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Find out about the different kinds of laser eye surgery and what to expect from the procedures
Other eye surgeries using lasers include YAG laser capsulotomy, which is used to correct posterior capsule opacification after cataract removal, and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), which is used to treat glaucoma.
We can arrange a private clinical appointment for you to visit a leading Consultant ophthalmologist at BMI Healthcare who specialises in laser eye surgery. They can assess your condition and advise you about the procedure that would be most appropriate for you.
The LASIK procedure involves using a femtosecond laser to create a protective flap on the cornea, before using an excimer laser to reshape the tissue.
The LASEK procedure takes the upper layer of the cornea off to allow the work to be done on the surface, using a excimer laser. The eye is then protected with a special contact lens as it heals.
LASEK will take a few days longer to recover from than LASIK, but it is better for those with thin corneas which make the alterations more difficult.
YAG laser capsulotomy is used to treat posterior capsule opacity. The ophthalmologist uses a laser to make a small hole in the membrane that has developed behind the artificial lens.
During SLT, a laser is used to concentrate light on the melanin in the eye. This stimulates the white blood cells clear up the melanin and this clears any blockages in the drainage system itself.
It essentially stimulates the eye to drain better and reduce the pressure level.