The three most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery are;
- LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) – Two lasers are utilised – the first laser called the Intralase creates the flap and the second laser is used to reshape central part of the cornea. This is suited to a wider range of prescriptions and can correct long-sightedness, short-sightedness and/or astigmatism.
- PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) – The laser is used directly on the outer most layer of the cornea to reshape it and is suited for long-sightedness, short-sightedness and/or astigmatism
- SMILE (Small incision lenticule extraction) – Suited for moderate to high amounts of short-sightedness but is not suited to correcting long-sightedness. The laser is used to create a small disc within the cornea that is then removed through a small incision.
Each type having their own advantages and disadvantages, risks limitations and side effects. Regardless of which procedure you are best suited for it is of utmost importance to choose an experienced surgeon who will tailor the procedure and utilises the latest technology to achieve optimal results for you.