For some, the thought of having their eyes probed and poked sends shivers down their spine. This fear of the unknown is often the key reason why many people do not undergo laser eye surgery to correct their vision.
At Advanced Vision Care, we understand that, for some people, laser eye surgery can be daunting. However, it is a safe and painless procedure: indeed, it is the most popular elective vision correction procedure chosen by people seeking vision correction the world over.
There are two types of treatments: LASIK and LASEK. Both treatments use lasers: a form of light which is optically amplified. Both procedures can give you the life-changing gift of perfect vision and, as many people who have had laser procedures say, after the surgery, you really do see the world in High Definition (HD).
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. At Advanced Vision Care – a clinic of excellence – we use Wavefront laser technology as the standard for any laser eye surgery. The real difference between AVC and the high street brands is that we offer Intralase as a standard laser surgical procedure.
IntraLase is one of the most advanced laser eye surgery procedures available on the market today. Historically, the corneal flap was created using the XP microkeratome, which is a highly sophisticated miniature blade. Although this method is occasionally used with excellent results at AVC, advances in laser technology now enable this initial process to be completely blade-free and painless.
Instead, the flap is cut with a laser. This makes the corneal flap more precise and predictable and creates thinner, stronger corneal flaps which heal faster compared with the XP microkeratome.
LASEK stands for Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis. It is a form of laser eye treatment used for the minority of patients who are found to be unsuitable for LASIK eye surgery, usually due to corneal thickness.
The epithelium is treated with a special alcohol solution to create a thin flap. The laser (similar to that used in LASIK) treats the underlying stroma and then the surgeon re-positions the top layer. The predecessor to LASEK eye surgery was PRK which is not used any more due to the pain and discomfort associated with it and the poorer visual outcomes.
Both LASIK and LASEK surgical procedures should not take more than one hour and have quick recovery times. You will be allowed to go home the same day of the surgery. Better still, you should attain driving standard vision within one week, if not quicker.
If you are nervous about having laser eye surgery speak to your optician before calling a specialist eye clinic like Advanced Vision Care. Ask your optician about the laser eye surgery options and if there is any discomfort involved and how your quality of life will be improved. Or call us here at AVC where our highly experienced consultants are ready to provide you with impartial and independent advice; and to give you the confidence to take that final step to enjoy freedom from glasses & lenses and explore life as it is meant to be seen.