What are the main advantages of iLASIK over other procedures, and can I still play contact sports after the operation?
iLASIK falls into the category of LASIK surgery which is performed using the IntraLase iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser to cut a corneal flap and Star S4 IR Excimer Laser to reshape the cornea, thus correcting refractive errors.
Patients with had undergone iLASIK (or LASIK surgeries in general) should only participate in rugged or contact sports with caution. This is because there is still a risk of possible corneal flap complications especially when you engage in sporting activities, such as flap-dislodgement, flap wrinkles, etc. Even though iLASIK is often touted as an “all-laser, bladeless” surgery, it still involves cutting of a corneal flap.
If you are participating in active sports, you may want to consider the no-cut, no-flap Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) procedures including TransPRK which does not involve the cutting of a corneal flap, allowing you to participate in rugged and active sports without any worry of corneal flap complications.
Dr Tony Ho
MBBS, FRCS, FRCOphth, FAMS
3 MT ELIZABETH
MOUNT ELIZABETH MEDICAL CENTRE
#03 - 08 Singapore 228510
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