Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis can be used to treat near sightedness (myopia), far sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The treatment corrects poor vision by reshaping the cornea, allowing light to focus correctly on the retina.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis treatment corrects poor vision by reshaping the cornea, allowing light to focus correctly on the retina.
LASIK laser eye surgery takes around 15 minutes and is pain free for most patients. Typically results are apparent in just one day.
Before the surgery begins, the eyes are numbed using specialist eye drops and medication may be administered to assist with relaxation.
At the start of the treatment, your eye will be placed underneath the laser, with a lid speculum used to keep eyelids open. The surgeon will mark the cornea using ink before creating a flap in the cornea. A suction ring is used throughout the procedure to stop the eye from moving. This is important as any movement could cause the laser to be less effective.
Once the corneal flap has been created, the surgeon then uses a computer to adjust the excimer laser to suit your particular prescription. A target light must be focused on while the eye is examined through a microscope and pulses of light sent to the cornea to reshape it.
While you may feel a slight pressure on your eye and hear a frequent clicking noise from the laser as it carries out its work, you shouldn’t feel any pain. The procedure is performed separately on each eye, with each one taking approximately five minutes.
Laser eye surgery offers a number of benefits and can dramatically improve quality of life.
Most patients achieve 20/20 vision after the surgery although some will achieve 20/40 vision or less.
Some patients do find they still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following the LASIK procedure, but these prescriptions are often much lower than before.
A small percentage of patients will need a follow up LASIK procedure a few months after the original treatment has been carried out. Patients in their 40s may also need reading glasses but this is normal and can be attributed to normal loss of near vision (presbyopia) as the body ages.
Prices start from £1,495 per eye.