SILK Eye Surgery

In the rapidly advancing field of vision correction, SILK, which stands for Smooth Incision Lenticule Keratomileusis, is an innovative eye surgery technique developed by Johnson and Johnson vision is now revolutionizing the vision correction world. It employs advanced laser technology called ELITA to address common vision issues like myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. The goal is to reshape the cornea precisely and quickly, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

What is a SILK Eye Surgery

SILK is a laser eye surgery that creates a thin lenticule (disc) of tissue below the cornea’s surface later removed through a small incision. A femtosecond laser is used to create microscopic bubbles within the cornea and then remove the corneal lenticule. This results in flattening of your cornea thus reducing or eliminating nearsightedness with and without astigmatism.

Criteria for SILK Eye Surgery

Below are the basic criteria for SILK surgery:

  • Patient must be at least of 18 years of age.
  • Myopia up to -12.00 D with and without astigmatism up to -6.00 D.
  • Patient should have stable refractive error for 6 months
  • Patients who are not pregnant, lactating, or of child-bearing potential and practicing a medically approved method of birth control
  • No previous history of intraocular or corneal surgery of any kind

Major Benefits of SILK Vision Correction:


The best part about SILK surgery is that it is minimally invasive, unlike traditional LASIK, as it does not require creating a corneal flap; instead forming a thin lenticule within the cornea. This results in a faster recovery and less discomfort. 99% of patients are highly satisfied with this approach.

Better Comfort:

SILK Surgery offers improved comfort by avoiding large incisions or corneal flaps, reducing the risk of dry eyes. 89% of patients experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, with better night vision.

Reduced Complication Risk:

Since this surgical approach preserves the cornea’s strength, the risk of complications such as corneal ectasia, which can occur with other vision correction methods gets significantly reduced in SILK Surgery.

Quick Recovery:

99% Patients undergoing SILK laser vision correction typically experience a faster recovery, with improved vision within hours to a couple of days after the procedure.

Precision and Accuracy:

SILK surgery utilizes advanced femtosecond laser technology to reshape the cornea with exceptional precision and accuracy. Over 95% of patients achieve excellent visual outcomes within a month.


In conclusion, SILK Surgery is a significant advancement in refractive surgery, offering a flapless procedure, enhanced comfort, and reduced complication risks for those seeking freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Patients should consult with an experienced ophthalmologist to determine the best vision correction method based on their individual needs and circumstances.

Cost of SILK Eye Surgery:

Regarding the cost of SILK surgery, it is available at an affordable price of 1,30,000 only; though it may vary based on the patient’s prescription and the complexity of the surgery.

How SILK Surgery Works:

Before the Procedure: Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye, ensuring a painless treatment.

During the Procedure: A precise femtosecond laser creates microscopic bubbles in the cornea to reshape it. A thin lenticule of tissue beneath the cornea’s surface is then removed through a small incision.

After the Procedure: The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes, and while the recovery time varies for each individual, most patients can resume their daily activities within a few days.


What is SILK surgery Procedure?

SILK stands for smooth incision lenticule keratomileusis (a flapless procedure) and reshapes the cornea via lenticule extraction, a flapless procedure to correct common refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.

Will the results of silk eye surgery last a lifetime?

Yes, the results of SILK procedure last a lifetime, however, after 40-45yrs of age, individuals may require reading glasses.

Can I have Silk eye surgery if I have a history of eye conditions such as Glaucoma or Cataracts?

People with specific eye conditions like history of glaucoma might not be eligible to undergo the SILK surgery, but a thorough evaluation by your ophthalmologist is essential to determine the eligibility after assessing your medical history. Patients with progressive cataract should opt for cataract surgery for spectacle removal.

Is there any age limit for the Silk Eye surgery?

Yes, Patients’ age must lie between 18-40 yrs along with stable power from the last six months to undergo SILK Surgery.

For how long should I avoid exposure to sunlight or bright lights after the Silk eye laser?

Patients who went through SILK procedure can avoid direct exposure to sunlight and bright lights for the 1st day or two days. They can wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays and dust for a few days.

How much does laser eye surgery cost in India?

At Centre For Sight, laser eye surgery starts from an affordable cost of 25,000 only; though it may vary based on the patient’s prescription, type and complexity of the surgery.

Can Silk eye surgery correct cylinder power (astigmatism)?

Yes, SILK eye surgery corrects cylinder power (astigmatism) up to 6D.

Can Silk Eye Surgery be combined with other eye procedures?

SILK can be combined with other procedures like ICL depending on the need of the patient. The suitability for the same is best discussed with your doctor.

After the SILK Procedure, is it safe for me to swim or engage in other water-related activities?

After the SILK Procedure, it is advisable to avoid swimming or participating in any water-related activities for a minimum of 2-4 weeks to minimize complications. Our eye specialists will offer guidance on when it’s appropriate to resume such activities.

What is J&J Vision's SILK Procedure?

The SILK procedure, is an advanced refractive (spectacle removal) laser procedure currently considered as the latest among all available refractive surgeries. It uses the advanced Elita machine introduced by J&J Vision, specifically designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.

Which visual issues can be resolved with the SILK Surgery?

The SILK procedure addresses refractive issues like myopia (nearsightedness) up to -12D and astigmatism  up to 6D. However it does not have the capability to correct hyperopia or “plus” powers.

Is SILK Surgery safe?

The SILK Procedure is the safest among all spectacles removal procedures as it uses advanced second generation Femtosecond laser that emits ultra fast and precise laser shots, that minimizes risks as well as enhances the patient’s comfort. However, as with any surgical procedure, there may be potential risks and complications that should be discussed with your ophthalmologist.

How much time does it take to recuperate from the SILK eye surgery?

The SILK procedure is well-known for its rapid recovery feature. Most patients can resume their work and normal activities within 24 hours after undergoing it; however prior consultation with your surgeon for a complete recovery is essential.

Is it possible to do the SILK surgery on both eyes in one sitting?

Yes, an individual usually undergoes the SILK procedure on both eyes during a single session.

After the SILK surgery, are there any limits on exposure to bright lights like the sun?

Though there are no strict restrictions on exposure to sunlight or room light after the SILK surgery, it is advisable that one must wear sunglasses during outdoor visits to protect your eyes from dust as well as harmful UV rays for a few days/weeks.

Are there any limitations on using a computer, watching TV, or reading after SILK eye surgery?

As suggested, one can resume using digital devices or reading within 1-2 days after the SILK eye surgery.

Can I wear contact lenses following the SILK surgery?

Yes, you can wear contact lenses but since the SILK surgery offers 6/6 vision acuity, you won’t require to wear contact lenses; however, if you want to wear coloured lenses for fashionable purposes, you can do so a few weeks after the procedure. It is suggested to consult with your eye surgeon to get the best guidance on when it’s safe to wear contact lenses and which type of contact lenses will be suitable.

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