Laser vision correction can restore spectacle independence to people who have refractive error and currently need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
Instead of relying on glasses or contact lenses, modern lasers can be used to reshape the cornea so that clear focus is returned to the eye, resulting in better vision.
Our laser specialists Dr Robert McDonald and Dr Alex Hamilton have extensive experience in Laser Vision Correction. Both Robert and Alex trained in Sydney and undertook further international training in the U.K. to hone their skills. They, along with our expertly trained support staff at Sydney Eye Surgeons, will guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have.
We aim to make the process simple and easy for you:
Many people who wear glasses or contact lenses are suitable for Laser Vision Correction. Laser vision correction can treat:
Increasingly those in middle and older age are undergoing Laser Vision Correction to return a degree of reading vision which they may have lost.
Laser eye surgery has improved significantly over the last decade and is now an exceptionally successful procedure. There are a number of different laser options available. Every person is different, so treatment must be tailored to the individual. Choosing the correct procedure depends the glasses prescription, the person’s age, their corneal thickness and the person’s lifestyle.
At Sydney Eye Surgeons we perform the most modern, bladeless laser techniques including LASIK, SMILE and PRK.
At Sydney Eye Surgeons we offer the alternatives of Clear Lens Exchange and also ICLs - Implantable Contact Lense for those who aren't suitable for laser and have a high prescription.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery. It has been used extensively across the world and is a very good and safe option for many people. LASIK involves lifting a flap in the cornea, then performing laser to the deeper part of the cornea, before replacing the flap. LASIK is suitable for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. There is minimal pain, recovery is fast and vision improves very quickly.
What is SMILE?
SMILE is the newest technique available for laser eye surgery. It involves removing a thin disc of corneal tissue through a very small incision in the cornea. It is often referred to as “keyhole laser surgery”. SMILE is currently available for myopia and astigmatism and is a very effective technique. Like LASIK, visual recovery after SMILE is usually very quick and there is minimal pain.
What is PRK?
In PRK, the prescription is lasered directly into the front of the cornea. Unlike LASIK, there is no need for a flap. This gives the advantage that PRK can be used in thinner corneas. It also may be more appropriate where people do contact sports or jobs where they may sustain eye injuries.
What is Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)?
In certain people, laser surgery is not appropriate and in these cases, CLE may be a good alternative. CLE involves removing the lens within the eye and replacing it with a lens that corrects the focusing error. People particularly suited to CLE are those with thin corneas and those above 55 years of age.
How much time do I need off work?
Most people only need a few days off work. Depending on the type of laser vision surgery chosen, sometimes people may need a little longer off work especially if they have a particularly dusty job.
What will my vision be like for the first few days after laser vision correction?
Vision stabilises very quickly after laser vision correction. After your procedure, your vision will be slightly blurred for the first few days but you will still be able to see.
Will the laser be painful?
No you won’t feel a thing! We ensure that there is no pain during the procedure by using anaesthetic drops that numb the eye. Depending on the type of procedure chosen there may be some discomfort after the procedure but this will only be temporary.
What happens if I move during the procedure?
Robert and Alex use the most modern lasers. These lasers immediately stop if you move your eye during the procedure so there is no need to worry!
Can I drive afterwards?
Most people find they can drive a few days after the procedure.