What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

16 Jun 2015

For anyone considering laser eye surgery, LASIK eye surgery is a term which you will commonly encounter; in fact, wherever you turn, at every stage of your research into laser eye surgery, LASIK will keep on popping up.
So what is LASIK eye surgery exactly and what are the key things to know about it when you are considering undergoing laser eye surgery treatment?

The first thing to know about LASIK!

The first thing to know about LASIK is this: it is the most commonly used laser eye surgery procedure in the world, and actually became the world’s most common elective procedure way back in 2001. This means that for pretty much as long as laser surgery has been around, LASIK has been the leading and preferred laser procedure. (We just wanted to clarify this first off because it’s a pretty important starting point in establishing the predominance of LASIK on a global scale).

But what exactly is LASIK eye surgery?

Now that we have established just how common LASIK laser surgery is around the world, the next question is, what is it exactly?
Well, without stating the obvious, LASIK (the full medical title for which is Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is simply a specific type of laser eye surgery which is used to treat a range of very common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

What happens during the LASIK procedure?

During LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses what is called an “excimer” laser in order to reshape the cornea. So, a thin layer of the cornea is lifted to create a tiny flap on the surface of the cornea, using blade-free Intralase Technology. The laser is then applied to the underlying surface to reshape the cornea, correcting the patient’s prescription. The flap is then simply replaced into exactly the same position as before, and the procedure is complete.

Who can benefit from LASIK laser surgery?

Well because LASIK is by far the most common laser eye surgery procedure, approximately 80% of the adult population is a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. Many will share the following eye traits:

  • Aged 18 or over (the reason being that by this age their prescription will have stabilised, making them suitable candidates)
  • Suffer from one of the three most common vision problems: astigmatism, nearsightedness or far sightedness
  • Simply do not want to or cannot wear contact lenses or glasses!

Other factors will also be considered, when establishing your suitability for LASIK surgery, including your lifestyle, your overall general health and your previous medical history.
That is why here at Optilase Clinic we offer all potential patients a free consultation with one of our Optometrists, to determine whether laser eye surgery is the right solution for your particular vision needs.

How safe is LASIK eye surgery?

Whilst with any elective surgical procedure there is always some element of risk, the fact is that LASIK eye surgery is one of the most common and certainly one of the safest of all elective surgical procedures.
With LASIK surgery technology now incredibly sophisticated, it is now safer than ever before. Both eyes can be treated on the same day in approximately 5 minutes in total, and patients can expect to be in and out within approximately 2 hours. This highlights just how advanced the surgery now is.
Think of it in the context of this fact: the risk of going blind as a result of laser eye surgery is approximately 1 in 5 million. So, while no elective surgery can 100% guarantee, the risks of any serious, long-term implications are minimal.
How much does LASIK cost?
While the costs of LASIK surgery vary from patient to patient, according to unique patient vision conditions and ailments, the standard LASIK treatment with Optilase starts from just €795 per eye.
But of course with Optilase there are no hidden costs so the cost of your surgery always includes as standard, your free initial consultation, your pre-surgery consultation with your Opthalmic surgeon, the surgery itself and of course the Optilase lifetime care guarantee.
Arrange your free consultation today!
Contact us today to book your free consultation - because the sooner you meet with us, the closer you will be to knowing if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Call us today on +353 1 223 8821 or fill out the contact form on this page.

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September 23, 2023

Great experience and great after care. Had 2020 vision within 24 hours with very minimal pain.

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September 7, 2023

Couldn't rate Optilase high enough. I had Lens Replacement Surgery. My experience from the first phone call to the procedure itself and the aftercare was fantastic. All of the staff from the call centre to the staff in Carrickmines and the theatre were so helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend .

September 5, 2023

I had my PRK done on both eyes , and im happy with the result. The post operation pain was extreme but it settled down after 4 days. Now i feel great after 2 weeks post operation no complications what so ever , other than blurry vision now and then, but its improving every day

Rebekah Lowry
August 25, 2023

Got LASIK in Ely Place only yesterday and officially had 20/20 vision just 24 hours later! Cannot recommend Optilase enough from my initial consultation with Aisling in Athlone to my trips to Carrickmines and Ely Place. The staff really look after you from the moment you walk in the door and make you feel so at ease from start to finish - 10 out of 10 experience!

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August 21, 2023

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Lisa Simcox
August 21, 2023

LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.

Declan Wynne
August 21, 2023

I no longer need glasses,absolutely life changing.Great aftercare,lovely staff.

Poliana Oliveira
August 9, 2023

I have been wearing glasses for over 20 years. I always hated wearing contact lenses and I got to a time in my life that I needed a change. A friend recommended optilase, I went for the free consultation and the person that did all the exams was really nice and I felt safe and confident enough to go ahead, I was recommended the PRK. I Put on a piece of paper how much I spent and would still spend on glasses for the next 10 years, and the surgery was for sure cheaper than that. My prescription was very high, both eyes, myopia and astigmatism Optilase provided all the information I needed, in clear manner. And they always made clear that there was nothing wrong with my eyes, it was my own choice to go for the surgery. The day of the surgery I was a bit nervous, who wouldn't? But then, from the reception to the surgeon, they were all so nice and welcoming. Hernandez performed the procedure, lovely surgeon, again all information was provided the way it should. I was instructed in what I should and should not do. The actual procedure took less than 15min, I felt nothing, no discomfort or anything. The whole process is very well done by the team, if I remember well around 3 people supporting the surgery plus one other girl providing pos surgery instructions. Right after the procedure I could already see much better than before without glasses! I couldn't believe it, I cried, thanked everyone and left the clinic knowing that I made the best choice. The recovery for PRK is a bit longer, I stayed for 2 full days no phones, or any screens. In the dark. If you have a little one, I would recommend to have someone minding them, as you are very limited in what you can do for the day of and day after surgery. It is hard to open the eyes, the second day after surgery was the toughest, I thought all went wrong as the vision got worst, but again I was advised it could happen. Note that this was my experience and could be different for other people. The 3rd day I felt nothing and could see much better already. Light sensitivity was very high, and still, 6 days after surgery, but nothing that a sun glasses would not help. My vision still blurred, but I need no glasses to see, my eyes feel dry sometimes, but the eye drops provided helps with it and and am very happy with the results already, even knowing it takes a bit longer to fully recover the vision. I'm back to work (screen at 200% to make sure I dont force my eyes too much) and I have had no headaches or anything, which I would have all the time looking at screens for most of my day. I cannot recommend Optilase enough, they are amazing! If you want to do something for your self and want a place you can trust, go for it, choose Optilase. Thanks to the whole team for one of the best things I did for my self!

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