Eye laser surgery reshapes the cornea so that the light is focused precisely on the retina again. The correction is made in the stroma, the thickest and firmest part of the cornea.
How does laser eye surgery work?
Laser eye surgery remodels the cornea so that the light is focused precisely on the retina again. The correction is made in the stroma, the thickest and firmest part of the cornea. After the treatment, the cornea keeps its new shape for life. Therefore, the effect of the treatment is permanent.
What are the types of laser eye surgery?
- PRK/LASEK (photo refractive keratectomy/ Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis)
- Femto-LASIK (treatments using a Zeiss femtosecond laser)
- ReLEx smile (Combines the advantages of PRK/LASEK (no incision for a flap) with those of the femto- LASIK (fast recovery of the visual acuity), but without the disadvantages).
What is the procedure for laser eye surgery?
All procedures are fast. With the current equipment available, a treatment only takes 5 to 10 minutes. As the procedure takes so little time, it is not considered unpleasant.
All techniques are simple from the patient’s point of view. This means you’ll have little to do during the treatment. During the eye laser treatment, you will be lying on a treatment table, and your eye will be positioned under the laser’s microscope. During treatment, you will be asked by your surgeon to look at a blinking light, which will be easy to see.
All procedures are painless because your eyes are numbed with eye drops. This means you will feel some sensation, but it will not be painful.
By the end of the recovery period, your vision will be restored to almost normal.