Laser Eye Surgery
Introduction of Laser Eye Surgery
Tired of wearing glasses? Laser eye surgery could be the answer to your problems. There are two forms of laser eye surgery, known as LASIK and LASEK, both of which permanently reshape the cornea. The cornea is the transparent portion at the front of the eye.
At The Stoneygate Eye Hospital, we offer both correction options using state of the art femtosecond laser technology to ensure the best possible vision outcome. Where the two procedures differ is that LASIK involves creating and replacing a corneal flap, where as LASEK, the top layer of the cornea is loosened, moved and then reattached.
Video: Mr. Savant explains Laser Eye Surgery
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most popular and well-known type of laser eye Surgery and can be used to treat myopia (short sight), hyperopia (long sight), astigmatism, and wave front abnormalities.
Choose laser eye surgery Leicester at The Stoneygate Eye Hospital, for LASIK surgery using the latest computer technology in a fast, efficient and completely blade-free procedure that can improve and sharpen vision. The treatment is usually carried out in as little as 15 minutes, but this is dependent on individual cases. Most patients can expect to see noticeable results within 24 hours.
What is LASEK eye surgery?
LASEK (laser assisted epithelial keratomileusis) is a type of laser eye surgery, often used as an alternative treatment for those who are not suitable for LASIK eye surgery.
This treatment involves the fine surface layer of the cornea being loosened and folded back, instead of a flap being created and removed, as is the case with LASIK treatment. An Excimer laser is then used to reshape the surface of the cornea, thus correcting the eye’s refractive error.
LASIK is the preferred laser eye treatment by most, as visual recovery with LASEK can be slower, and bandage lenses need to be worn for up to a week. The eye can also be uncomfortable for a few days after treatment. However, not everyone is suitable for LASIK, for instance if your corneas are too thin or flat for LASIK treatment, and, therefore, LASEK eye surgery may be able to offer a great alternative.
Benefits and Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery
Research indicates that approximately 96% of patients achieve their desired vision following LASIK treatment:
If necessary, further adjustments can be made years down the line to correct vision
Benefits and Risks of LASEK Eye Surgery
In LASEK eye surgery, various techniques are used to retain the very thin corneal surface layer of cells (epithelium) that is used to recover the cornea after the laser sculpting is performed.
With LASIK, a thicker flap is created using a laser or mechanical device (microkeratome) under which the laser sculpting is done. LASEK surgery is said to have several advantages, including:
The LASIK eye procedure?
The surgeon uses the femtosecond laser to send microscopic laser pulses onto the cornea and forms bubbles underneath.
This allows the outer layer of the cornea to be gently lifted back, forming a painless flap and exposing the deeper cornea tissue.
The surgeon is then able to reshape the cornea using an Excimer laser to correct the eye’s refractive error.
Once complete, the flap is then replaced and smoothed back over to allow the healing process to begin.
The LASEK procedure?
An excimer laser is used to make surface ablations (removal of tissue) on the cornea instead of creating a corneal flap.
With LASEK, the outer layer of the cornea is loosened by using an ethanol, or diluted alcohol solution.
The tissue is then brushed away, and the laser is used to reshape the stroma underneath — similarly to LASIK. The same laser and technology are used in both procedures.
While the epithelial, or top layer, of the cornea is mostly removed, it is then replaced and repositioned after the ablation of the cornea during LASEK.
Laser Eye Surgery FAQs
What are the Costs of Surgery?
Initial no obligation consultation, including full diagnostics from £200
Cataract Surgery Leicester is:
£3,300 – £3,700 – For both eyes, with LASIK or LASEK
2 Free post-operative check-up appointments
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