Like the sound of no touch laser eye surgery?
After all, many of us need LASIK but don’t like the idea of a scalpel or other sharp surgical instrument inserted into our delicate and precious eyes.
There are many new alternative procedures available today.
This makes having eye problems much less scary.
It is easy to understand why “bladeless”, “blade free LASIK” or “no touch” is SO popular.
This procedure, which is also known as PRK or Photorefractive Keratotomy, is done to correct vision and reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
It is one of the several known forms of laser surgical procedures for eye problems such as near or far-sightedness and astigmatism.
It is very popular with individuals who are anxious with medical procedures that involve sharp surgical instruments.
How is No Touch Laser Eye Surgery done?
With a “No Touch Laser Eye Surgery,” a person’s vision is corrected with the use of an excimer laser and anesthetic drops. Before the surgery, an anesthetic liquid is dropped into the eye/s and during the procedure, the patient is asked to stare at a fixed light above his or her head. This type of surgery lasts for at least 90 minutes.
The term “no touch” is used to refer to this procedure because the laser is the only instrument that does the job of removing the eye’s outer tissue and reconstructing or molding the layer underneath it to correct the patient’s vision – no other surgical instrument touches the eye/s.
For this reason, the No Touch procedure is also known as bladeless laser eye surgery.
Just like any other laser surgery, this type is usually quick and painless. After an hour of recovery in the clinic, a patient can immediately go home. There are no known major side effects except for some discomfort such as dry eyes, pain, glare and increased sensitivity, which can either be temporary or permanent.
But before a person can undergo a No Touch Laser Eye Surgery, he or she must undergo a screening or a series of tests to determine whether they qualify for the procedure.
Typical requirements include:
1. Patient must be 18 years or older.
2. Patient must be free of eye infections for over a year.
3. Patient must not have abnormal or scarred corneal tissue.
4. Patient must have stable vision.
Usually, individuals with severe vision problems are turned down for this kind of procedure and any other type of laser eye surgery.
How much does this eye surgery cost?
The price for a “No Touch Laser Eye Surgery” starts from $2,000.
And similar to its counterparts, the cost for this procedure varies and depends on different factors.
These include the following – type of clinic, expertise of chosen doctor, as well as pre and post-operative requirements.
Because of this, it is crucial for a patient to look at all options before making a decision as to where to get this procedure done.