Laser Eye Surgery
Eyes On Optometrists has a long association with laser refractive surgery. We were directly involved in the running of a Melbourne based refrective surgery centre, working closely with a prominent ophthalmologist providing pre and post operative care for his patients at our Queen Street store.
Laser Eyes Surgery is another way of correcting short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism (refractive error). While glasses and contact lenses are still the most common option for correcting vision, laser surgery has become an increasingly popular option. The visual outcomes are excellent. Many people don't realize that laser surgery is not a cure, only a correction. It is possible that years later your vision may again deteriorate. It is important to establish that your vision is stable, so that you can enjoy many years of glasses free vision.
How does laser surgery work?
Laser vision correction involves reshaping the surface of the cornea to change the power of the eye. This is achieved using a cool excimer laser. The photons from the laser break the intermolecular bonds in the tissue allowing the precise remove of very fine layers of tissue. The photons are released onto the cornea in a series of pulses. The beam is 'cold' and thus no structures in the eye are heated. The number of pulses depends on the level of and type of prescription that is being corrected and is predetermined before the operation. The most common surgery is called LASIK.
Pre and Post Operative Consultations
Before commencing treatment a series of assessments need to be performed to ensure the best visual outcome.
Before you can consider laser surgery as an option for vision correction you will need a comprehensive eye examination. Measurements will be taken of your prescription, the shape of your eye and your corneal thickness to see if you are suitable for surgery. They also assess your ocular health for any unforeseen problems. 90% of patients achieve complete independence from glasses, while some may be left with a very slight correction requiring glasses on a part-time basis.
After surgery your eyes will require periodic assessments over a twelve month period. At Eyes on we have optometrists that are experienced in the post operative assessment of patients. The eyes are usually checked one day after surgery, and then after one week, one month, 3 months, 6 months and then one year. In a small number of cases, as the cornea heals there may be some regression. This is more common for the stronger corrections and anyone with regression will be required to attend the laser clinic again for further treatment.
For further information follow the link to all about vision: LASIK