Femtosecond LASIK Xtra (or X) and LASIK Xtra (or X) are combinations of Femtosecond LASIK or LASIK and accelerated corneal cross-linking (CXL).
Both Femtosecond LASIK and LASIK are out-patient laser vision correction procedures available at Finland Eye Center used to treat myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism. With either method, the aim is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Please see ‘Femtosecond LASIK and LASIK’ leaflet for more information.
CXL is an out-patient procedure to strengthen and stabilize a weak, unstable cornea by creating new collagen bonds using a combination of ultraviolet light (UVA) and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin). CXL is most commonly used to treat keratoconus patients or corneal ectasia occurring after refractive surgery. Please see ‘CXL’ leaflet for more information..
Although both Femtosecond LASIK and LASIK are by themselves safe procedures, at times the ‘X’ will be advised to strengthen the cornea if your surgeon suspects an underlying unstable/progressive corneal condition (especially early keratoconus). Femtosecond LASIK X or LASIK X are also safer and more reliable procedures for patients with certain conditions affecting the cornea such as thin corneas or irregular corneal curvature. Your doctor will explain to you why they decide Femtosecond LASIK X or LASIK X is the best option for your eyes.
After applying the excimer laser to shape the cornea during the Femtosecond LASIK or LASIK operation, riboflavin (vitamin B2) drops are administered to the exposed cornea. UVA light is then applied. After this, antibiotic eye drops are given and a soft bandage contact lens may be placed to help the healing and the re-growth of the epithelium. Sunglasses or other protective eyeglasses are recommended during the healing process. Please be assured that the UVA will not harm your eyes when applied properly.
There are several types of laser refractive procedures available around the world. Techniques, machines and names can be different, but the end goal is the same; to help you get rid of your glasses as much as possible. At Finland Eye Center, our most advanced procedure is referred to as ‘9D Z LASIK’ , which is a combination of a femtosecond laser and an extremely precise eye tracking system with which we deliver the laser treatment. This combination offers high precision, high success rate and a high safety level. Your doctor will discuss the best option for your eyes at your consultation.