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LASER EYE SURGERY: Lasik, ASLA, ICL or Lens exchange?

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LASER EYE SURGERY: Lasik, ASLA, ICL or Lens exchange?

Laser Eye Surgery is synonymous with throw away your glasses and contact lenses but...

Throwing away glasses and contact lenses can sometimes be achieved with other eye procedures, which most people have not heard about.  In this post and in future posts we will go through a number of procedures; some that use the Laser, and some that don't. Ultimately these Eye procedures are designed to minimise the use of glasses and contact lenses.

The first Laser Eye Surgery Procedure was performed in Australia in 1991.  Our principal  optometrist Dr Jim Kokkinakis started consulting at the largest laser Eye Surgery Centre in Australia between 1996 to 2002.  During this time he saw thousands of patients seeking independence from glasses or contact lenses.  These days, a day does not go by, that he is not explaining, referring or seeing patients that have had these procedures done.

What most people do not realise is that Laser Eye Surgery is not the only way to eliminate glasses and contact lenses.  There are a number of slightly more invasive procedures that can also achieve a great visual result. 

Which is the best procedure though?

This will depend on a number of variables, but before we go into those let us discuss what are the possible procedures that can be performed on the eyes to eliminate dependence on glasses and contact lenses.  They are:

1. LASIK - this is an acronym for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK is by far the most popular Laser Eye Surgery and Vision Correction Surgery done at this point in time.


                          LASIK procedure Video

2. ASLA: This is an acronym for Advanced Surface Laser. This procedure is reserved for eyes that have thin corneas, that LASIK surgery is not safe for.  Its main disadvantage is that the healing time is weeks instead of days. 

When comparing results after 3 months of healing to LASIK, the results are very similar.  It is imperative that if your corneas are borderline thin that your Laser surgeon chooses to do ASLA for you. 

By having Dr Jim Kokkinakis of The Eye Practice do your assessment, he will independently calculate your suitability and recommend a surgeon that will do the correct procedure for you.


                                                      ASLA Explained

In our next post we will discuss two other Vision correction procedures, when Laser Eye Surgery is not appropriate. They are called ICL and a Refractive Lens exchange.  These procedures are no where near as common as LASIK or ASLA but certainly are reasonable options for people that are very motivated to correct their vision.  More on these interesting procedures soon.

In the mean time if you are interested in Laser Eye Surgery, do not hesitate to call 9290 1899 or Book an Eye Test appointment ONLINE now.

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