Many people are now asking for i-LASIK Surgery that are available in Singapore rather than the traditional LASIK because it is introduced as being ‘bladeless’. While the regular LASIK uses a tiny knife called a microkeratome to cut a flap on the surface of the cornea so that eye correction can be performed, i-Lasik uses a second laser called an Intralase to perform the same part of the procedure. The flap is then put back over the eye, which seals itself through a natural vacuum.
i-LASIK Surgery reduces the risk of complications that are present when a blade is used during the LASIK surgery, such as button-hole and irregular flaps as well as corneal abrasions. While these complications are rare, there is always the possibility that they will happen. Bladeless LASIK virtually eliminates these complications since a laser is used to make the flaps. Using the Intralase laser allows the surgeon more control over the diameter and depth of the flap, which means that it is three times more stable compared with one made with a microkeratome.
In addition, i-LASIK Surgery uses eye-mapping technology to customize the treatment for the patient’s actual eye anatomy to produce better results. The surgeon uses the map as a guide to tell him where to use the laser to make the correction to address issues such as astigmatism and myopia as well as avoiding vision problems like hazing, ghosting, glare and starbursts. The use of two lasers not only provides better vision correction results but also faster recovery after the procedure, greater stability of the flaps and less symptoms of dry eye. This is why i-LASIK Surgery is recommended for people that have a high risk of their eyes being hit (eg. sportsmen in contact sports), since there is less chance that the flap will move out of position.
If you are interested in i-LASIK surgery, you should consult with your Singapore eye doctor to see if it is appropriate for you. In general, it is suitable for most people, even those with risk factors such as slightly thinner corneas for whom regular LASIK may not be appropriate. All branches of the US military as well as NASA allow the procedures to be performed on their active personnel since it is not only safe but avoids the risks of traditional LASIK. The only drawback is that i-LASIK surgery is slightly more expensive than regular LASIK but the reduced risk of complications may make the extra cost well worth it!!