LASIK and Femto-LASIK Surgery

Introduction

During both LASIK and femto-LASIK, a thin flap is created on the cornea. This allows an excimer laser to reshape the underlying tissue and correct your refractive error. After the procedure, the flap is repositioned, and your cornea begins to heal naturally.

How LASIK and Femto-LASIK Work

LASIK

A microkeratome creates a thin corneal flap.

flap is lifted, and an excimer laser reshapes the cornea according to your specific refractive error.

The flap is repositioned, and the cornea begins to heal.

Femto-LASIK

A femtosecond laser creates a thin corneal flap.

flap is lifted, and an excimer laser reshapes the cornea according to your specific refractive error.

The flap is repositioned, and the cornea begins to heal.

FAQs

    • LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors.
    • Femto-LASIK, or femtosecond LASIK, is a variation of LASIK that uses a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap instead of a mechanical microkeratome.
    • Yes, LASIK is a safe and proven procedure that has been performed for many years.
    • Femto-LASIK offers increased precision and reduced risk of flap complications, but both procedures are safe and effective.
    • Both procedures usually take around 10 to 15 minutes per eye.
    • Most patients can return to normal activities within a day, but avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.
    • Recovery is typically quick, with improved vision within hours and full recovery in a few days to a week.
    • Risks include dry eye, glare and halos, undercorrection or overcorrection, and flap complications in LASIK.
    • Most patients can return to work within a day or two, depending on recovery progress and the nature of their job.
    • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a newer laser eye surgery that uses a small incision to remove a lenticule from the cornea, correcting refractive errors. SMILE doesn’t require a corneal flap, which may lead to faster recovery and fewer complications. LASIK, however, has a longer track record of proven success.
    • PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) and LASIK both use excimer lasers to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors. LASIK creates a corneal flap, while PRK removes the top layer of the cornea (epithelium) to reshape the cornea directly. PRK is a good option for patients with thinner corneas or other factors that may not be suitable for LASIK.

Why Choose Dr. Shanthi Niketh as Your Surgeon for LASIK and Femto-LASIK Surgery

Choosing the right surgeon is key to a successful procedure and smooth recovery. Here are a few reasons why you might want to choose me, Dr. Shanthi Niketh, for your LASIK or femto-LASIK surgery:

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