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LASIK eye surgery
LASIK eye surgery is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery with around 95% of patients opting for this procedure over other forms of laser eye surgery. Here at Optegra, our qualified ophthalmologists use the most advanced equipment to ensure safe and accurate LASIK treatment, with a faster recovery period and better results.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery, and can be used to treat myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight), astigmatism, and wavefront abnormalities.
Optegra’s LASIK surgery uses the latest computer technology in a fast, painless and completely blade-free procedure that improves the eye’s focusing power, producing clearer, sharper vision. This treatment can be carried out within a mere 15 minutes, although this does differ from patient to patient. You can expect results in as little as 24 hours.
Benefits of LASIK eye surgery
- A proven vision correction method – Research indicates that 96 per cent of patients achieve their desired vision after LASIK treatment
- Quick procedure
- Rapid results
- Most patients no longer need glasses or contact lenses
- Painless treatment
- No stitches required
- If necessary, further adjustments can be made years down the line to correct vision
LASIK eye surgery from Optegra
We always begin by conducting an in-depth consultation to make sure LASIK eye surgery is the right option for you. This will be conducted by one of our ophthalmic surgeons – the same surgeon who will carry out the procedure and follow-up appointments.
What about the treatment itself? Our team of qualified and highly experienced ophthalmic surgeons use a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser to make the flap, resulting in a treatment that is quick, painless and blade-free, with outstanding results. This really sets our LASIK eye correction treatment apart from other clinics.
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How does LASIK work?
During a LASIK procedure, the outer layers of the cornea, which is the transparent tissue layer that sits over the eye, are lifted back, revealing the deeper cornea tissue. For the outer layer to be gently lifted, the femtosecond laser is used to send microscopic laser pulses onto the cornea, which causes bubbles to form underneath. This results in a flap, which the surgeon can lift and lay back easily and painlessly. The surgeon then reshapes the cornea using an Excimer laser, correcting the eye’s refractive error. The flap is then replaced, and is smoothed back into place by the surgeon and the healing process begins.
Who is suitable for LASIK?
Most people are suitable to undergo LASIK surgery, however it may not be suited to those with flat or thin corneas. Both LASIK and LASEK surgery require patient prescriptions to fall within a certain range in order to qualify for laser eye surgery. We carry out adequate assessments during the consultation process to ensure only those best suited to LASIK will receive this treatment. Many other options are available if LASIK does not seem like the best option for you.
What happens during LASIK eye surgery?
Here is a general outline of the LASIK procedure to give you an understanding of what happens:
- Local anaesthetic eye drops are applied to both eyes.
- The femtosecond laser is used. The microscopic laser pulses are directed on the cornea, creating a thin flap.
- The experienced ophthalmic surgeon gently lifts the flap.
- An Excimer laser is then applied to the eye, reshaping the corneal tissue and thus correcting the refractive error.
- The flap is gently replaced and aligned back into its original position.
- The flap will heal naturally; no stitches are required.
Other laser eye surgery options
LASIK is the most well-known type of laser eye surgery, but it’s not right for everyone. At Optegra, we’re dedicated to helping all of our customers find the right solution for them, so we offer a range of different laser eye treatments, including:
- LASEK eye surgery
- ReLEx SMILE eye surgery
Click the links above to learn more about each type of laser eye surgery. The best way to find out which type of laser eye surgery is best for you is to book a free, no obligation consultation with us. To arrange an appointment, please contact us on 0808 168 8738.
LASIK surgery aftercare
LASIK is a quick procedure which offers rapid results, even compared to other laser eye surgery treatments. Many patients see results from their surgery within 24 hours, with their lives returning to normal relatively quickly. Three follow up checks take place with your consultant after LASIK surgery, one day, one week and three months after treatment.
The value of LASIK or any laser eye surgery is a very personal thing. Differing priorities and lifestyles will all play a part in how worthwhile surgery will be for each individual. Our free consultations take less than a minute to book and will be your first step to ascertaining if LASIK eye surgery is the right treatment for you.
LASIK is considered a permanent treatment, however the natural ageing process can mean some patients will need glasses again later in life due to a condition called presbyopia. However, this usually happens between the ages of 45-55, or later. In general, 10 years after laser eye surgery only about 10 percent of patients require any further enhancement procedure.
LASIK surgery can be performed in as little as 15 minutes, but this is patient dependent. Most patients will be in and out of the theatre within 30 minutes.
LASIK eye surgery costs differ from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors, including: current prescription, desired prescription, age, and eye health, among other variables. You can view our LASIK eye surgery costs on our laser eye surgery costs page. Optegra offer financing options for those who would like to spread the costs of their surgery. This can be discussed and agreed during consultation.
In most cases it is possible to permanently fix astigmatism using LASIK surgery.
In PRK surgery, the top layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium, is removed before the surgeon uses lasers to reshape the cornea. In LASIK, the epithelium is not removed. The surgeon instead uses a blade to make a flap in the epithelium which is then lifted up, like a flap, before lasers are used to reshape the cornea. At the end of the procedure, the flap is replaced and heals over the coming months.
SMILE is seen as a newer generation of laser eye surgery and is less invasive than LASIK. SMILE uses a smaller incision than LASIK surgery, which can make any dry eye symptoms after surgery less likely. The SMILE procedure is also generally quicker than LASIK. During the consultation period your consultant will be able to advise which of these procedures will best suit you personally.
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By Author: Amir Hamid
Mr. Amir Hamid is our Medical Director for Vision Correction and an expert refractive surgeon, based in London.
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