LASIK is the most common procedure for laser eye surgery, with over 31 million* cases performed worldwide in the last 20 years. The result for most is complete independence from glasses and contact lenses.
Am I a suitable candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery?
LASIK is used to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. If you are between the ages of 18 and 49, have general good eye health and the thickness of your cornea is suitable, LASIK could be right for you.
How does LASIK laser eye surgery work?
LASIK surgery involves reshaping the cornea to correct for near sight, long sight and astigmatism, using a computer-guided laser.
The first step is to create a flap, allowing the surgeon access to the deeper layers of the cornea. At Vistaeyes, we use the computer-guided blade-free Wavelight® FS200 laser, which offers the world's fastest flap creation times, with standard flap creation in under 7 seconds. This makes the procedure far more comfortable for our patients.
The second step is to reshape the cornea. We use the Wavelight® EX500 excimer laser with its ultra-thin 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.
The day after your procedure, you will attend a post-operative check-up. The majority of patients can resume normal activities, including driving, on the day after your LASIK laser eye surgery procedure. For others, it may take a few days to a few weeks for your vision to fully 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.
*MarketScope annual report 2007.