye.


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Laser Eye Surgery Fears, Tackled – Are you worries about laser eye surgery procedure risks & complications ?

After you have identified the clinic for your laser eye surgery, most of your fears should be resolved. Nevertheless, curiosity and anxiety remain in some of us. That is but natural! However, you need to address these before you get on to the laser procedure bed! Your decision to have Laser Eye Surgery for your vision correction is the first positive step towards your vision goal. Let us understand and tackle the most common fears that come your way.

Listed below are the most common fears regarding the Laser Eye surgery.

Fear #1. Is Laser Eye Surgery the right choice to correct my vision?

 The Clinic and doctors can only answer part of this question…that which pertains toyou’re your eyes are medically fit for it. The doctors cannot make the decision based on how this procedure is going to benefit you or your lifestyle. This part of the question comes from your thought process and you detailing the pros and cons of using glasses or lenses versus freedom from them.

 The new technology- ReLEx Smile* is an ultra gentle flapless procedure which is highly predictive and very accurate (Operated by VisuMax femtosecond laser – Carl Zeiss Meditec AG). Before the procedure, a through pre – operative examination is conducted to identity if you are the right candidate for the procedure. In case not, you would be advised other vision correction options like LASIK, ICL etc.

Fear #2 .When will I be able to resume my routine work?

The recovery time is very short with any laser procedure; with the latest ReLEx Smile just 1 day’s rest and with LASIK 3 days rest is enough. You would be advised on the healing time based on the type of surgery opted and the healing progress made individually.

Fear #3.Will the Laser Eye Surgery be too costly? 

One cannot put a price on your eyes! However, it would help to know that centres such as ours use the best laser platforms in the world and are economically priced when compared to those similar laser centres in other parts of the world. Do write to us to know the exact and current pricing structure.

Fear # 4.Will the surgery be painless?

The procedure would be painless as anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye. Moreover the entire keyhole procedure is performed with self sealing micro incision. You would be guided step by step. The discomfort post surgery is practically absent.


Fear # 5.Will there be any complications?

Laser Eye surgery is relatively a low risk surgery. The procedure is very safe and generally complication free compared with other methods, so you need not worry. Anti – inflammation eye drops are administrated after the eye surgery and regular timely post operative consultation is done.  Some who may face dry eyes issues, can be tackled with ReLEx Smile procedures.

Different people have different kinds of fears like pain, losing one’s sight or afraid of remaining steady during the surgery. Sometimes fears could be quite irrational too. Open communication with our team will surely help you to get rid of any fear and thus enable you to face the laser eye surgery with confidence and positivity.

*ReLEx Smile is an advanced procedure wherein there are no flaps related risks or tissue ablations and the outcome is very safe. Slight fluctuation in the vision in the first few weeks gets automatically stabilized.

We ensure that your doubts are cleared and you are fear- free at all times.

 Do get in touch with us soon.


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