Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK)

LASIK eye surgery aims to achieve clearer, sharper vision by physically correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and the vision problems associated with ageing.

Normal vision is only possible when the light entering the eye becomes focused on the retina at the back of the eye. When vision fails, surgery to correct the specific refractive error may help.

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. This surgery helps focus light on the retina by reducing or increasing the curvature of the cornea—the clear dome-shaped tissue covering the front of the eye.

The procedure is a type of refractive surgery that changes the shape of the cornea. This change of shape helps to bend or refract rays of light so they focus on the retina rather than beyond it or in front of it. Focusing the light on the retina can reduce or eliminate the need for contact lenses or eyeglasses.

There are different types of LASIK surgery, using different techniques and technology. Traditional LASIK, Trans PRK and Wavefront laser surgery are some of the options.

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  • Kellie says:

    Hi there,

    I really want to have LASIK for my short-sightedness, but the thought of someone lasering my eyes while I’m still awake freaks me out! Will I feel anything??? Is it possible to have a general anesthesia. I’ve asked friends who’ve had it…but they seem to gloss over the actual surgery a bit for my liking!


    • Sue Quadrelli says:

      Hi Kellie, I have met literally the cast of thousands that have that exact concern over the past 15 years. Most are more concerned by being awake prior to the consultation when they are enquiring. At the consultation our process most definately allays the fear of being awake, we go over everything a number of times. The reason we require the patient to be awake is you are required to focus on a green blinking light throughout your treatment.
      With our Schwind Laser this on average is only for a period of approximately 3-10 Seconds. The Laser scans your pupil 1,000 times per second and if you move your eye too far it then cuts out.
      The best thing for you to do is to book a consultation to understand the process and confirm you are suitable.

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