LASIK / PRK
LASIK was the most commonly used method for treating refractive eye problems prior to the advent of SMILE.
Instead, a laser is used to create a flap in the cornea. Once the corneal flap is lifted, a laser provides customised refractive treatment to the underlying bed of the cornea. The excimer laser beam safely and accurately reshapes the cornea to patient-specific requirements.
The highly developed optics of the laser makes the finest corrections possible, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. Intelligent technology tracks even the slightest eye movements during treatment and guides the laser beam to continue to work in precisely the right position.
Like LASIK, PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy) uses a laser to reshape the cornea. PRK differs to LASIK in that the laser is applied to the surface layers of the cornea rather than the underlying bed of the cornea.
The epithelium, a layer of cells covering the cornea, is gently removed and the laser is applied to the exposed tissue. A bandage contact lens is placed on the eye to help with comfort and the healing process for 3 to 4 days.
The effects of PRK are not instantaneous and thid due to the ongoing healing process of the cornea. Improvement to eyesight is typically slower with PRK, however, PRK may be recommended instead of SMILE, or LASIK for people whose cornea is thinner.
A no cost, no obligation laser vision correction assessment is offered here at our clinic. This is to establish patient suitability, prior to seeing the doctor. If you are a candidate for SMILE, LASIK or PRK a consultation will be arranged with the surgeon and the best line of treatment planned to suit your eyes. To book your free LASIK assessment appointment, go to our 'Free Laser Assesment' Page.