LASIK eye surgery
LASIK eye surgery is the most popular and well-known type 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.
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
LASIK eye surgery is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye surgery. using the most advanced equipment to ensure safe and accurate LASIK treatment, with a faster recovery period and better results.
LASIK eye surgery procedure
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. I then reshape the cornea using an Excimer laser, correcting the eye’s refractive error. The flap is then replaced, and is smoothed back and the healing process begins.
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. I’m dedicated to help you find the right solution, so offer a range of different laser eye treatments, including:
- LASEK eye surgery
- SMILE eye surgery (only available at Optegra Eye Hospital London)
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 book a consultation. To arrange an appointment, please contact us on 0208 3808 7758.