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A two-step process that involves using two lasers to change the shape of the cornea.

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis) is probably the best-known form of laser eye surgery worldwide, over 30 million people have had the treatment. It is a quick, safe, and effective, process. As a result, problems like myopia and astigmatism are corrected, and patients are free from glasses or contacts.

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 surgery

The LASIK process takes under 15 minutes, with lasers focused on each eye for just 60 to 90 seconds. During the procedure, your surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap on the front of the cornea. Then, the surgeon folds back the flap and exposes the central layer of the cornea – the stroma. Using the precise excimer laser, the surgeon ablates corneal tissue point by point, following pre-surgery calculations to ensure the right tissue is removed. After reshaping, the flap is returned to its original position to allow the eye to heal.

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 time
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.


After LASIK, you will need to rest for an hour before leaving the clinic. You will need someone to drive you home. The following day, discomfort should be minimal, and vision should already show signs of improvement.

Cost and finance

Laser eye surgery prices:

  • Initial technical assessment: FREE
  • Initial surgeon assessment: FREE
  • SMILE laser surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes
  • LASIK surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes

Payment options:

  • Cash, Bank Cheque, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard or Amex are all accepted.
  • Auckland Eye is pleased to offer finance with Q Card and Q MasterCard®, we are currently able to offer 24 months interest free with no payments for the first 3 months*.

Terms and conditions:
*Finance not available online. No payments and no interest for 3 months (“Payment Holiday”) and no interest for a further 21 months is available on Flexi Payment Plans. Minimum purchase $2,500. Offer is ongoing. Annual Account Fee of $50 applies. Existing Cardholder fee – $35 Advance fee. New Cardholder fee – $55 Establishment fee. Minimum payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required once the Payment Holiday ends. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period. Standard Interest Rate, currently 25.25% p.a. applies to any outstanding balance at end of interest free period. Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply.

To apply for a Q MasterCard for Laser Eye Surgery, click here

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