Femto-Lasik, which is the short form of femtosecond laser LASIK, is one of the latest methods to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
The Femto-Lasik procedure is like the traditional Lasik procedure where the technique for flap creation is different. Unlike Lasik that uses a blade to create a thin flap in the cornea, Femto-Lasik uses Femtosecond laser pulses to do so. That is the reason that Femto-Lasik procedure is sometimes called “bladeless” LASIK. The procedure is the painless form and even safer variation of LASIK.
Femtosecond laser pulses are controllable and adjustable via a monitor used by the surgeon. As pulses last only 10 to 15 second, adjacent areas of the cornea remained with no damage. Also, the recovery time of Femto-Lasik is less than LASIK. The patient can easily get back to his normal life after 2 days.
Patients who have higher amounts of nearsightedness which cannot be corrected by other surgeries like LASEK or PRK are great candidates for Femto-Lasik.
At first, the nurse makes eyes numb by dropping anesthesia eye-drop into patient’s eye so that he/she won’t feel anything during the surgery. When the patient is ready, a device will be used to keep eyes open. This does not let the patient blink and let the surgeon perform the surgery easily.
An ultra-fast femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. Then an excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue and correct the eye vision. In the end, the flap is returned to its original position and the surgery is over.
The patient is ready to get back home and rest for a few days.
Femto-Lasik is 100% blade-free lasik procedure which is one of the newest methods of refractive eyesight correction.
Pain, mild irritation or itching are normal after the Femto-Lasik surgery. However, this procedure has less recovery time and less pain compare to Lasik. You will not feel any discomfort after 3 to 5 days.
Femto-Lasik procedure is a safe proven eye laser treatment. Risks of the surgery are minimum and rare. Although mentioned risks cannot be completely excluded, but there is a solution for nearly all complications.