- By: Dr. Sanjeev Duggal
Why do people opt for a LASIK Eye Surgery or ICL?
A lot of people who wear prescription glasses or contact lenses on a day-to-day basis would much rather live their lives without having to wear either. For these people a LASIK surgery or implantation of ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) are preferred options.
What is a LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a very common laser eye surgery. It helps treat eye problems like myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness and astigmatism.
This laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea (the transparent covering in front of the eye). This is done so that the light that enters the eye can focus itself properly on the retina (thin layer of tissue placed at the back of the eye) for better and clearer vision.
LASIK surgery doesn't cause pain and is done in about 15 minutes. After the surgery is done the patient experiences positive results. The patient's vision continues to improve post-surgery and stabilizes over time.
Traditional LASIK Surgery vs. FEMTO-LASIK Surgery
FEMTO-LASIK is a much more advanced vision correction surgery compared to the traditional LASIK surgery. FEMTO-LASIK is way ahead when it comes to things like precision, safety and the total amount of time the eyes take to recover after the surgery.
With FEMTO-LASIK surgery all kinds of refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia(longsightedness related to age) can be corrected.
How is a FEMTO-LASIK Surgery Done?
FEMTO-LASIK is a two-step surgery. In both the steps of the procedure different lasers are used to treat the eye.
In step 1, the eye surgeon creates a thin corneal flap. This is done to prepare the eye for the next step, which is vision correction.
You must know that in a traditional LASIK surgery, the eye surgeon uses a mechanical blade to make the flap. On the other hand, in a FEMTO-LASIK surgery, a FEMTO LDV femtosecond laser is used to make the corneal flap. By using a laser as opposed to a blade, makes FEMTO-LASIK far safer compared to its counterpart.
What makes FEMTO-LASIK Surgery a Preferred Option?
1.This type of laser eye surgery involves no cuts with blade, making it pain-free. There is only a slight burning sensation post-surgery.
2. The surgery is performed fast and does not take too long. It is done within 10 minutes.
3. After the completion of the surgery you will be able to see normally immediately. And as FEMTO-LASIK surgery is not very invasive, you will recover faster and quite naturally.
LASIK Surgery vs. ICL
Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is an artificial lens that is permanently implanted in the eye to get rid of glasses or contact lenses. An ICL can be implanted if you aren't able to get a LASIK surgery done.
A Little about ICL
The ICL lens can be implanted to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. This lens is implanted through surgery, which takes about 10 minutes.
During the surgery, the lens is placed between the natural lens of the eye and coloured iris. The lens helps the eye's existing lens to refract or bend light on the retina, further making vision clearer.
The lens is made out of plastic and a collagen (protein) called collamer.
Another important point to remember is that much like the LASIK eye surgery, an ICL surgery isn't meant for everyone.
What Makes ICL Surgery a preferred Option?
1. The surgery takes about 10 minutes to get done and is safe.
2. Severe nearsightedness that cannot be fixed with any other type of surgery can be corrected with ICL.
3. There are lesser chances that ICL would cause dry eyes.
4. It is reversible. In case of any problem, it can be removed.
5. Provides great night vision.
6. Recovery is quick as the tissue isn't removed.
With FEMTO-LASIK (World's Fastest LASIK Laser Machine) and ICL surgery people who wish to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses can do so and recover their vision.