Femto-LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Femto-LASIK laser eye surgery is a type of corneal refractive laser surgery which is widely performed. It is the abbreviation of Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. It is a surgical procedure that uses laser to reshape the cornea to correct the refractive error with a thin flap in the cornea. Femto-LASIK laser eye surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is able to correct refractive errors from mild to severe near-sightedness and astigmatism.
Femto-LASIK Eye Surgery
Cornea flap is created and lifted.
An Excimer laser is used to correct the refractive error.
The flap is repositioned and allowed to heal and adhered naturally without stitches
- 18 years old and above
- Power of spectacles must be stable for at least 2 years
- Minimum corneal thickness of 470 micron
- Normal corneal topography
- Healthy eyes
- Neither pregnant nor breastfeeding
- Quick recovery
- Well-established procedure
Creating LASIK Flaps
Fully Laser Automated (Femto-LASIK) VS Blade LASIK
In the early years of LASIK surgery, manual blade system known as microkeratomes were used to create the corneal flap. The flap was created to allow exposure of the deeper layer of the cornea to the Excimer laser that reshapes the cornea. The development of Femtosecond laser technology has revolutionised flap creation; it allows the procedure to be a bladeless procedure with its own advantages. Bladeless laser eye surgery procedures such as Femto-LASIK provide a better experience for the patients and better comfort.
Bladeless / Femto-LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
- Uses Femtosecond laser systems to create the corneal flap
- Safely create even flaps as thin as 100 microns
Blade LASIK Eye Surgery
- Mechanical microkeratome use high-precision oscillating-blade systems that dock to a suction ring to create a lamellar corneal flap
- Flap thickness may vary throughout the flap
After Femto-LASIK laser eye surgery, it is recommended to:
- Not rub the operated eye.
- Wear an eye shield while sleeping for a week to avoid moving the flap.
- Compliance towards prescribed eye drops usage following the surgery to prevent infection and control dryness.
- Avoid swimming for a month and strenuous contact sport for at least two weeks.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
The most frequently asked questions on Femto-LASIK laser eye surgery:
- Post-operative medications and eye drops: We will provide you with artificial tears and antibiotic eyedrops. Before you go home, we will explain to you the use and frequency of the drops.
- Resuming normal routines: On the day of the procedure, you are advised to bring someone to drive you home as you might experience temporary visual discomfort which may be dangerous for you to drive or operate machines. However, you can continue doing light chores and daily activities.
- Sensitivity towards the light: Yes, it is normal and it is a temporary symptom. You can use your sunglasses to reduce the glare and make your eyes feel comfortable. It is also common to get teary and irritation on the eyes. You can just dab your tears on your lower eyelid without applying pressure on your eyeball.