Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, involves the use of a laser to change the shape of the surface of the eye (the cornea).
By altering the shape of the cornea, laser eye surgery can remove any focusing error just like wearing a pair of glasses or contact lenses. The difference is that laser eye surgery – LASIK & LASEK is a permanent solution, so you can live life to the full again and enjoy clear vision without the hassle and restrictions of wearing glasses or contacts.
Imagine waking up and instantly seeing the details of the world around you, without having to depend on glasses or contacts.
With LASIK refractive surgery, this dream can become a reality for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK isn’t what it used to be – diagnostic techniques have advanced dramatically over the years and the surgical technology is now more precise than ever before.
During the procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea, where light enters the eye. This corrects vision by changing the cornea’s shape so that light is properly focused. The procedure takes only minutes and most people can go to work the next day. As with any surgery, there are risks and limitations, and our team of LASIK specialists can review these with you.
Waking up with clear, sharp vision is priceless. It’s no secret that the cost of glasses, contact lenses and solution can add up over the years, making LASIK a smart investment.
In a LASIK operation a very thin flap is created in the cornea (the clear front part of the eye). This flap is then folded back to reveal the inner cornea, where the laser vision correction takes place. Afterwards, the flap is replaced, which allows the eye to heal faster.
Exeter Eye uses the advanced blade-free ‘Z-LASIK’ which takes vision correction to new levels of precision, safety and speed.
The first step of Z-LASIK surgery is to scan your cornea with our advanced Oculus Pentacam corneal topographer to understand the exact shape of your cornea, and create a customised plan for your treatment. Our Optometrist then performs a precise refraction so that we can accurately correct your vision.
Treatment takes place in the operating theatre at Exeter Nuffield Hospital, where all air is HEPA filtered and you are in a sterile environment.
The Ziemer Z8 then provides ultra-short pulses of light to form a layer of microscopic bubbles at a precise depth within your cornea. This creates a flap that can be lifted back to reveal your inner cornea. No blades or scalpels are involved, only painless laser light and the procedure only takes around 20 seconds.
Your eye surgeon then gently lifts the flap to allow a second laser called an ‘excimer’ to gently re-shape your cornea, custom-correcting your vision to the exact specifications. The advanced Wavefront laser we use is incredibly fast and ultra-precise – working to within a hundredth of a millimetre, and correcting each of your eyes in just a few seconds.
When your treatment is complete, the flap is replaced where it simply locks back into position and rapidly begins to heal.
You will be able to open and close your eyes normally straight away, and it is likely you will see an immediate improvement in your vision.
After the LASIK procedure, you will rest for a bit, and typically you can return home soon after. It’s important to understand that after the surgery, you may feel a temporary burning or itching sensation in your eyes.
You should also expect some blurry vision and haziness immediately after the procedure, however, your vision should improve by the next morning. Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within a few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer.
For most people, vision improves immediately, and you may be able to go to work the next day, but in most cases a few days of rest is necessary. It is usually recommended to stay away from strenuous activities for at least a week. These activities may include heavy lifting, exercise, or tasks in dusty environments, which can traumatize the eye and affect healing.
Generally, you will return to see your eye doctor or surgeon the day after surgery for a follow-up exam. As with any other surgery, always follow your doctor’s instructions, and take any medication prescribed. It also is important to refrain from rubbing your eye, as there is a small chance of dislodging the corneal flap.
In most cases, LASIK is pain-free and can be completed within minutes for both eyes. If you are ready to embrace vision without the need for glasses or contacts, consider LASIK today.
Thanks to the advanced technology behind Z-LASIK, most people are suitable for LASIK eye surgery – including many people who have been turned down in the past.
LASIK can now correct the widest range of vision imperfections, including long-sightedness, mild to severe short-sightedness and astigmatism. With LASIK your vision correction is 100 per+cent tailored to your individual eyes, using measurements 25 times more precise than those for glasses or contacts.
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