ASLA, also known as Advanced PRK and LASEK, is different from LASIK because it does not require the creation of a flap.
The results for ASLA are essentially the same as with LASIK, but ASLA requires a longer recovery period.
Am I a suitable candidate for ASLA laser eye surgery?
ASLA is indicated for patients with thin corneas and/or high prescriptions where there is not enough room on the cornea to perform LASIK.
ASLA is used to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. If you are between the ages of 18 and 49, and have general good eye health, ASLA could be right for you.
How does ASLA laser eye surgery work?
ASLA surgery involves gently removing the cell layer that sits on the surface of the cornea like a skin, using a solution on the eye which helps loosen this surface layer.
The second step is to reshape the cornea. We use the Wavelight® EX500 excimer laser with its ultra fine laser pulse and a high-speed eye-tracker, checking the eye's position and ensuring an accurate placement.
Surgery is routinely performed on both eyes on the same day. Depending on your prescription, you may notice an improvement shortly after the procedure.
Five days after your procedure, you will attend a post-operative check-up. The majority of patients can resume normal activities, including driving, within one week after their ASLA laser eye surgery procedure. It may take a few weeks for your vision to completely stabilise.
What risks are involved?
The risks are rare and often only minor if they occur. Laser eye surgery is a very safe procedure, but like all surgical or medical procedures there is always a risk of complication. All known complications will be discussed at your consultation.