Types of LASIK Flaps
SUPERLASIK, also known as Epi-LASIK, is one of the most exciting advancements in LASIK technology. Because SUPERLASIK creates an incredibly thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea, it allows many people who have not traditionally been LASIK candidates to undergo refractive surgery. For SUPERLASIK, Dr. Khanna uses an Epi-K epikeratome, which cuts fewer corneal tissue cells than a microkeratome while still allowing full access the inner corneal layer. This procedure not only allows people with thin or irregular corneas to enjoy LASIK vision correction, it may be better for people who suffer from dry eye syndrome as well. This will be discussed with you during your free initial consultation. IntraLase/Blade-Free LASIK Dr. Khanna uses the IntraLase FS for his blade-free LASIK procedures. With this option, your corneal flap is created with a femtosecond laser rather than an Epi-K epikeratome or microkeratome. The use of a laser provides ultimate precision and customization in the creation of your corneal flap, which may increase safety and help guard against postoperative complications. As with all types of LASIK, IntraLase is not right for everyone. The best option for your eyes will be determined during your initial consultation. Custom LASIK Wavefront laser technology measures the eye from front to back. Using a highly specialized system of light refraction, the Wavefront device gathers corneal information, creating a unique map reflecting your specific eye characteristics and irregularities. Then, it transmits the information to the laser, leaving no room for error, and increasing the chances of 20/20 vision or better! Wavefront combined with thin flap LASIK technology corrects farsightedness or nearsightedness among other procedures. Advanced Wavefront technology provides each patient with a customized procedure specific to that patient’s vision needs. These days Custom LASIK is so accurate that a qualified lasik eye surgeon not only brings perfection to your vision, but can actually restore vision in patients who lost it following refractive eye procedures that did not work.
by Rajesh Khanna, MD