If you’ve looked into Laser eye treatment you may have heard, or seen, the word ‘LASIK’. To get technical for a second, it stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, which is a technique which uses the IntraLase laser to create a partial thickness flap of the cornea and then an excimer laser to reshape the surface beneath the flap.
While it’s not highly important to remember what LASIK stands for, you should know it’s the most common form of laser eye treatment and can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
It’s amazing to think you’ll see the results of your treatment within a couple of hours. By the next morning you’ll notice a drastic improvement and after a couple of days, you’ll be back to your normal routine, just minus the glasses.
How does LASIK work?
LASIK works by using the computer-controlled excimer laser to remove tissue from underneath a flap in the cornea in an extremely precise fashion. The change in curvature of the cornea changes the focus of the eye and removes the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
A thin partial-thickness flap is created in the top of the cornea using a sophisticated laser called the IntraLase. This leaves the flap hinges so it can be easily replaced.
With the flap turned back, the excimer laser is used to remove corneal tissue to produce the required change in shape. The flap is then replaced and adheres to the underlying cornea within minutes without requiring any stitches.
Advantages of LASIK
- Excellent vision without glasses or contact lenses
- No scarring
- Rapid visual recovery
- Little discomfort
- Both eyes can be treated at the same time
- Adjustable – simple enhancement
At the Lions Laser Vision Centre we have recently invested more than $1 million to purchase the first ever SCHWIND AMARIS 1050RS excimer laser to be brought to Western Australia. You can imagine, before we spent this kind of money on such an important piece of equipment we did plenty of research and we believe this is the best laser in the world today for LASIK.