What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, involves the use of a laser to change the shape of the surface of the eye (called the cornea). By altering the shape of the cornea, laser eye surgery can remove any focusing error, just like wearing a pair of glasses or contact lenses does.
The difference is that laser eye surgery is a permanent solution, so you can live life to the full again, and enjoy clear vision without the hassle and restrictions of wearing glasses or contacts.
What are the different types of laser eye surgery?
There are two main types of laser eye surgery:
- Custom Surface (also called PRK)
A single laser is applied directly to the surface of the cornea to correct your vision. This is the classic form of laser eye surgery, which is less common nowadays, but still useful for a small number of patients who may be unsuitable for LASIK because they have very thin corneas. Learn more about Custom Surface PRK here.
In a LASIK operation, a flap in the cornea is created, and the laser vision correction takes place deep within the cornea, rather than on the surface. LASIK is a more advanced form of laser eye surgery that can treat a broader range of vision imperfections, and offers many other benefits as well. Find out more about the benefits of LASIK here.
Eye Institute is the only LASIK clinic in NZ to offer you iLASIK – the most advanced form of LASIK available anywhere in the world. Find out now why you should insist on iLASIK for your laser eye surgery.
I keep hearing about blade-free LASIK. What’s that?
In the early days of LASIK, the corneal flap was created using a blade called a microkeratome. Nowadays most clinics, including Eye Institute, use another laser – called a femtosecond laser – to create the corneal flap. The use of a second laser instead of a blade gives patients much clearer vision, particularly at night, and reduces complications, making laser eye surgery safer than ever.
At Eye Institute you’ll benefit from the safety and precision of the most advanced femtosecond, or ‘flap creation’ laser in the world – the IntraLase iFS 5th Generation laser . Find out more about our unrivalled technology now.
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Laser Assessment Terms and Conditions:
Patients are eligible for the initial free laser assessment on condition that they have no history of previous eye surgery (including previous laser surgery).
The initial free laser assessment is only available to patients whom are seeking laser vision correction and is not applicable to any other treatment type.