Researching the different types of Laser Eye Surgery out there can be a daunting exercise and furthermore, it is impossible to decide which one is suitable for you unless you have had a thorough eye examination by a qualified consultant.
Why the consultation process is so important
At Optilase we offer a free consultation where you will undergo a detailed eye examination that will take into account certain criteria that all contribute to whether you are a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.
Eligibility ranges from corneal thickness to prescription changes over the past year, so this free consultation is absolutely vital to the Laser Eye Surgery process.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK is the most common Laser Eye Surgery procedure that has been performed since the mid-90s.
It is suitable for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, but it is unsuited to patients with thinner corneas (PRK being the preferred choice in that instance) or those with a higher prescription.
The LASIK procedure is relatively straightforward and involves a corneal flap being created using a Femtosecond Laser and an Excimer Laser being used to reshape a patient’s cornea.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK was the first Laser Eye Surgery of its kind that has since paved the way for LASIK and other more advanced options.
Rather than creating a corneal flap, the outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) is loosened and moved aside for surgery using an Ethanol solution.
An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea, before the epithelium is repositioned and a temporary lens is put in place to aid the healing process.
Using a 3D scanner to generate a map of each cornea, WaveFront allows for a greater insight into the natural irregularities in your eyes.
WaveFront allows for an exact correction of the corneal surface using an Excimer Laser rather than targeting just one particular area.
This innovative approach to Laser Eye Surgery allows your surgeon to create a corneal flap predetermined by the shape of your eye.
Rapid pulses of laser light are projected onto the surface of the eye forming a layer of tiny bubbles at a specified depth to separate the layers of tissue.
When the corneal flap is lifted, the procedure is carried out using an Excimer Laser and once completed the corneal flap is put back into position and seals itself.
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