LASIK Laser Eye Surgery (Laser In Situ Keratomileusis)
Laser vision correction is an alternative to glasses and contact lenses that can help you see clearly and more naturally.
The concept behind laser vision correction is straight forward — reshape the front of the eye to change its focusing power to match your requirements for clear vision.
Laser eye surgery has now developed to the point where not only can it provide you with the same vision that glasses and contact lenses do, but in many cases, can provide you with an improvement on what glasses and contact lenses provide.
- Is a painless procedure, performed under local anaesthetic eye drops only (no injections required)
- Vision is changed immediately
- Adjustments can be made quite readily, if required
- Recovery is quick, with little pain associated
- Live free from a life of blur and dependence on glasses
The Excimer laser has revolutionised the treatment of short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Millions across the globe have successfully experienced freedom from wearing glasses and contact lenses.
At Perth Laser Vision, you will always find the latest in leading edge technology and surgical techniques. Dr Phillip McGeorge is dual Fellowship trained, with over 25,000 successful laser eye surgeries, and is more experience than any other Perth eye surgeon.
Perth Laser Vision continues to offer the latest technology in Perth with the addition of the Wavelight Femtosecond (FS200) laser. Customised treatment using the Wavelight Femtosecond (FS200) laser means using your cornea’s unique individual shape and modifying it to match to your new focus.
The customised “Contoura” LASIK procedure at Perth Laser Vision is uniquely adjusted to your personal vision needs and performed without the use of mechanical blades — an advantage that offers our patients increased predictability, safety and precise visual outcomes.
How is LASIK performed?
LASIK is a two-step procedure which requires the surgeon to first create an ultra-thin sliver or corneal flap on the surface of the eye, which is then lifted to expose the underlying tissue, allowing the Excimer laser to reshape the eye to correct the refractive error.
The LASIK surface flap is created using the Wavelight FS200 laser. As the Wavelight FS200 laser is directed across the eye, it creates a microscopic layer of bubbles at a specific depth just beneath the corneal surface. The flap is then lifted by separating the tissue where the bubbles have formed.
The exposed underlying tissue is then re-shaped by the Wavelight EX500 Excimer laser with an accuracy of 0.25 micron (1/4000th of a millimeter) to match your individual focus and the flap is re-positioned in place. The flap moulds to the new shape and this changes its surface contour, instantly changing your vision to the new, more normal focus.
With the cornea’s extraordinary natural bonding ability, healing is rapid. The flap acts as its own “band aid” and becomes adherent within a few minutes without stitches. This gives the eye extra protection, reduces potential post-operative discomfort, minimises the risk of infection and accelerates the healing process. Patients can see clearly almost immediately after the operation.
LASIK using the Femtosecond laser method is by far the most advanced technique, giving you fast healing times and rapid visual recovery with only minor discomfort post-operatively. This technology represents the accepted standard of care in LASIK worldwide. With its excellent safety profile and superior visual outcomes, the Femtosecond method is the safest refractive surgical technique with more than 6 million LASIK procedures performed using the Femtosecond Method.
Our experienced LASIK team will complete an in-depth evaluation, taking hundreds of precise measurements, to determine which surgical technique and choice of laser technology will offer you the best result. You can rest assured that your safety and comfort are at the forefront of our recommendations.
STEP I. Creation of corneal flap with a Femtosecond laser.
STEP II. Corneal flap is lifted back out of the way.