No-Cut SuperLASIK is finally here. Combining the technology of LASIK and Surface ablation (PRK) was like two wonderful parents giving birth to an amazing child. “SuperLASIK,” an acronym for Superficial LASIK, was coined by the inventor of LASIK. The term is quite descriptive. It means LASIK is performed in the superficial layers of the cornea, but it also implies quite rightly that SuperLASIK has advantages over traditional LASIK in many situations.
The main advantage of No-Cut SuperLASIK is that this technique can be used when LASIK is not an option. Thin cornea, abnormally-shaped cornea, and dry eye are some conditions where the advantages of Superlasik have been used successfully. It is also safer than traditional LASIK. In fact, it is even safer than Intralase or all-laser Lasik.
There is no cut involved in this procedure. The top layer or epithelium is separated mechanically along a naturally-occurring anatomical plane. This is accomplished by the shearing force generated by the blunt epikeratome. The flap is approximately 53 microns deep. The bed is very smooth, since it is a natural anatomical plane. The surrounding epithelial cells are not harmed. The flap can be repositioned, so the technique yields immediate vision.
No-Cut SuperLASIK is safer than traditional LASIK because the flap could be discarded and still a new layer will regenerate without any harm. Superlasik also avoids the problems of flap wrinkles, flap dislocation, and interface inflammation seen sometimes with LASIK.
The incidence of pain and discomfort is remarkably less than PRK done in the twentieth century. Post operative corneal haze is not common.
Wavefront technology can be combined withNo-Cut SuperLasik to give “super-vision.” Sometimes peoples requiring Superlasik have refractive errors beyond the range approved by the FDA. In such cases a skillful, experienced surgeon can use accurate refraction measurements, alignment with variable spot scanning or flying spot technology, with enlarged and blended zones to obtain awesome results. In fact 80 % of patients with lazy eyes (often due to extremely poor vision in one eye) have benefitted from this surgical technology.
It does take 24-48 hours for the flap to get regenerated. The final vision can take longer. Sometimes investing a little time is worth the long term results.
If you have further questions about No-Cut SuperLASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free LASIK screening. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.