Laser Refractive Surgery Assessments
Sometimes wearing glasses or contact lenses can get in the way of modern life. Advances in laser refractive technology mean that myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age related near focus blur) can all be potentially corrected offering excellent visual results. The optimal proceedure for correcting your vision surgically is often determined by the surgeon whose experience and expertise will guide you to the best possible solution. Generally, the proceedure selected takes into account your corneal shape, corneal thickness, prescription, eye health and age.
The most up to date methods of surgery are available right here in Brisbane and we have the ability to put you in touch with the leaders in their fields - Dean
At this practice, we remain up to date on technological innovations in refractive surgery proceedures and can offer comprehensive advice on visual outcomes. We are able to help you make an informed and independant decision about whether laser surgery is right for you. We are able to simulate what it may be like to see after surgery using specific contact lenses which can replicate the surgical proceedure. If you require reading glasses as well as distance glasses, it is possible to consider correcting both aspects of your vision with 'monovision' correction, where the dominant eye receives distance correction and the non-dominant eye receives near correction. As a practice that has completed refractive laser training provided by the surgeons themselves, we are able to offer pre laser assessments and also provide follow-up care after the proceedure. For those that suffer from dry eye symptoms following the proceedure, we can simply implant dissovable collagen tear duct plugs to increase tear volume and tear retention. These painless and invisible plugs provide dry eye relief for 3-6 months, which is typically long enough for getting through the laser recovery period.
Types of Refractive Surgery
Laser assisted insitu keratomileusis is the most common refractive proceedure performed due to it being able to safely correct high amounts of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, with minimal recovery discomfort, and a fast return to normal vision. Lasik involves using a laser to create a flap on the corneal surface which is carefully lifted while another laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue and finally the flap is gently placed back into position. Recovery time is around 5 days and a temporary dryness of the eyes is commonly experienced.
SMILE used a more complex laser technique that causes minimal disruption to the cornea. It is best suited to moderate myopia and has a minimal amount of recovery time with a high amount of corneal integrity being maintained and causes minimal dry eye symptoms.
Photorefractive keratectomy can correct moderate myopia and mild astigmatism and generally is a lower cost option. PRK involves using a laser to resurface the cornea after the very top layer of corneal tissue is removed and the cornea is allowed to slowly regenerate the natural top surface once more. PRK has a slower recovery time over a few months some discomfort and dryness is experienced.
Implantable collamer lenses are speciality collamer lenses that are placed into the eye in front of the natural lens through a tiny hidden incision. Recovery time is extremely quick and this proceedure can be done with very wide range of high powered lenses.