What is Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)?
Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a highly successful form of refractive surgery that combines microsurgery and excimer laser treatment whereby the laser is used to microscopically reshape the cornea (the front of the eye). LASIK is suitable for people with short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism and is a brief pain-free out-patient procedure and in most cases both eyes can be treated on the same day. It involves creating a thin hinged flap on the cornea with a surgical instrument called a microkeratome or alternatively with a Femtosecond laser. The flap is then carefully folded back and the laser removes a pre-calculated microscopic amount of tissue from the deeper layers of the cornea. Once treatment is complete, the flap is then gently placed back into its original position and heals naturally without requiring stitches. The actual procedure only takes a few minutes for each eye and vision recovery is often very rapid.
What is LASEK/Epi-LASEK?
LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is a surface eye treatment. LASEK is suitable for patients with mild to moderate levels of short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism and can often be offered as an alternative to patients who are not suitable for LASIK.
Personalised Treatment CustomVue™
Just like a fingerprint, each person’s vision is 100% unique to their eyes. Unlike standard LASIK, which can only correct simple imperfections in your vision such as short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism, CustomVue™ can measure and correct the unique and more complex imperfections of each individuals’ vision with the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses - your personal best vision.
Over the last decade refractive laser technology has rapidly evolved. To ensure our patients are offered the most advanced and accurate laser eye surgery we continually invest in upgrading our technology. We are therefore proud to have been one of the first providers in the UK to treat patients on a revolutionary new VISX excimer laser system which brings with it new features - an Active Trak system and Variable Spot Scanning - which means our operating procedures are even safer and more accurate than ever before.
Femtosecond Laser - For a Blade-Free LASIK experience
No matter how ready you are for a life without lenses, the decision to have LASIK is an important one. You want to know for certain that you’re getting the safest, most trusted treatment available.
What is the Femtosecond Method?
The Femtosecond Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that the surgeon folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure.
Traditionally, surgeons have used an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of corneal flaps. The microkeratome is a hand-held blade that moves across the eye, creating the corneal flap as it goes. While LASIK is extremely safe, if complications do occur the microkeratome is most often the cause. The Femtosecond Method, by contrast, enables your surgeon to create your corneal flap without a blade ever touching your eye.
Is it right for me?
If you are looking for blade-free treatment, which also allows the surgeon to tailor, make a corneal flap based on what is best for your eyes, then the answer is yes.
Are you suitable?
To find out if you are suitable for treatment you will need to see one of our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons who will thoroughly examine your eyes and will take the time to explain the procedure and the risks and benefits. Your surgeon will explain what you should expect before, during and after treatment and will answer any questions you may have. Not everyone is suitable, and if this is the case your surgeon will provide reliable, expert advice and may suggest alternative treatment.