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Course Overview

This 3 day structured course is designed to provide an overview of the ReLEx SMILE procedure to corneal refractive surgeons who are interested in learning and introducing ReLEx SMILE into their practice or, who are already doing SMILE but wish to gain further confidence and refine their outcomes with this technology. The course would comprise of didactics and videos discussing theory and principals, wet lab training on the practical aspects of docking, instrumentation and techniques of lenticule extraction, and finally a supervised hands on training for real time experience of performing SMILE . At the end of the course, the surgeons are expected to perform routine SMILE surgeries with a fair degree of confidence and would be well versed with managing intraoperative complications, if they encounter any.



Dr Sri Ganesh (MBBS,MS, DNB, DSc.(Hon.))

Chairman Medical Director of Nethradhama group of hospitals, Bangalore is a world renowned cataract, refractive and phakic IOL surgeon. He is one of the pioneers of Phacoemulsification and LASIK surgery in India and has been practising refractive surgery from the past 20 years. He has used a variety of excimer and femtosecond lasers and has vast experience in treating complex refractive surgery cases. He has performed over 80,000 phacoemulsification and over 40,000 refractive surgeries ( RK, PRK, PRESBY-LASIK, ReLEx SMILE) and over 7000 ReLEx SMILE procedures in particular. He has done pioneering research in the field of tissue addition using SMILE lenticule for treating hyperopia and keratoconus and has been felicitated with various national and international awards for his significant contributions in the field of refractive surgery. He is also a member of the prestigious International Society of Refractive Surgeons( ISRS) and has been invited as a guest faculty to various societies and conferences. He has delivered over 1000 invited talks and has performed over 100 live surgeries demonstrating various refractive surgeries and has over 50 publications in peer reviewed ophthalmology journals. Under his supervision, over 400 national and over 100 international surgeons have been successfully trained till date.

Dr. Sri Ganesh

MBBS, MS, DNB, DSc. (Hon)
Chairman & Managing Director of Nethradhama
Hospital Pvt. Ltd


Dr. Sheetal Brar (M.B.B.S, MS, FPRS, FC)

She received her basic medical education MBBS from G.G.S. Medical College & Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab in 2004. She completed her MS from Christian Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab in 2008 She completed Fellowship in Cornea & External Diseases from Aravind Eye Hospital, Dr Sheetal Brar (MBBS, MS,FPRS, FC) is a senior consultant in Phaco and refractive surgery department and research coordinator at Nethradhama Super speciality Eye Hospital, Bangalore. She completed her cataract and refractive super specialization training under Dr Sri Ganesh in 2013, and since then she has been actively involved in various clinical, surgical and research activities in the hospital. She has performed over 1500 refractive surgeries and in particular over 1000 SMILE procedures.She has won numerous awards for her presentations and scientific videos and has delivered over 100 invited guest lectures on refractive ( in particular ReLEx SMILE) surgery at various national and international ophthalmology conferences such as DOS, AIOS, ASCRS, ESCRS & APACRS. She has over 40 peer reviewed publications in various national and international journals. Along with Dr Sri Ganesh, she has successfully trained over 50 surgeons across the globe on ReLEx SMILE procedures.

Dr. Sheetal Brar

Consultant-Phacoemulsification &Refractive / Cornea



Day 1

☛ 9.00 am: Reporting to HR office

☛ 9.30-11 am : Didactics & lectures covering the following essential topics:

◉ VisuMax Femtolaser Technology

◉ Methods and instrumentation for lenticule management

◉ Optimising energy settings, nomogram adjustment and tips for outcomes refinement

◉ Treatment of astigmatism with SMILE

◉ Management of intraoperative complications (black spots, suction loss, cap and lenticule tears &retained lenticule)

◉ Retreatment options after SMILE

☛ 11.00am - 1.00pm: Wet lab training & 1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch

☛ 2.30 - 5.00pm- Observation in refractive OR with Dr Sri Ganesh and hands on training

Day 2

☛ 10.00am -Post operative examination of patients operated on day 1

☛ 11.00am-1.00pm- Pre-operative work up of SMILE patients (topography+aberrometry +refraction+data entry in Visumax).

☛ 1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch

☛ 2.30 - 5.00pm- Observation in refractive OR with Dr Sri Ganesh and hands on training

Day 3

☛ 10am - Post operative examination of patients operated on day 2

☛ 11.00am - 1.00pm- Pre-operative work up of SMILE patients (topography+aberrometry +refraction+data entry in VisuMax).

☛ 1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch

☛ 2.30 - 4.00pm- Observation in refractive OR and discussions with Dr Sri Ganesh

☛ 4.00-5.00pm- Awarding of certificate by Dr Sri Ganesh and Dr Sheetal

NOTE : The schedule is subject to modification depending upon the number of trainees attending the course and number of hands on surgical cases.


☛ The fee for the entire 3-day ReLEx SMILE training course would be €3500/-(Euros three thousand five hundred) per candidate, which includes the following:

1. Didactic lectures and surgical videos discussions

2. Wetlab training (6 eyes)

3. Hands on training ( 6 eyes)

4. Airport pick up & drop

5. Local transportation to accommodation & hospital

6. 3 nights stay at a 5 Star hotel for candidate ( extra stay will have to informed in advance & paid for separately)

7. 3 working lunches at hospital & 1 dinner at one of the nice restaurants of Bangalore with course faculty.

8. Take home material(videos on USB)& online support to the candidate during their initial independent cases

9. Certification

10. Documentation & help for visa processing & other logistics

☛ NOTE : If the candidate wants additional hands on surgery it would be charged extra at €300/- per eye.


Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital

Adress : # 256/14, Kanakapura Main Road, 7th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560 070.

Phone No : 080 2608 8000

Mobile No : +91 9483511132

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