The term LASIK is derived from the term Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis that, in simple terms, means that the cornea of the eye is operated on with minimal disturbance to both the eye and the patient. One of the major benefits for this type of surgery is that it’s usually pain-free, with great results and rapid recovery.
Intralase Lasik Laser eye surgery takes approximately 20 minutes. It is also worth noting that, in the unlikely event that complications should arise, patients will be given a 24-hour hotline number to ring in order to receive immediate help and advice on the night after their treatment.
The procedure is quick and painless, and is sometimes called ‘The Gold Standard’ in laser surgery because of its superior benefits. One of the most important of these benefits is that the patient recovers rapidly.
This speedy healing process is due to the fact that lasers are used during the whole procedure rather than a more invasive blade, the Microkeratome, which has been used in earlier versions of LASIK surgery. The Intralase technique uses a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, minimising any side effects.
Once the flap has been created with the laser, the surgeon re-shapes the cornea to correct the patient’s prescription (also with the laser).
Optimax was the first company in the UK to offer this advanced treatment. Recovery time for patients is reduced and another major benefit is that this new technology allows a greater range of eye conditions to be treated.
The corneal flap made by the femtosecond laser is created perfectly and is repositioned once the operation has been completed. Specialists have noted that a very high proportion of patients achieve 20/20 vision following the operation, and complications are minimal.
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