How To Differentiate The Various Types Of Lasik Surgery
If you have eyesight issues you no doubt already realise that you can have the problem corrected using surgery. Perhaps you have begun to research the subject to help you to decide if eye surgery is the right solution for you. If you have done so, there is a good chance that you are a little confused. Once you have read more than a few articles on the subject, you realise that there is a lot of terminology to understand. As a result, you are no doubt a bit bewildered and may be unsure about the different types of Lasik surgery that are available.
This can make it difficult for you to work out if Lasik surgery is the right option for you or not. If you are in this situation, you will find this article particularly helpful. In this article, we aim to explain a little more about the world of laser eye surgery, to fill in some of the blanks for you.
Here we explain the different LASIK procedures and some the terminology. By the time you have read this article, you will have a much better understanding of the procedure. You will also be able to use this article as a reference point.
We hope you will see that LASIK is a great solution for the vast majority of people’s eyesight problems. Our aim is to give you the confidence you need to take the next step and go and see an eye surgeon about correcting your vision. It is so much better than having to rely on glasses or contacts.
How Does LASIK Work?
Using lasers eye surgeons can reshape the eye. Because the laser makes such fine cuts the healing process is very fast, and the improvement is noticeable within 24hrs. By the time the healing process is complete the person’s sight is once again 20/20.
The Different Types of LASIK?
All Lasik surgery is done in more or less the same way. It is just that the tools and technologies used are slightly different from clinic to clinic.
Few people realise that laser eye surgery has been around since the 1980s. Before that vision correction surgery was carried out using a scalpel.
The technique is the same. A small cut is made in the outer layer of the eye. This creates a flap, which allows the outer, protective layer of the eye to be moved out of the way. Next, the cornea is reshaped using a laser.
Once that is done the flap is put back into place. This protects the eye while it heals and continues to do so once the healing process is complete. The eye looks as it did before, but because it is the correct shape light is once again refracted off the lenses in the right way. The person who has had the surgery has the same perfect vision they had when they were younger.
What is Epilasik?
Epi-LASIK or Epilasik is a surgical technique that was invented by Dr Ioannis Palikaris in Greece. An automatic laser is used for this technique. This method is popular because the cornea heals very quickly.
Bladeless LASIK is more than just another way of describing laser eye surgery. This phrase is usually used to describe eye surgery carried out using an IntraLase laser.
It is one of the most popular forms of eye surgery. Literally millions of people’s surgeries have been done using IntraLase lasers. Sometimes you will see this technique referred to as bladeless flap creation.
What is Wavefront Guided LASIK?
During wave front guided LASIK the eye is mapped in 3D. This map is used to guide the laser. The technology used is sometimes called VISX Wavefront.
Ilasik or IntraLASIK
The term iLasik is rarely used anymore. You will see it more commonly referred to as IntraLASIK or Femto-LASIK surgery.
For this kind of surgery a femtosecond laser microkeratome laser is used. The flap is created in a slightly different way and usually an excimer laser is used to correct the cornea.
What is the STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser System?
The STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser System was developed by VISX who have been involved in the development of laser eye surgery from the very beginning. Their latest STAR system produces exceptional results. The system includes 3D eye tracking and automatic pupil migration compensation.
This ensures that the cuts are as accurate as possible. When the eye heals, the shape is as perfect as it can be, so the vision correction is extremely good.
Naturally, this system is one that you will see installed and used in many eye clinics. In fact, many eye surgeons view it as the gold standard.
All LASIK Methods Work
From reading the above article, you may now know which kind of surgery you want done. This is great and you should look for a clinic that offers that precise type of LASIK surgery if it makes you feel more comfortable.
However, from the many reviews and studies we have read it seems that all modern LASIK procedures produce extremely good results. Therefore, if your local surgeon does not offer one specific type of surgery please do not let that put you off having your eyes corrected by them.