The Different Lasers Used for Vision Correction Surgery

10 Jul 2015

Over the last 25 years, laser eye surgery has become more than a single-technology-for-all situation. In fact, there are now multiple laser procedures available to correct your vision. Each has their own benefits, and each is designed to help with a specific vision problem. Even if you do not qualify for the popular LASIK, you may qualify for one of the many other types of laser vision correction surgery procedures.

The Types of Lasers Used for Eye Surgery

While there are dozens of lasers out there, some of the most advanced kind used in eye surgery centres such as Optilase include:

1. LASIK - This type of surgery is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Also known as laser in-situ keratomileusis, it reshapes the corneal tissue so that it can focus properly.

2. PRK - Also known as photorefractive keratectomy, this procedure corrects mild to moderate cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. A laser reshapes the cornea and unlike LASIK, it does not affect the flat part of the cornea; instead, it just works on the surface.

3. WaveFront - Wavefront guided or assisted laser surgery can be used during LASIK or PRK procedures. It uses ultra-modern analysis to measure how light travels through the eye. Lasers with built-in wavefront technology can detect and automatically adjust for maximum precision.

4. IntraLase - This is a more advanced method that creates a flap in the eye during LASIK and uses blade-free technology to help ensure faster recovery time.

Finding the Right Laser Requires a Detailed Consultation

Depending on your age, health and a few other factors, a surgeon will decide which type of eye surgery you are best suited for. In individuals with minimal corneal tissues, they may be able to use LASIK alternatives so that they still can correct their vision.

Optilase offers free consultations. We will assess your candidacy for laser eye surgery and can help identify which laser technology will help improve or permanently correct your vision. Fill out an online enquiry form today to schedule your initial consultation or to ask us about your questions and concerns.

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