LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a form of outpatient corneal surgery in which a surgeon uses a specialised and precise flap-making instrument, called a microkeratome, to create a thin flap of corneal tissue.
The amount of tissue to be removed is calculated based on the pre-operative determination of the power of your eye; these measurements are usually in agreement with recent prescriptions for your glasses and/or contact lenses. The corneal flap is replaced and within minutes natural forces hold the flap down on the cornea.
LASIK Success Rate
Studies have consistently shown that over 93-95 percent of LASIK patients meet the legally required standard for driving without glasses. For some patients - particularly those with higher prescriptions - glasses or contact lenses may occasionally be required for some activities, but their prescription will still be dramatically improved.
Vision Improvement, Minimal Healing Time, Maximum Convenience
With LASIK, the healing process is significantly reduced, in comparison to PRK or LASEK and patients can typically return to routine work and leisure activities within a couple of days of treatment. In addition, vision improvement is virtually instantaneous (the so-called "wow effect") and both eyes can usually be treated on the same day.
Prior to treatment, every patient will have an extensive investigation of the eyes at the initial consultation, which included drops that will anaesthetise and dilate pupils for a short term.
The day of your procedure
It is natural to feel nervous, anxious or excited prior to your procedure. Again, this is a completely natural, normal response.
Do not to wear perfume or cologne on your surgery date. Also, please do not use any hair products that contain alcohol such as hair spray or mousse.
Wear comfortable clothing on your surgery day. Avoid clothing that may generate lint in the surgical suite (e.g. wool).
Also remember, to pre-arrange alternate transportation for after your surgery, because your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. This usually dissipates within 24 hours after surgery. The duration of your visit will be approximately 2 hours, the surgery takes about 25 min. for both eyes.
We also recommend avoiding alcohol 24 hours prior to and 48 hours after your surgery, as this tends to dehydrate the tissues. Wear comfortable clothing on your surgery day, and avoid clothing such as wool that may generate lint in the surgical suite.
In consideration of others, and to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible, please do not bring young children/infants with you to the clinic.
Just prior to your procedure you will undergo information consent and pay the treatment fee.
Local anesthetic drops are applied to the eye and your eyelids are held open with a speculum.
Advantages of LASIK:
- more confortable postop period than after PRK or LASEK;
- short duration of epiphora, light sensitiveness, mild pain (3-4-5 h.);
- appropriate for people who have more corneal tissue
- 20/20 vision or better is typically achieved
- corneal haze very rare
- immediate clear vision (next day), follow-up enhancements are easier if needed.
- possible to safly remove more diopters than in LASIK/PRK cases
Disadvatages of LASIK:
- possible complications during the surgery (very rare) - incorrect, incomplete corneal flap
- those with thinner corneas may suffer less than ideal results
- flap may dislodge with trauma
- increases higher order aberrations
Cost for LASIK treatment
For most patients, the cost of the LASIK procedure is up to 4400 Lt (we have very flexible discount system), inclusive of all post-treatment care. We will advise you on your suitability, answer all of your questions regarding potential outcomes, and discuss other laser and non-laser treatments, which may be appropriate for you.
Of course, the very best way to discuss your specific questions and find out if you are a good candidate for a procedure is with an Initial Screening with our surgeons. For brochures, travel advice or to schedule a consultation, call 00370 5 2120290 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org