If you use corrective lenses or contacts, chances are you’ve heard about Lasik Eye Surgery as a permanent vision correction option for certain candidates. With continued research and technology, ophthalmologists have developed a less invasive procedure called Super Lasik eye surgery. Instead of cutting a flap into part of the deeper, permanent corneal layer, Super Lasik is a “No-Cut” surgery that only opens a flap on the outermost layer of corneal cells, therefore making it a safer option.
Super Lasik can correct most vision conditions caused by a misshapen cornea. Patients with near-sightedness, farsightedness, or an astigmatism are eligible to have their conditions corrected with this quick laser surgery. Even if you’ve been turned down as a candidate for traditional Lasik, you can still be considered for Super Lasik, since it’s less invasive. An ideal candidate for this procedure is over 18 years old, has a stable prescription that doesn’t change more than 1.0 in a year, and has a prescription between -14.0 and +6.0. However, the ultimate decision for candidacy can only be determined in a consultation with an ophthalmologist.
The actual procedure is very simple and quick, taking between four to six minutes per eye. After numbing the eye with eye drops and marking the cornea with a ring of dye as a reference point, the eye is held open by a retainer and the surgery is ready to begin. Using an epikeratome, a vacuum-like instrument that helps to cut specific points of the cornea, the surgeon gently opens a flap of the outer layer of the cornea and applies a cool beam of light that gently reshapes the cornea, correcting the eye vision conditions specific to each patient. Then the surgeon places back the corneal flap in its original position and the cornea begins to heal immediately. Right after the procedure is finished, the patient takes home a few bottles of medicative eye drops to use for the next few weeks that aid in the healing of the cornea and most patients regain their vision within a day or two. This entire process is painless and has minimal patient discomfort.
Super Lasik is a great option for patients ineligible for traditional Lasik or prefer a less invasive, safer procedure and can create permanent 20/20 vision without the discomfort or price of correction lenses and contacts.