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Frequently people find old-fashioned glasses bulky and cumbersome, while others find contact lenses a hindrance to their active lifestyle. While eyesight is a gift, gaining one’s eyesight back through the development of modern technology has become more accessible and manageable. With most people opting for permanent solutions, the options can be diverse and hard to choose from. You may face the dilemma of picking between Contoura Vision, SMILE, and Lasik. While all three surgeries are trusted by most and safe, they can confuse you about what procedure to choose.
Fear not; here, we will cover the evolutionary changes in corrective eye procedures so that you can gauge what suits your needs best and make the right decision when you decide to get rid of your contact lenses or glasses.
Here is a table summarizing the above information:
Quality of Vision
US FDA approved
Pain and discomfort
Anesthesia and post-surgery pain killers
Similar levels of eye-dryness
Recovery couple of hours post the surgery
Recovery 7 to 10 days post the surgery
Possible, given it is done within the first year post the surgery
Relatively tricky and difficult
Rs 45,000 to 1,35,000/-
Rs 65,000 to 1,45,000/-
Rs 75,000 to 1,45,000/-
Also known as Laser-Assisted in Situ keratomileusis, this procedure uses two lasers– the femtosecond laser creates the hinged flap, and the excimer laser remodels the cornea under the flap.
People opt for Lasik treatment because vision tends to get blurry when light does not accurately focus on a retina, leading to a condition dubbed as “refractive error.”
This surgery is also known as Topography-guided Lasik surgery or Robotic Lasik because the surgery is performed under topical drop anesthesia. Introduced in the United States in 2015 and approved by the USFDA for vision correction, this advanced technology utilizes an Aberrometer to capture 22000 data points of the cornea’s front surface, creating a customized corneal map through topography. Further, every point is analyzed for abnormality and is corrected through laser treatment.
Yes! Firstly, post-surgery eye care plays an essential role as surgery does. The Contoura post-surgery eye care includes anti-inflammatory eye drops and antibiotics prescribed for optimal healing and recovery.
SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, similar to Lasik and sometimes known as Refractive Lenticule Extraction or RELEX. The surgery is often used to treat shortsightedness (myopia), but concerning astigmatism, the surgery can be used for up to 5 diopters.
Being a bladeless, quick surgery, the surgeon utilizes a femtosecond laser to create a minute arc-shaped incision on the cornea’s surface. With this same laser, the lenticule is removed from the cornea. The vision then gets corrected due to the change in the corneal structure. Usually, the corneal incision heals within a few days and ensures long-lasting and stable eyesight.
Lasik: Provision of normal vision
Contoura Vision: Provision of the sharpest vision, with two out of every three patients experiencing better vision than the normal 6/6 visual activity.
Smile: Provision of normal vision
All three procedures in question boast certificates from the highest safety standard in the world- US FDA.
All three procedures are painless as anesthetic drops are used before surgery. You may experience slight pressure during the surgery and subtle discomfort 3 to 4 hours post the surgery, often controlled with painkillers.
All patients inevitably face eye dryness in the postoperative period. This is usually countered with lubricating drops and goes away after 2-3 months. All three procedures cause a similar level of eye dryness, which eventually disappears.
Lasik: Fast recovery
Contoura Vision: Vision starts clearing two hours after the surgery, and by the following day, a patient’s vision is back to normal.
Smile: It takes seven to ten days to see clearly after this procedure due to Lenticule extraction.
There may be rare instances where post-surgery, a slight spectacle power may remain or develop during the healing of the eye. Hence, re-correction must be done utilizing laser enhancements.
Lasik: Retreatment is possible and is as effective as Contoura vision
Contoura Vision: It is relatively easy to enhance if done within the first post-op year.
Smile: Retreatment is relatively tricky if the procedure does not produce the desired result.
All three procedures are bladeless techniques; the whole procedure uses one or a combination of lasers. The bladeless method ensures higher precision, more safety, and better quality of vision.
Lasik: It utilizes two lasers; Femto Laser and Excimer Laser.
Contoura Vision: Uses a combination of lasers, namely, Femto Laser, Excimer Laser, and Topolyser.
Smile: Uses only a Femto laser.
The cost for surgery as complex as this can vary significantly after an evaluation of the eye is done. The determining factor for the surgery’s cost depends more on the complexity of a refractive error.
Lasik: Rs 40,000 to 1,35,000/- for both eyes.
Contoura Vision: Rs 55,000 to 1,40,000/- for both eyes.
Smile: Rs 60,000 to 1,40,000/- for both eyes.
Contoura vision can seem the best when viewed at a glance since it incorporates the latest technology; moreover, it is only for some. A comprehensive eye examination will help you decide which treatment best suits your needs.
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