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Alcon Wavelight Refractive Suite

GoodBye Lasik;
Hello Blade-Free LASIK!

Kerala's 1st & only eye hospital with 100% bladeless refractive laser technology using the Refractive Suite from WaveLight, Germany.


The Refractive Suite has 2 components that work in breath-taking unison:

FS 200 - This is a Femtosecond laser working at 200HZ and provides amazing bladeless surgical capabilities. Mulamoottil Eye Hospital is Kerala's 1st & only eye hospital with this 100% bladeless technology.

EX 500 - This is the Excimer Laser working at 500HZ a supremely efficient and fast laser. Mulamoottil Eye Hospital was the 1st hospital in Kerala to acquire this technology in 2012.


Perfection like never before

  • Amazingly Accurate
  • Robotic Precision
  • Outstanding Comfort

Superb Speed

  • Speed ensures highest safety
  • "Quick IN and Quick OUT" is the accepted medical standard
  • For a power as great as 8 diopters, our Laser takes less than 11 seconds flat.

Supremely Versatile and Safe

  • 100% Customizable
  • Virtually no flap related complications.
  • Reduced chance of corneal ectasia
  • Very less chances for infections

Total Peace of Mind

The laser is performed by World-Renown experts with the most experience in blade-free technologies.


Rest & Recuperate

This is a vision transforming technology in all aspects. So, your precious eyes might take a while to adjust to the new vision. It might take a week for your amazing new vision to take hold. At this time, do the following:

  • Dark glasses required for a few days
  • No head bath for 2 days
  • No splashing water into eyes for 2 weeks

Contact Lenses

Some patients may wear a contact lens for a day

Questions Frequently Asked (And our cute response)

1) Who is an ideal candidate for Blade-Free LASIK?
Any person with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism below 8 D who wants a perfect outcome.
2) Any special group for whom Blade-Free LASIK is highly recommended?
Any one in love with their eyes.
3) What is the average time for Blade-Free LASIK?
Less than 2 minutes per eye. Laser takes maximum of only 20 seconds. Don't pay us if we take more time for the laser.
4) What is the cost?
Rs. 80,000 ($ 1200)
Your safety is non-negotiable, so is our price.
5) Is Blade-Free LASIK painful?
Pain? Really?
Seriously, all that you will feel is a sensation of some dust in your eye for a day and an aversion to light. We recommend that you wear our standard- issue MEH Sunglasses and take a long nap.
6) How long does the eye need bandaging?
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7) How soon after Blade-Free LASIK can the patient be discharged?
2 hours
8) What are the complications that can occur?
Under correction, Over correction, infections, degeneration, secondary procedures may be required, glaucoma, medication allergies or side effects, the list is quite long. Our job is to make sure that none of this happens to you. We will do a safety audit before we even consider laser for you. If in spite of all our precautions, the slightest harm were to come to you, we will do all the necessary accepted medical procedures to nurse you back to good health.
9) What is the follow up procedure for Blade-Free LASIK?
Visit us the next day, after 2-3 weeks and after 3 months. We insist that you come a see us every year because you will require a retina, glaucoma and general eye evaluation. Our yearly scans are free for you.
10) What are the things to be avoided after Blade-Free LASIK?
Rubbing your eyes, splashing water into your eyes, playing on a mobile phone, contact sports, etc are to be avoided for 3 weeks.
11) What work can be done after Blade-Free LASIK?
All your routine work can be done after 2 days.

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Dr. Ashley Mulamoottil

MBBS, MS (Ophth), DNB (Ophth), MRCOphth (London), M.Ch. (Ophth), FICO (Cambridge) Medical Director & Chief Surgeon

Dr. Ashley Mulamoottil, Eye Surgeon and social activist, graduated in medicine and procured an MS in Ophthalmology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Subsequently he attained the DNB (Ophth) from the National Board of Examinations while pursuing a fellowship in Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Diseases and Laser at the famous Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore.

Dr. Ashley obtained the prestigious Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship in Advanced Cataract Micro Surgery at the world famous Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. Having completed specialized training in Cataract Microsurgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Diseases and Laser, he obtained a fellowship at the International Council of Ophthalmology (FICO) and proceeded for training in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He subsequently obtained a Membership at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London (MRCOphth).

Dr. Ashley, a member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons; the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, is trained in Immediate Life Support; the only ophthalmologist with this distinction. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) of Rotary International and has also to his credit a first rank in the M.Ch (Ophthalmology) certification program of the American Institute of Medicine.

A direct descendant of the famous Ayurveda eye physician, the late Vaidyaratnam Mulamoottil Mathen Mathai , Dr. Ashley resides at the ancestral house in Kozhencherry. Besides being an expert in the field of modern eye care, Dr. Ashley has authored several articles, videos, and books for promoting awareness about Eye Care; especially healthy vision in Children, which is one of the key activities of the Mulamoottil Eye Foundation, formed under his initiative and vision. His ideas on the usage of outdoor play, evening sunlight, eye exercises and healthy food habits to prevent short-sight in preschool children have been successfully implemented by thousands of parents.The foundation also organizes schemes and projects to fight blindness in different ways and is actively involved in providing health education to public on eye-related topics.

Dr. Ashley Mulamoottil is the first and only eye surgeon trained to perform Laser Cataract Surgery (Blade-free cataract surgery) in Kerala State, India. He is considered the pioneer of blade-free surgeries.

What to expect after Laser Procedures?

  • It is normal to feel a sensation of "something being inside the eye" for up to 2 weeks. Some patients may feel this sensation for 3 months or longer if they are using computers or work in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Pain is not a routine feature. However, if there is discomfort, we suggest taking a pain reliever such as Paracetamol
  • It is normal to fee a "sticky sensation" on the eye lids for a while after the procedure
  • Healing takes 2-10 days depending on the type of laser procedure
  • Some patients feel a slight "double vision" for 10-30 days after the procedure. It will disappear over time as the brain adjusts to the new vision.
  • Some patients may feel that their vision is a bit "dull, or not sharp". That is normal
  • Most patients will see "floaters" more clearly. This is normal. The floaters were always there. It is just that one can see it clearer now. Floaters are a part of myopia

Things to avoid immediately after Laser Procedures

  • Rubbing the eye
  • Going out in the bright sunshine
  • Exercising strenuously
  • Allowing anything from falling into the eye
  • Washing the eye with water
  • Head bath - Please discuss your individual case with the consultant. Normally, we allow all our patients to have head bath after 2 days.

How long do the eyes have to be covered afterwards?

Not even for a minute. There are no patches or dressings. Persons who undergo Advanced Surface Ablations will require a bandage contact lens for 3-7 days.

How long should one use the sunglasses?

About 3-10 days would suffice.

How long to use eye drops?

The patient will be taught how to put in eye drops correctly. Eye drops prevent infection and helps to reduce inflammation after the laser. It may be necessary for 2-3 months. Always wash hands before putting drops. Do not let the dropper tip touch the eye or eye lashes.

The correct method for putting eye drops.

How to use Eye Drops...

The correct method for cleaning the operated eye.

After Cataract surgery


  • Excessive pain
  • Decrease / Loss of vision
  • Increasing redness of the eye
  • Increasing discharge from the eye

How safe is a Laser Refractive Procedure? What complications are reported?

Laser Vision Corrections are one of the most successful of all eye procedures.

However, since it is a medical procedure some complications can develop and must be considered before giving consent to have the procedure.

These include:

Under correction / Over Correction:

This is fairly common and can be evident after 6-12 months. Usually, recurrence of power by upto 1 dioptre is not alarming and is not treated. Larger recurrences can be re-treated.

Dry Eye:

This was fairly common with the older Lasik procedures and can be evident after 6-12 months. Usually, it is treated with a short course of tear supplements. This is not very common with modern Laser Refractive Procedures.

It is not at all common with Advanced Surface Ablations.

Haloes / Glare:

Usually seen with correction of higher powers. Some amount of glare is normal and must be accepted by the patient.

Corneal Ectasia:

This is an extremely rare but a most serious complication. The reasons for these are mostly unethical practices like performing laser on unfit eyes, correcting excess power, ignoring the warning signs from the various eye scans, etc.

Only rarely does this happen in a normal procedure. Should this happen; the options available are Corneal cross linking and corneal transplant.

Thankfully, MEH does not do any unethical corrections for persons who are deemed outside the limits of the technology.

This complication does not occur with the Advanced Surface Ablations. It occurs only with Lasik.


Since the eye has undergone a surgical procedure, an infection could develop and permanently harm or even destroy the eye and vision. This can be controlled by medications or surgery. The risk for infection is low (3-5/1000).

Retinal Detachment:

Extremely Rare. Reported to happen with older Lasik surgeries employing a blade. The vacuum of the blade apparatus causes a disturbance to the internal dynamics of the eye leading to small tears in the retina that may later progress to retinal detachment and loss of vision. Most tears can be treated with laser or freezing with a cryo probe. Detachments can be treated with surgery.

Laser Refractive Procedures - Comparison table

MEH is the first and only eye hospital in Kerala to use the Refractive Suite with the 500 Hz Excimer Laser and the 200HZ Femtosecond laser. This provides the best blade-less refractive experience for our patients.

The resultant vision enjoyed by our patients is truly outstanding; and the robotic precision is amazing.

That fact alone is a BIG advantage for our patients.

Sl. No Type of Laser Procedure Flap type Advantages Recovery time Highlights Cost*
Available at Mulamoottil Eye Hospital
1. Blade-Free LASIK 90 micron
No Blade
Precision & Safety
1 day Blade-free
No need of rest
INR 80,000
USD 1200
2. Advanced Surface Ablations (ASA) No Flap For high-risk
3-5 days Mildly Irritating INR 80,000
USD 1200
3. LASIK 130 micron Moderately Safe 2 days This is what
is done all over
N/A No

* Cost of medicines and tests are extra (as applicable)

Advanced Surface Ablation

Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a type of refractive laser procedure where there is no "corneal flap".

The laser treatment is directly applied to the surface of the cornea.


No Corneal Flap

  • No flap related complications
  • Vitrually no chance of corneal degeneration / ectasia
  • It is normal to fee a "sticky sensation" on the eye lids for a while after the procedure
  • Very less chances for infection, diffuse lamellar keratitis, etc

No Suction to the eye

  • So, virtually no chance of Retinal complications
  • No problems for Glaucoma patients

No Dry Eyes

  • The chances for dry eye is virtually nil as there is no deep treatment on the cornea


Surface procedure on the cornea

  • So, healing time is 3-7 days
  • Patients will have discomfort and blurred vision for 2 weeks
  • Some patients will have a slight double vision for 2 weeks
  • Eye Watering, Redness, Gritty sensation is present for 2 weeks
  • Photophobia or aversion to light for a week

Rest for 3-7 days

  • Dark glasses required for a week
  • Cannot watch TV , drive or go out of the house for a week

Contact Lenses

  • Patients will have to wear a contact lens 24 hours a day for 3-7 days


Who is an ideal candidate for ASA ?
Any person with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism below 4 D.
Any special group for whom ASA is highly recommended?
Yes. It is especially safe for persons with thin corneas and glaucoma.
What is the average time for ASA?
The total procedure time for ASA is roughly 2-3 minutes. Usually around 2 minutes.
What is the cost?
The cost is usually in a range of 45,000 (USD 1000).
Is ASA painful?

Generally, patients are aware of the surgeon touching the eye and a vague sensation of something being done, but pain is not reported.
How long does the eye need bandaging?
No Bandage. But, a contact lens has to be worn for 3-7 days.
How soon after ASA can the patient be discharged?
Mulamoottil Eye Hospital encourages patients to leave for their homes 1 hour after the procedure.
What are the complications that can occur?
Complications with ASA are rare.

However, like all surgeries, ASA too has possible complications, though at very low rates. These are: Infections, inflammation, gritty feeling, blurring, burning sensation, double vision, etc. However, it must be stated that these are mostly temporary.
The long term problems are likely to be under correction or over correction. These can be re-treated at will.
What is the follow up procedure for ASA?
Patients are advised to review with our surgical team after 72 hours. The second visit is scheduled after 10 days. Thereafter, there is no real need for follow up visits, though we do encourage our patients to see us after 45 days (prior to stopping eye drops).
What are the things to be avoided after ASA?
There are no rigid restrictions after ASA, but it is wise to avoid rubbing the eyes and direct irrigation of the eyes with water.
What work can be done after ASA?
Most patients can go to work after a week.
After 3 days, watching TV or reading is not a restriction. Using computer too is OK. There is no restriction on speaking or eating any kind of food.
Almost all patients can take head bath, drive a car, go shopping, worship, cook and do routine household chores.