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Laser Eye Surgery Suitability Prescription Chart

 

Optimax offers a choice of  laser eye treatment procedures to best suit your needs and personal preferences.  The prescription and treatment table below offers an approximate guide to suitability: 

 

Treatment Prescription Procedure Recovery Results Ave Discharge Period

LASEK

Sphere:
-0.5 to -3

Cylinder:
+/-0.5 to +/-2
Surfaced-based 5 days Some discomfort pain 1-4 wks 2 months

LASEK Wavefront

Sphere:
-0.5 to -3

Cylinder:
+/-0.5 to +/-2
Surfaced-based 3-5 days Some discomfort pain 1-4 wks 2 months

LASIK

Sphere:
-0.5 to -10
+1 to +4

Cylinder:
+/-0.5 to +/-4
Surgical Painfree 1-2 Days

Minimum discomfort
24 hours 3 months

LASIK Wavefront

Sphere:
-0.5 to -10
+1 to +4

Cylinder:
+/-0.5 to +/-4
Surgical Painfree 1-2 Days

Minimum discomfort
1-2 days 3 months

Femtosecond LASIK

Sphere:
-0.5 to -10
+1 to +4

Cylinder:
+/-0.5 to +/-4
Surgical Painfree 1-2 Days

Minimum discomfort
1-2 days 3 months

Implantable Contact Lenses(ICL)

Sphere:
-23 to +12

Cylinder:
+/-2.5 to +/-7
Surgical Painfree 1-2 Days

Minimum discomfort
1-4 wks 3 months

 

LASIK is limited by thin corneas and large pupils
LASEK is available up to -3 dioptres

Suitablilty for laser eye treatment will be determined at your consultation

Lasers treat the need for distance vision only. If you wear glasses for both distance and close vision, the distant vision can be treated but you will still need glasses for close vision.  The continuing need for reading glasses is not due to long or short sight, but the stiffening of the eye muscles that usually occurs after middle age.  As with all normal-sighted people, patients will still need reading glasses from about 45 years of age unless monovision or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is chosen.

 

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK is a combined surgical and laser procedure. A thin flap is cut on the surface of the eye (cornea) and the exposed tissue is lasered before replacing the flap. This procedure was established in 1994 and is suitable for mild to severe short sight, mild long sight and astigmatism.

 

LASEK Laser Eye Surgery

LASEK is a combination of PRK (est 1988) and Epiflap (est 1997). The surface of the eye is lasered (cornea) without the need of surgery to the eye. This procedure is suitable for mild to moderate short sight and astigmatism.

LASIK Wavefront Laser Eye Surgery

Wavefront offers customised analysis and treatment. A unique map is obtained of each eye and together with other tests we tailor the treatment accordingly. Wavefront analysis is performed as part of your consultation.

LASIK IntraLase Laser Eye Surgery

The IntraLase laser is the safest way to create the LASIK flap. Wavefront and IntraLase treatment can be combined which creates the Gold Standard for Laser Eye Surgery: 'All Laser' LASIK or IntraLASIK.

Bilateral Treatment

Most people choose bilateral treatment (both eyes treated together) for reasons of convenience. Some consider it safer to wait until the outcome of the first eye is known before treating the second.
*Bilateral treatment can be performed on Laser Eye Surgery patients only.

Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) Treatments

ICL treatment was established in 1997. It surgically places a lens inside the eye either just behind the iris or between the cornea and the iris. It is suitable for very severe short sight, long sight and astigmatism. With the ICL procedure, we are able to treat patients with prescriptions up to -23d or +12d with +/- 7d of astigmatism. The treatment is also available for patients who are unsuitable for laser treatment due to corneal thickness. People with high glaucoma, recurrent eye infections and other eye diseases may not be suitable.

Lens implants are unsuitable for people aged 50 years and over or anyone developing Cataracts. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) may be a preferable option for those nearer the age of Cataract formation. It involves replacing the eye's natural lens with an artisan lens of the correct power for the elimination of glasses.