Patients presenting with visual impairments can avail of a large number of refractive procedures. However, LASIK eye surgery has emerged as one of the most popular forms of treatment. As one of the most commonly practiced laser surgeries, results of LASIK procedures are overwhelmingly successful, with the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery indicating a 96% success rate.
LASIK is one of the most popular forms of refractive surgery, and is used to correct a range of eye conditions including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. An abbreviation of ‘laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis’, the procedure entails a reshaping of the cornea, allowing light to focus upon the retina for improved vision results.
In the majority of cases, LASIK procedures are very brief, with 10-20 minutes spent treating both eyes. An attractive element of this form of surgery is its relatively painless nature, combined with the fact that results can be enjoyed nearly immediately thanks to a rapid recovery period (this normally spans over a few days).
Your LASIK procedure involves the creation of a corneal flap by making a small incision. Following this, the flap is gently peeled back before the corneal tissue is reshaped using a laser. It is important to bear in mind that this procedure is delivered under local anaesthetic, normally administered via eye drops (a mild sedative may be offered – so it may be worth asking someone to drive you home after the procedure).
- Proven track record: This procedure has been successfully practiced on eyes around the world since 1990, offering improved vision results to over 96% of patients.
- Painless: LASIK laser eye surgery has been highlighted as a comparatively pain free procedure due to the employment of local anaesthetic.
- Speedy recovery: No bandages, no stitches and a small incision make LASIK’s recovery period quick and manageable.
- Increased confidence & new lease of life: Most patients who have received LASIK go on to continue their life without prescription glasses or contact lenses.
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Benefits of LASIK Treatment
As one of the longest-running and most popular forms of laser eye surgery, LASIK offers patients a number of benefits:
- A history of success: LASIK has been successfully practised since 1990, and has been highlighted as offering improved vision results for 96% of patients.
- Pain-free: LASIK is widely recognised as a relatively painless treatment thanks to the use of local anaesthetic.
- Easy recovery: No bandages or stitches make the 24-hour recovery process brief and hassle-free.
- Freedom from glasses: The vast majority of LASIK patients enjoy life without glasses or contact lenses.
“From my initial consultation right through to my aftercare the staff have been exceptional, Professor Moore’s attention to detail has been first class. Nothing has been too much trouble for any of the staff & I would highly recommend Cathedral Eye Clinic to anybody considering having the procedure.”