ReLEx SMILE Surgery in Thailand

ReLEx SMILE (Refractive Lenticule Extraction, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a groundbreaking eye surgery that addresses refractive errors like myopia and astigmatism. Thailand, with its advanced healthcare system, skilled surgeons, and world-class facilities, has become a go-to destination for patients across the globe seeking ReLEx SMILE surgery.

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$2,000 - $3,000

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$4,000 - $6,000


$3,000 - $5,000


$2,500 - $4,000

Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

All prices are in USD.

Understanding ReLEx SMILE Surgery

ReLEx SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure using a femtosecond laser to create a small, lens-shaped piece of tissue (lenticule) within the cornea. The lenticule is then removed through a small incision, changing the cornea's shape and correcting the refractive error. The surgery is ideal for those with thin corneas, dry eyes, contact sports players, or professions unsuitable for LASIK or PRK. Patients need to be over 18 years old and have a stable prescription for at least a year.

Comparing Options

Treatment Description Recovery Time Advantages Disadvantages Price Range (USD)
LASIK Uses a laser to create a flap in the cornea before reshaping it. Few days to a week Quick recovery, minimal discomfort Potential flap-related complications $1,500 - $2,000
PRK Removes the outer layer of the cornea entirely before reshaping. 1-2 weeks Suitable for thin corneas, no flap-related issues Longer recovery, more discomfort initially $1,300 - $1,800
ReLEx SMILE Makes a small incision to remove corneal tissue, no flap created. Few days to a week Minimally invasive, less risk of dry eyes, good for high myopia Less suitable for low prescriptions, newer technology $2,000 - $3,000

Preparing for ReLEx SMILE

Before your surgery, a comprehensive eye examination is conducted to measure your refractive error and assess your overall eye health. You'll be advised to discontinue wearing contact lenses for a period before the assessment and surgery. The day before the surgery, avoid using any makeup, creams, or perfumes to minimize the risk of infection.

The Procedure

The ReLEx SMILE procedure involves making a small incision in the cornea without creating a corneal flap. The femtosecond laser is used to precisely create and remove the lenticule, reshaping the cornea and correcting the refractive error. The surgery is usually completed within 15 minutes for both eyes, and it's painless due to numbing eye drops.

ReLEx SMILE Recovery

Post-surgery, you'll be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from light and dust. Patients may experience some discomfort or a foreign body sensation in the eye, which usually resolves within a few days. Most patients return to their normal activities within a few days after surgery. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor the healing process.

The Costs of ReLEx SMILE

ReLEx SMILE surgery in Thailand costs between $2,000 to $3,000. The costs can vary depending on the surgeon's expertise, the complexity of the patient's case, and the healthcare facility. Note that these costs do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

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Best Hospitals for ReLEx SMILE Surgery in Thailand

Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was founded in 1980 and is Southeast Asia's largest private hospital. It is one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations, treating over 1.1 million patients annually of which many are overseas patients. Bumrungrad was the first hospital in Asia to receive JCI accreditation and has since received awards from numerous other agencies for its medical services.

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Rutnin Eye Hospital
Rutnin Eye Hospital

Rutnin Eye Hospital in Bangkok is a leading center for ophthalmology in Asia, renowned for its advanced technology and highly skilled medical team. It offers comprehensive eye care services, including complex procedures and surgeries. Its commitment to patient safety, quality care, and innovation makes it a top choice for eye health needs.

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MedPark Hospital
MedPark Hospital

MedPark Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that opened in 2020. With a spacious 90,000 square meter building and over 30 departments, the hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of patient needs. It has 550 beds for inpatients and 300 examination rooms, all outfitted with advanced medical equipment to provide the highest quality of care.

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Bangpakok 9 International Hospital
Bangpakok 9 International Hospital

Bangpakok 9 International Hospitals is one of the leading private hospitals in Thailand and is ranked in the top 10 best hospitals in Thailand. Equipped with the newest medical equipment, staffed with an expert team of doctors, and with multiple international accreditations, this hospital guarantees a high standard of medical care for local and international patients.

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Common Questions

How much does ReLEx SMILE surgery cost in Thailand?

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ReLEx SMILE surgery in Thailand typically costs between $2,000 to $3,000.

What is the recovery period for ReLEx SMILE surgery?

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Many patients return to their normal activities within a few days after surgery, although healing times can vary.

When can I fly back home after undergoing ReLEx SMILE surgery in Thailand?

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In most cases, it's safe to fly a day or two after ReLEx SMILE surgery. However, every patient is different, so it's best to consult with your doctor.

How long should I plan to stay in Thailand for ReLEx SMILE surgery?

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You should plan for a stay of around 1 week in Thailand for ReLEx SMILE surgery. This allows for the initial consultation, surgery, and follow-up appointment before leaving the country.

Is it safe to do ReLEx SMILE Surgery in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover ReLEx SMILE Surgery in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers ReLEx SMILE Surgery in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if ReLEx SMILE Surgery is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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