Laser Eye Surgery
What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery, also known as laser vision correction, eliminates the need for wearing glasses or contact lenses.
Using advanced laser technology, laser eye surgery is a simple corrective procedure used to treat short/near-sightedness (myopia), long/far-sightedness (hyperopia), reading vision (presbyopia) and astigmatism.
There are two common types of laser eye surgery, both of which involve reshaping the cornea:
LASIK (flap based treatments)
Trans-PRK/LASEK (surface based treatments)
What is the difference between LASIK and Trans-PRK/LASEK?
LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery worldwide. A thin flap is created on the cornea after a suction ring is applied to the eye to secure it. The laser is then applied to reshape the cornea to correct your vision. The flap is gently re-positioned at the end of the procedure.
Trans-PRK and LASEK both involve laser treatments applied directly to the surface of the cornea (no flap is created). In Trans-PRK, the laser is applied directly to the surface of the cornea to reshape it. Trans-PRK is best described as a no-touch technique for laser vision correction – no cutting, no touching, no flaps. Mr. Ayoub prefers trans-PRK over LASEK for all his patients.
How does laser eye surgery work?
When a person has perfect vision, light rays travel through their eyes and sit on the retina. If there are bumps, making the cornea uneven, the light bends.
These imperfections cause vision problems such as short/near-sightedness (myopia), long/far-sightedness (hyperopia), reading vision (presbyopia) and astigmatism.
Laser eye surgery uses a laser beam to correct these imperfections. This makes the cornea smooth so the light sits on the retina, rather than bending, which improves your vision. Your vision will become sharper and clearer.
What are the benefits of laser eye surgery?
The benefits of laser eye surgery are:
- Freedom from glasses and contact lenses
- Ability to play sports more easily
- No more expensive prescription
- Free from the risk of contact lenses
- Fast results
- Long-term solution
- Pain-free procedure
Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?
We will discuss your suitability for laser eye surgery with you during your consultation. At your first visit, you will have a complete assessment of your eyes including eye scans and eye health check.
Depending on the results of these, Mr. Ayoub will advise you on whether you are suitable for laser eye surgery (LASIK or Trans-PRK) or a different procedure such as ICL surgery or RLE surgery.