What is LASIK?
Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. It combines microsurgery with excimer laser treatment.
The laser removes predetermined microscopic (1000th mm with each pulse of laser energy) amounts of the tissue from the deeper layers of the cornea. In order to treat this part of the cornea, a surgical flap of corneal tissue is lifted to expose these deeper corneal layers.
What is LASEK?
Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis. To apply this treatment the top layer (epithelium) of corneal tissue is folded back to expose the outer layers of the cornea.
This form of treatment is suitable for mild to moderate levels of short & long sight & astigmatism.
What is PRK?
Photo – Refractive Keratectomy. The laser is used to reshape the surface of the cornea. This form of treatment is suitable for mild to moderate levels of short & long sight & astigmatism.
Who is suitable for refractive surgery?
Individuals with healthy eyes, who have a stable prescription & good level of vision when wearing glasses or contact lenses.
The following would exclude you from treatment:
Pregnancy or intending to be pregnant within 6 months of treatment
Collagen vascular, autoimmune disease
Immune – compromised
Herpes Simplex (cold sore virus)
Disease affecting would healing
Residual, recurrent or active disease or abnormalities of the eye
Progressive myopia or hyperopia
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Re-treatment, is rarely necessary, but can be carried out within 3 – 6 months following initial treatment.
96 % of patients achieve legal driving standard vision or greater, without the need to wear corrective glasses or contact lenses.