LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK is a refractive procedure that changes the power of the eye under the protection of a flap. At CSES a femtosecond laser instead of a blade is used to create the flap.
A mild oral sedative is offered pre-operatively and local anaesthesia in the form of eye drops are used to numb the eye.
The Visumax femtosecond laser creates the flap in 15 seconds, the flap is lifted back. The underlying tissue is sculpted with the SCHWIND AMARIS excimer laser, changes in pupil size are detected and the laser is adjusted as necessary. In conjunction with the 6D eye tracker, this automatic function ensures correct centring throughout the procedure.
The flap is then repositioned, the eye lid guard is removed. The other eye is treated immediately following the first eye.
The majority of patients begin to see clearly 2 hours after the procedure with good vision being achieved the following day. The advantages of LASIK include a relatively painless recovery, with most patients describing a gritty feeling overnight.
Not all people are suitable for Laser refractive surgery, therefore detailed investigative tests are required to determine suitability.
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