LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis)

Range: +4D to -9 D with up to 4D astigmatism.

It is the most commonly performed laser eyesight correction operation using a combination of state-of-the-art lasers in a quick and painless procedure.  LASIK was first performed in the early nineties and has become the commonest type of laser eye surgery performed worldwide. 

More than 100,000 LASIK procedures are performed per year in the UK, and many millions of treatments have been performed worldwide since the introduction of LASIK in the 1990s.

In modern LASIK surgery we use two lasers:  a femtosecond laser (Intralase) is used to create a hinged flap of surface corneal tissue about 1/10 of a millimetre thick. The flap is then lifted and folded back and the corneal surface beneath is then reshaped using a computer-controlled wavefront excimer laser (second laser). At the end of the procedure the corneal flap is folded back into place. In essence, the cornea is reshaped without surface damage.

Continued efforts at increasing safety in LASIK have led to the development of the Intralase femtosecond laser.

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)

Concentrating laser energy within a very short pulse duration (a femtosecond is 1/100,000th of a second) femtosecond laser allows the creation of a microscopic gas bubble in the target tissues. A rapid burst of closely spaced femtosecond laser pulses is scanned through the cornea by the Intralase laser, separating the target tissues by joining a 3D pattern of microscopic gas bubbles together to create a LASIK flap quickly, painlessly and accurately.

Nowadays femtolaser flaps are the surgeons’ and patients’ preferred choice because of their precision, reproducibility and elimination of blade-related complications. Flap complications can still occur in Intralase LASIK, but they can usually be treated without affecting the visual result. The greatest advantage of LASIK is its quick  visual recovery and minimal discomfort after surgery together with excellent visual results.

Just recently had my 3 month post-op visit with Mr Maurino, the results are excellent (and were this way just 24 hours after my LASIK procedure). The procedure itself was painless & took under 10 minutes. The next morning, I woke up able to see; at my first visit I already had 20/20 vision. Within 48 hours I was back at work on a night shift. Three months on, I’m extremely pleased and after over 15 year of spectacle wear, I still cannot believe that such a relatively straightforward and pain free procedure has eliminated the need for my glasses.
 LASIK patient 2013: DG Orthopaedic Surgeon Trainee.