LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is currently the most frequently performed elective procedure in the world and at Optical Express. LASIK eye surgery is a highly effective procedure that is suitable for most low, moderate and high prescriptions. LASIK eye surgery uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.

The LASIK Procedure

The entire LASIK eye surgery procedure takes about 10 minutes and unlike other laser correction techniques, LASIK eye surgery patients experience less discomfort after the procedure in comparison to others and both eyes can be treated simultaneously.

LASIK procedure - stage 1

1. Preparation

Anaesthetic drops are applied to the eye.

LASIK procedure - stage 2

2. Flap Creation

A protective flap is created and gently lifted by the surgeon, revealing the inner corneal tissue.

LASIK procedure - stage 3

3. Cornea Reshaping

Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of the cornea. As the laser pulses, it makes a ticking sound. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the laser to correct short sightedness, long sightedness or astigmatism impressions in your eye.

LASIK procedure - stage 4

4. Completion

The surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position. It heals naturally and securely.

Post Procedure

On the same day as the LASIK eye surgery a significant improvement in vision is commonly experienced within a few hours and most patients are able to return to work after 48 hours. Following LASIK eye surgery treatment your eyes may feel light sensitive, gritty and watery. We recommend that you bring sunglasses with you to your LASIK eye surgery, or you can purchase them on the day from our extensive range. Some patients may feel slight irritation for a few hours following LASIK eye surgery, but most are quite comfortable after a rest. Visual settling time is faster with the LASIK eye surgery procedure. Occasionally, some patients are not deemed suitable for LASIK eye surgery and therefore LASEK may be recommended. You will be given light transparent eye shields to take home and wear while sleeping for 5 nights after LASIK eye surgery to provide protection.

Common questions about LASIK laser eye surgery

Q. Will I be suitable for LASIK eye surgery?
A. To ensure the best possible results, we are able to treat most people over 18 years of age who have had a stable prescription for 12 months. Prior to LASIK eye surgery being undertaken, you will attend a laser eye consultation with an Optical Express laser trained optometrist who will determine your suitability for LASIK eye surgery based on your personal prescription, healing profile and expectations.

Q. Can I have both eyes treated at the same time with LASIK eye surgery?
A. With LASIK eye surgery both eyes are normally treated at the same time.

Q. Can I return to work and be able to drive following LASIK eye surgery?
A. Most people are able to drive and return to work within 48 hours after LASIK eye surgery, unless their work environment is very dusty or dirty.

Laser Eye Surgery

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