No Cut Superlasik
Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Orange County, California
Combining the technology of LASIK and Surface ablation (PRK) was like two wonderful parents giving birth to an amazing child. "Superlasik," an acronym for superficial Lasik was coined by the inventor of LASIK. The term is quite descriptive. It means doing LASIK in the superficial layers of the cornea, but it also implies quite rightly that Superlasik has advantages over traditional LASIK in many situations.
Advantages of Superlasik
The main advantage of Superlasik is that this technique can be used when LASIK is not an option. Thin cornea, abnormally-shaped cornea, and dry eye are some conditions where the advantages of Superlasik have been used successfully. It is also safer than traditional LASIK. In fact, it is even safer than Intralase or all-laser Lasik.
What Is Superlasik?
There is no cut involved in this procedure. The top layer or epithelium is separated mechanically along a naturally-occurring anatomical plane. This is accomplished by the shearing force generated by the blunt epikeratome. The flap is approximately 53 microns deep. The bed is very smooth, since it is a natural anatomical plane. The surrounding epithelial cells are not harmed. The flap can be repositioned, so the technique yields immediate vision.
S Stands for Superlasik and Safety
Superlasik is safer than traditional LASIK because the flap could be discarded and still a new layer will regenerate without any harm. Superlasik also avoids the problems of flap wrinkles, flap dislocation, and interface inflammation seen sometimes with LASIK.
The incidence of pain and discomfort is remarkably less than PRK done in the twentieth century. Post operative corneal haze is not common.
Superlasik, Super-vision, and Awesome Results
Wavefront technology can be combined with Superlasik to give "super-vision." Sometimes persons requiring Superlasik have refractive errors beyond the range approved by the FDA. In such cases a skillful, experienced surgeon can use accurate refraction measurements, alignment with variable spot scanning or flying spot technology, with enlarged and blended zones to obtain awesome results. In fact 80 % of patients with lazy eyes (often due to extremely poor vision in one eye) have benefitted from this surgical technology.
It does take 24-48 hours for the flap to get regenerated. The final vision can take longer. Sometimes investing a little time is worth the long term results.
To learn more about this super procedure and experience its awesome results, schedule a superlasik consultation at one of the five Los Angeles area locations of the Khanna Institute of LASIK and Refractive Surgery.