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The Benefit Of ReLEx SMILE Surgery Abroad 

Thousands of patients travel yearly to receive eye treatment abroad, and popular medical tourism destinations get the most share of these patients. Eye correction procedures have become more accessible and affordable to the average patient.

SMILE surgery abroad is a safe alternative for the LASIK procedure. Especially for patients looking for simplicity and more biomechanical stability. There are many advantages of traveling abroad to receive a SMILE eye surgery overseas:

Assistance before, during, and after treatment

Medical tourism agencies will assist you before, during, and after treatment. It includes free doctor consultations and all necessary arrangements for medical travel such as airplane bookings, hotel arrangements, transport, plus guides on having a successful surgery.

After treatment, you will periodically receive tips and guides to help you with the recovery period.

You can access more treatment options 

Traveling abroad for treatment will open other possibilities or introduce a better, more effective treatment.

Highly skilled and experienced surgeons

The surgeons are highly experienced with years of practice. Their clinics are accredited by renowned institutions like Joint Commission International JCI or International Organization for Standardization ISO.

Treatment that's worth your money 

Finding a specialist abroad will be more cost-effective than visiting an amateur doctor in your local country.

Confidential and private 

Some patients want to keep their medical choices private, so seeking treatment abroad provides them with more confidentiality. Medical tourism offers privacy; you can publicly announce you're going on holiday while seeking treatment.

Combine the treatment with a holiday 

Combing a holiday with treatment appeals to most patients who seek medical tourism. It is an opportunity to enjoy a luxury holiday and explore new experiences.

Tips For Choosing The Best Laser Eye Surgery Clinic Abroad 

  • Create a shortlist of possible clinics abroad:  research the clinic you plan to visit overseas. Most reputable clinics will have an official website, and you can examine the surgeon's expertise, reviews, and credentials. 
  • Check the local regulation: Knowing how the treatment is regulated in your chosen country is essential. It will help you identify reputable clinics registered with the governing body or national association. It will also tell you about your rights.
  • Prepare a list of questions for your doctor: prepare a list of questions to ensure you receive quality treatment. Common questions to ask - do they provide a translator? Do they have patients' testimonials? Is the clinic registered with the national association?
  • Trust your instincts:  This personal element should not be underestimated since the treatment can be traumatic for many people. Mainly when undertaken in a foreign country and in unfamiliar surroundings. You should trust your instincts as much as the raw data. If a clinic feels wrong, then walk away.
  • Have a clear expectation of the results: understand the necessary procedure plan. 
  • Choose a surgeon registered with an international governing body like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Or any other reputable international board. 

Ideal Candidate For SMILE Eye Surgery Abroad  

SMILE Relex eye surgery is an excellent treatment if you have myopia and astigmatism. The ideal candidate for SMILE eye surgery is someone over 18 who has stable power for the eye for at least a year.

SMILE Eye Procedure Cost Abroad

The factors that affect the cost of SMILE Eye treatment abroad are the hospital's location, the surgeon's experience, the technique used, and the type of treatment.

Country Estimated Cost

€2600 - €6000


€3000 - €4000

Turkey €2390 - €2550

€3000 - €3700

Learn more about Smile Eye Surgery in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

Smile Eye Surgery Clinics(39 Clinics)

Luna Clinic Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Luna Clinic Turkey Verified
  • Preliminary and follow-up examination
  • 98% would recommend
  • 1000+ treatments(operations) last year
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Istanbul European Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul European Clinic Verified
  • 97% would recommend
  • Uses cutting-edge tech
  • Accredited by TSAPS (Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Well-equipped staff
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Dunyagoz Etiler
Istanbul, Turkey
Dunyagoz Etiler Verified
  • Founded in 1996
  • Has 2,500 employees
  • 7 days, 24 hours service
  • Monitored by ISO 9001
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Memorial Atasehir Hospital Verified
  • Accredited by JCI
  • Award-winning surgeons
  • High review rate
  • 7/24 working center
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Koç Healthcare Institutions
Istanbul, Turkey
Koç Healthcare Institutions Verified
  • Follows strict standards to deliver exceptional services
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Founded in 1997
  • Internationally recognized surgeons
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Verified
  • 90% would recommend
  • ISO 9001:2008 and JCI accreditations
  • Leed Gold Certified
  • 231 patient rooms
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Memorial Antalya Hospital
Antalya, Turkey
Memorial Antalya Hospital Verified
  • Designed with modern medical technology
  • Uses the latest technology
  • Has 132 patient beds
  • Accredited by American College & JCI
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Dunyagoz Antalya
Antalya, Turkey
Dunyagoz Antalya Verified
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • High quality hygiene policy
  • 97% would recommend
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
Florence Nightingale Istanbul Verified
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Premium facility
  • Follows the latest treatment trends
  • 700 bed capacity
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Ethica Incirli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Ethica Incirli Hospital Verified
  • Located in the heart of the city
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • High review rate
  • Accredited by TSAPS
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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Akif Ozdamar, on May 05, 2023

SMILE Eye Surgery Complications 

SMILE eye surgery is a quick and effective method of treating myopia and astigmatism. However, it has certain side effects associated with it such as:

  • Inflammation around the incisions
  • Infection
  • Debris around the incision and corneal removal site
  • Glare and Halos which are especially prominent at night
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes

SMILE Eye Surgery Recovery Timeline

Recovery time after SMILE eye surgery is way less than other surface laser procedures such as LASIK. In fact, when deciding between SMILE eye surgery vs LASIK, the SMLE eye surgery’s recovery time is one of the major pros in favor of the procedure. 

Laser Eye Surgery Success Rate

The SMILE eye surgery reviews are mostly positive and the procedure has a success rate of 99%. 

How Is The Procedure Performed?

The SMILE eye surgery procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes about 20 to 30 minutes, in total. It is a laser-assisted procedure that focuses on reshaping the cornea to correct myopia and astigmatism. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does a SMILE eye last?

The results from SMILE eye surgery are permanent, and there have been almost no cases of patients requiring retreatment after a SMILE reLEx eye surgery.

Is smile eye surgery permanent?

Yes, SMILE eye surgery is a permanent solution to nearsightedness.

How is SMILE different from LASIK?

The key difference between SMILE and LASIK is the size of the incision made. While SMILE makes four different small, 60-degree incisions, LASIK creates a 360-degree circular flap-type incision. The purpose of the surgery is the same.