What is LASIK Xtra™?
LASIK Xtra™ is a LASIK procedure enhanced with an add-on corneal strengthening procedure (cross-linking). During LASIK, the excimer laser thins the cornea in order to correct refractive errors like myopia and astigmatism. Hence, higher degrees of spectacle power correction result in proportionately thinner corneas. Rarely, thin and weakened corneas may progressively bulge forward, a condition called corneal ectasia. LASIK Xtra™ is postulated to reduce this risk by strengthening the cornea.
Who is suitable?
All LASIK patients especially those with thin corneas.
What are the advantages?
Strengthens corneas especially for those with thin corneas following refractive surgery. Potentially reduces the risk of corneal ectasia in all patients.
The LASIK Xtra™ Process
LASIK Xtra™ involves the use of a chemical containing riboflavin (a type of vitamin) and Dextran. Immediately after LASIK, the riboflavin solution is applied to the cornea and ultraviolet light is applied on the cornea for about 45 seconds. The entire process only adds about 2 minutes to the LASIK procedure. There is no added discomfort during LASIK Xtra™.
As a cornea strengthening procedure, cross-linking has been widely performed for eyes with weaker corneal strength and also in eyes with corneal thinning after LASIK. LASIK Xtra™ may be useful in normal eyes where the cornea may become very thin after LASIK. Therefore, it may benefit patients requiring high spectacle power correction and in patients with naturally thin corneas.
In general, visual outcomes are not affected by this additional procedure LASIK Xtra™ and the procedure may reduce the risk of corneal weakness after LASIK in certain individuals.
What are the risks of LASIK Xtra™ compared to LASIK?
The risks are essentially the same.
Are patients previously rejected for LASIK because of inadequate corneal thickness now suitable candidates for LASIK Xtra™?
No, patients with inadequate residual corneal stromal beds are still not suitable for LASIK Xtra™.
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||Price with 7%GST (per eye)
LASIK Xtra™ Surgery
S$835 on top of LASIK Surgery price
- Prices indicated are correct as of 1st April 2013 and may be subject to change without prior notice.
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