Laser surgery is another option for treatment of a range of conditions including short-sightedness, blurred vision, long-sightedness and retinal tears. These treatments are minimally invasive with fast recovery times and only require a day surgery admission. There are three common types of laser surgery:
LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis)
In this laser surgery, your surgeon will use two lasers to create a micro thin flap and then gently and precisely reshaping the corneal tissue bed. This treatment has rapid recovery time with little to no post-operative pain.
SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
The SMILE technique is a minimally invasive keyhole surgery that involves making a tiny 3mm incision with a laser to reach the cornea and reshape it.
Surface Treatment (Photorefractive Keratectomy – PRK)
In this treatment, your surgeon applies a topical solution which softens the top layer of cornea cells, enabling them to be removed. This treatment is best for people with thin corneas.
This treatment is sometimes suitable for those with a retinal tear or detachment. It involves a laser burning the area around the retinal tear, creating a scar which then helps to seal the tear or reattach a detached retina.