Discover a life unlimited by glasses or contacts with LASIK

27 Sep 2013

Glasses and contact lenses may seem like a non-issue for those who have never had to rely on them to live life from day-to-day.


But for anyone with a refractive error who cannot see unaided by prescription lenses, glasses and contact lenses do restrict what you can and cannot do on a daily basis.


LASIK (Laser-in-situ-Keratomileusis) at Optilase Northern Ireland is an increasingly popular choice for those with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism, as it offers those blighted by poor vision a permanent solution to prescription lenses.


Using highly sophisticated laser technology, LASIK reshapes the cornea at the front of the eye to allow future incoming light to focus directly onto the retina, allowing for clear vision at any distance.

Taking the first step towards LASIK

The first step to any Laser Eye Surgery procedure is to schedule a free, no obligation consultation at any Optilase clinic across Northern Ireland (Belfast, Newry, or Derry/Londonderry).


During this consultation process you will be required to complete an in-depth patient questionnaire and undergo an eye test in which measurements of each eye and their individual refractive error are recorded.


The results of the preliminary consultation will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for LASIK or any other Laser Eye Surgery procedure.

If I’m a suitable candidate for LASIK, what can I expect during the procedure?

One of the most common worries prospective patients have is regards to whether they will experience pain whilst undergoing Laser Eye Surgery.


At Optilase, prior to LASIK (or any other refractive surgery), numbing Ethanol drops are placed in both eyes so that the entire area is completely numb throughout and after the procedure.


LASIK is a three-step procedure involving two separate lasers being used: a Femtosecond Laser and an Excimer Laser.

  1. A thin incision is made on the surface of the eye using the Femtosecond Laser to create what is known as a corneal flap.
  2. This corneal flap is then folded back out of the way to allow the Excimer Laser to apply the vision correction part of the LASIK procedure.
  3. The corneal flap is repositioned back in its original position like a natural band-aid and begins the healing process.

To find out if you are a suitable LASIK candidate, book your free consultation on 08000 121 565 or visit

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