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.
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What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery involves lasering beneath the front surface of the eye, the cornea. Firstly, a very thin superficial layer or flap (the thickness of a human hair) is created and carefully lifted. The exposed tissue is lasered and the corneal flap repositioned, remaining in place by natural suction. The flap remains joined to the cornea like a hinge, enabling it to be replaced in exactly the same position, minimising the healing process.
Step 1. Creating the flap
Step 2. Folding the flap back
Step 3. Applying the laser
Step 4. Flap return
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 that is usually completely pain-free. The inner eye is not touched during the procedure, and no stitches are required.
LASIK eye surgery is performed in sterile conditions. The surgeon applies anaesthetic eye drops to eliminate any pain and a small 'clip' is used to keep the eyelid open. 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 laser is applied to the underlying tissue in the same manner as LASEK eye surgery. A special eye tracker 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. After treatment the eye is covered with a plastic shield to prevent accidental rubbing. The whole treatment takes approximately 20 minutes.
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/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.
Bilateral Treatment (Both Eyes)
Treatment to both eyes on the same day is still controversial. Many LASIK surgeons consider it safer to wait until the outcome of the first eye is known before treating the second. However, most people choose bilateral treatment for reasons of convenience. You should discuss this with the surgeon during your consultation. There is no additional charge for having your second eye treated on a different day. Bilateral LASIK eye surgery is offered for prescriptions up to -10.00 dioptres.
Possible Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery
Complications are rare but can occur and may require further laser or surgical treatment. If anything more severe than mild discomfort is experienced, you must return to the clinic as soon as possible or call the 24 hour emergency number to your treating surgeon.
Side effects from the flap creation are listed on the Consent Form, which you will be asked to complete 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, this can sometimes be arranged on the same day and within a few hours of the consultation. You will not be able to drive for 7 - 14 days after treatment.
IntraLase® Laser Treatment
The new state of the art "All-Laser" IntraLase® Femtosecond Laser is the gold standard for laser eye surgery, giving Optimax patients the opportunity to receive the best treatment available.
Optimax leads with IntraLase® laser technology; with [^intralaseLasers] lasers we were the first company to offer this treatment technology nationwide. 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. Safety is improved which gives increased confidence to both the doctor and patient, reducing any stress or anxiety.
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