LASIK Eye Surgery
Our team of specialist eye surgeons have a wealth of experience in LASIK eye surgery. It is one of the most common types of laser eye surgery and most patients are suitable for this type of treatment. With our easy payment plans LASIK Eye Surgery has never been more affordable.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery involves lasering beneath the front surface of the eye, the cornea. It differs from other forms of laser eye surgery in that it requires two lasers and doesn’t involve the surgeon touching your eye. The first laser creates a small flap in your cornea which is lifted and held back for the duration of the procedure. A second laser is then applied to the exposed part of the eye to correct your prescription.
LASIK Eye Surgery Recovery
Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery include quick recovery and restoration of eyesight, better results if you suffer from severe short-sightedness, and treatment with minimal discomfort. The inner eye is not touched during the procedure, and no stitches are required. Some patients are even back at work the following day!
LASIK eye surgery is performed in sterile conditions. The surgeon applies anaesthetic eye drops and a small eyelid holder is used to keep your eyes open throughout the procedure. Most patients say they feel a slight pressure on their eye during treatment, but some patients report feeling nothing at all. A light suction ring is then applied to the eye to enable a device called a Microkeratome, or more commonly a Femtosecond laser, to create the flap.
The flap is lifted and a second laser is then applied to the underlying tissue in the same manner as LASEK eye surgery. The laser has a tracker which locks onto the iris and follows the eye's movement exactly, automatically pausing the laser if the eye moves. Patients find the process quick and simple, and all you have to do is look straight ahead for one minute.
You should prepare to be in the treatment room for between 10-15 minutes per eye, but the actual laser will be on your eye for no more than a minute. The rest of the time is used to programme the correct laser settings for your individual prescription, and to prepare you for the procedure.
On the day of LASIK treatment, please bring a pair of dark sunglasses to wear for your journey home, as your eyes will feel sensitive to light. We strongly recommend that you bring a friend or relative with you, to accompany you home after treatment.
Whilst it is not expected that you will experience any significant pain following your treatment, you may need to take your usual pain-relief tablets. You will be provided with eye drops to apply during the first few days. Clearer vision should return quickly, usually within 24 hours after treatment.
After treatment, your eye is covered with a plastic shield to prevent accidental rubbing. You need to wear this for the first day and night, and then each night for the next week. This is just in case you accidentally rub your eyes in your sleep, disrupting the healing process.
Possible Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery
Complications are rare but, as with all surgeries, can occur and may require further laser or surgical treatment. If you experience anything more severe than mild discomfort, you must return to the clinic as soon as possible, or call the 24 hour emergency number for your treating surgeon.
Side effects from the flap creation are listed on the consent form, which you will be asked to read and sign prior to undergoing LASIK Eye Surgery. These effects will reduce gradually during the healing process and only rarely persist.
Consultation and Treatment
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we can usually book your appointment at your consultation. A week before the day of the procedure, you will meet with your treating surgeon for them to assess your eyes and ensure that they are happy to proceed. Following treatment, you will not be able to drive for up to two weeks, but when you come back in for your aftercare appointments, our optometrists will be able to confirm whether or not your vision is at driving standard.
Bladeless Laser Treatment
At Optimax, we lead with the latest laser technology. The major benefit is that all suitable prescriptions can be treated with bladeless technology, eliminating potential complications and distortions associated with the creating the flap with a blade. In addition, more patients achieve 20:20 vision or better, and fewer patients lose sharpness of vision.