This is the same procedure as LASIK. The only difference is the flap thickness. Ordinary LASIK surgery is impossible to perform on patients with high myopia, a thin cornea, or larger than normal sized pupils. Micro LASIK is performed on individuals who are not good candidates for regular LASIK.
Whereas the LASIK surgery makes a 130~160㎛-thick corneal flap, the Micro LASIK procedure creates a corneal flap as thin as 90~100㎛-without reducing the thickness of the remaining cornea. This which allows the laser to be safely shot at a wider range. We not only can perform a safe and successful operation while reducing side effects, but we also safely deal with complications induced by myopia regression.
A micro-keratome glides across the cornea making an incision resulting in a flap.
The corneal flap is lifted up. In Micro LASIK, the flap thickness is 90~100㎛.
A laser reshapes the corneal curvature by ablation.
The corneal flap is replaced in its original position.
Leaving more remaining cornea than LASIK leaves
Most patients say they experience little or no discomfort during or after the procedure and a fast recovery. Many patients go back to work the next day, (just like LASIK), while others may wait a few days.
The candidate range for surgery has been expanded because of a large vision correction range.
There are minimal complication such as keratoconus (protrusion of cornea) caused by the remaining thinner cornea
There is a minimization of glare at night. By allowing the laser to be shot at a wide range without reducing the thickness of the remaining cornea
Maintaining stable vision even years after surgery is more likely due to the thicker remaining cornea.
Patients who have thin corneas which make LASIK surgery a poor choice.
Patients whose corneal tissue has to be ablated more due to high myopia
Patients who worry about glare at night after surgery due to large pupils and don’t have a thick cornea.
Patients who worry that a thin cornea might deter the possibility of treatment.
Eye drop
Use 2 kinds of eye drops: antibiotic and anti-inflammatory as doctors prescribe.
Eye shield
Use an eye shield while sleeping for 1 week.
Face washing and bathing
Do not wash your face after the surgery or the next day. Washing your face must be done carefully for 2 days. Strong jets of water can disturb the eyes and soapy water may get into the eyes causing patients to rub their eyes. You may visit a public bath, sauna, or steam bath 4 weeks after the procedure.
Make-up
Do not wear make-up for at least 2 days post surgery. Do not wear eye make-up for 10 days post surgery. You may perm or dye your hair after one month.
Driving
You may drive from the next day. But we recommend you should drive carefully for the first several days. If you experience a glare or halo at night, consult your surgeon.
Exercise
Do not participate in sports involving physical contact (e.g., soccer, basketball, etc.) for at least 1 month. You may do general exercise (jogging or weight-lifting) after 3 days. You may swim after 1 month. It is advisable to wear swimming goggles while swimming. You may experience increased dry eye after swimming. Patients must take care not to bump their eyes for at least 1 month.
Everyday life
Try not to rub or blink your eyes roughly for the first week following surgery. Don’t continuous read or watch TV, because you can feel eye fatigue faster than before the operation. Reading books or watching TV for 50 mins or less is possible. Reading and tv watching should be followed by 10 minutes of rest by closing one’s eyes or focusing on objects at 6 meter distances. It’s advisable to avoid alcohol for 1 week and to avoid intoxication for 1 month. Avoid gardening or going to places with a lot of dust for the first week following surgery. Smoking is possible, but your eyes may be sensitive to smoke.