What is LASIK?

LASIK is a precision laser procedure that can restore vision for people who suffer from blurred eyesight. Extremely safe and proven to be effective for a wide range of common focusing problems, Auckland Eye has been offering this technology now for over 15 years.

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In fact, the life-changing benefits are so significant that LASIK has become one of the most frequently performed elective surgeries in the world, with over 30 million people already experiencing the freedom of life without glasses and contacts – thanks to LASIK.

LASIK at a glance:

  • Precise and proven technology
  • Uses 2 lasers, a VisuMax femtosecond laser and a MEL 90 excimer laser
  • The laser parts of the process take approx. 60-90 seconds
  • Practically painless procedure – 100% blade-free flap creation
  • Fast recovery time
  • No more glasses or contact lenses

LASIK – two steps to better vision

Like all types of laser eye surgery, LASIK works by re-shaping the front surface of the eye, the cornea. It’s a simple, two laser, two step, highly precise procedure: first a femtosecond laser uses tiny pulses of light to create microscopic bubbles under the surface of the cornea. This allows the surgeon to gently separate the layers to lift up a flap on the cornea, then use an excimer laser to reshape the exposed area below. The flap is then simply placed back in position.

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The Femtosecond laser creates a corneal flap

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The patient is moved to the excimer laser

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The surgeon opens the flat and folds it back to expose the lower corneal layer (stroma) beneath

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The excimer laser ablates the pre-calculated amount of corneal tissue, point by point

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After the laser surgery is complete, the flap is returned to its original position

Proven technology

At Auckland Eye, we use the most technologically advanced Visumax femtosecond laser and Carl Zeiss Mel90 excimer laser to reshape the cornea. This state-of-the-art technology has already transformed the lives of millions worldwide.

No pain, BIG gain

The entire procedure is painless and very fast – less than 15 minutes. The lasers are used for just 60 – 90 seconds per eye re-shaping the front surface of the eye, the cornea. The procedure corrects the eye’s distance focusing error, so you won’t need glasses or contact lenses for clear distance vision.

Fast recovery times

The entire LASIK experience takes only around an hour and a half on the day, including preparation time, the procedure itself and relaxation time afterwards.

What’s more, most patients will be completely pain free and have good vision on the day after surgery.

What is PRK?

PRK, also called Surface Laser Ablation, is a laser procedure using only an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Unlike LASIK where a flap is created, in PRK the surface cells are first gently removed, exposing the layer underneath which is then re-shaped. The surface cells then regenerate but because this takes time the recovery is slower. Due to some discomfort and the longer healing period, PRK is used less now than when first introduced. It is still a proven and effective technique for correcting vision and a valid option for people with very thin corneas who are not eligible for our SMILE or LASIK options.

PRK is a good treatment to consider if you have:

  • Low to Moderate Myopia
  • A thin cornea
  • Low astigmatism
  • Previous laser eye/refractive surgery

We provide special packages for people travelling to Auckland specifically for LASIK or SMILE.This includes:

  • All-in-one – your assessment and surgery organised for the same day so you only have to spend one night in Auckland, with the first post –op check the following day prior to you returning home.
  • Overnight accommodation at nearby hotel is included in your surgery costs.
  • The 2-week and 3-month post-operative appointments are provided by your local optometrist.

Your laser surgery experience

  • On your arrival at Auckland Eye, you will meet our laser technician and your surgeon, who will take you through your assessment. We will take precise measurements of your eyes enabling us to provide a personalised treatment plan.
  • Your SMILE procedure will be scheduled for later that same day. Even though the procedure doesn’t take long, please expect to be with us for about 3 hours for full assessment and surgery to be completed.
  • After your surgery you will head to your accommodation for the evening and a good nights sleep. Auckland Eye will pay for your accommodation though all incidentals will be at your own expense.

Post-operative appointments

Your 2 week and 2 month check ups can be provided by your own local optometrist. However, if you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us directly, and if further post-op appointments are required it may be necessary to come back and see us here.

Out of town costs

You’ll need to cover the cost of your travel to and from Auckland and any living expenses you incur while you are here (food, drink etc), but your surgery and one night’s accommodation are both covered by the normal price of surgery.

Terms & Conditions

This offer applies to LASIK and SMILE only, no other surgical procedures provided by Auckland Eye are included. Accommodation will only be provided for one night following your surgery. Any extra nights stay or future visits to this clinic will not be covered by this offer.

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