Techniques & Acronyms
LASER surgery is the most widely publicised type of vision correction surgery. Photo refractive keratotomy (PRK), LASER intrastromal keratomileusis (LASIK), All LASER LASIK, Blade Free LASIK, and LASER epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), wavefront and standard LASIK & LASEK are all different types of excimer LASER surgery techniques. These terms can be confusing, especially when some companies offer these techniques under their own brand names, such as Intralase, iLASIK and zLASIK.
If you are aged 18-55, have a short sighted glasses prescription of less than -8 dioptres or a long sighted prescription of less than +3 dioptres, which has been stable for a year or more, have otherwise healthy eyes and enjoy good general health, you are a good candidate for LASER eye treatments like LASIK or LASEK. However if you are older than 50 and need or are likely to need reading glasses in the near future, or have a severe focussing error, LASER vision surgery is generally inappropriate and lens based surgery could provide a better solution. Click here to read more about suitability for all procedures.
Our LASER Techniques
The only LASIK treatment we use is All LASER blade free wavefront LASIK. Many budget clinics will offer this as their top priced treatment. The fact is that this is the technique which gives the best visual results and has the best safety record. Many armed forces have approved this procedure for their pilots and other high value personnel. NASA has even approved it for its astronauts. In the rare cases where the patient has a thin cornea or has been exposed to significant trauma we use wavefront LASEK.
Your Comprehensive Assessment
At your consultation with Mr. Pande, he will discuss the risks, benefits, alternative treatment options and potential complications associated with LASER eye treatment in great detail, and recommend the most appropriate option for your specific circumstances. If you are not a good candidate you will be advised not to have any surgery. A letter outlining the consultation will be sent to you and your general practitioner. Click here to read more about our LASER pathway
Safety & Results
The vast majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision, but we advise our patients that for the purpose of deciding whether to have such surgery, they need to be confident that they will achieve the legal standard of vision required to drive a car.
As with all treatments, LASER eye treatment carries with it with a small risk of complications. Generally there is a very minute chance of severe complications, while less severe complications can occur in about 1% to 5% of cases. Your need for reading glasses remains unchanged after LASER treatment. Click here to read more about our safety and results.
No single vision correction surgical technique is suitable for all patients, and it is critical that treatments are tailored to fit the needs of each and every individual patient.
For a more comprehensive guide to LASER eye treatment, please use the links on the right.