LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery and is suitable for over 70% of patients. It offers the least discomfort and the fastest recovery time of any laser eye surgery. In fact, most patients can be back at work within 48 hours.
The LASIK procedure
Treating both eyes with LASIK surgery takes around 20 minutes. The eye surgeon uses either a computer-controlled instrument or a laser to create a very thin, circular flap of tissue in the outer cornea. This flap is folded back to expose the bed of the cornea, before the laser removes a precise, pre-set amount of corneal tissue. The flap is replaced, and is almost instantly held in place by the natural processes of the eye. In most cases, the flap will have effectively “healed” within a few hours.
The benefits of LASIK eye surgery
“Healing” times for LASIK surgery are significantly shorter than SAFESIGHT laser procedure (ie. LASEK, PRK). LASIK patients typically return to work and leisure activities within two or three days of their laser eye surgery. The improvement in vision is virtually instantaneous. And it is perfectly safe – indeed, it’s routine to treat both eyes with LASIK on the same day.
The results of LASIK.
99% percent of LASIK patients (from -6.00D to +6.00D) meet the South African standard required for driving without glasses (6/12 vision and better). However, a small number of LASIK patients – particularly those with higher prescriptions– still need glasses or contact lenses for some activities.
Choosing your laser eye surgery clinic
Many SA clinics use other names for what is effectively the same procedure – UltraLASIK, UltraLASIKplus, Accu-wave LASIK, Custom LASIK, Wavefront LASIK, Zyoptix etc. These are all the same LASIK eye treatment, guided by a wavefront aberrometer. But some clinics charge more for them than for conventional LASIK surgery. Not so at the SAFESIGHT EYE LASER CLINIC. If you need LASIK eye surgery guided by a wavefront aberrometer, you will get it – at no extra charge. So it makes sense for us simply to call it LASIK.
Remember that refractive surgery is always elective. This means that you always have the final say concerning whether you want to do any procedure at all and to choose which procedure you prefer.
Call us on 011 3465025 for a consultation, and see if you qualify for Laser Eye Surgery. Safesight Cataract & Eye Laser Centre, Waverley, Johannesburg.