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The Excimer laser used in Eye Laser Surgery procedures is a high-energy ultraviolet laser. It works by precisely removing very small amounts of corneal tissue with each pulse with the pattern of laser pulses creating the desired change in refraction. The position and number of the pulses is controlled by the algorithm within the laser’s computer. Depending on the correction and the laser used the treatment time may be only a few seconds up to a minute. The femtosecond laser works differently by creating very small tissue separations within the cornea that, when precisely aligned, allow the laser to alter the shape of the eye and correct focussing errors.
In medical terms, SMILE® LASIK and PRK are very safe procedures with adverse outcomes from complications of a serious nature occurring in under 1:1000 eyes. This is not to say that complications and side effects cannot occur. Before proceeding with this procedure the risks specific to your circumstances must be assessed and fully explained to you so that you can make an informed decision.
Patients spend approximately two hours at the Centre on surgery day, and many are able to drive the next day and even return to work if they wish to. Many patients choose to take off the following day and return to work after the weekend dependent on surgery procedure with LASIK and SMILE®. PRK may require longer, with less ability to perform near tasks initially.
However, it is worth noting that each case is different and how well you can function depends on the degree of your refractive error, the recovery rate of your eye and the type of visual tasks you perform at work. In general, people with smaller corrections who do not engage in heavy, near or screen based tasks can expect to function very well in the days after the procedure first. Others may have a longer recovery.
Apart from the restrictions listed below, normal activities can begin immediately after LASIK and SMILE®. Driving and using dangerous machinery should be avoided until the next day and then only if you are confident to do so. It is necessary to avoid any contact with the eye for three days and shampoo and make-up around the eyes must be avoided. Eye shields must be worn at night and sunglasses or clear protective glasses at all other times during this period. Swimming and contact sports should be avoided for a week. Rubbing the eye is ill advised at any time but should be restricted for at least a week. PRK takes a little longer to recover and with SMILE® you can often be back to normal activities a little earlier.
This is our goal in regards to your distance vision. For the vast majority of cases we can achieve this goal although enhancement surgery may occasionally be required. However, it is important to note that this is a surgical procedure of living tissue and therefore is subject to some degree of variable response. Also, it is important to remember that Eye Laser Surgery does not alter the normal ageing processes of the eye such as the loss of flexibility of the lens required for good near vision. It cannot overcome diseases of the eye that reduce the vision potential of the eye such as retinal disease.
Enhancement surgery can be performed once the result of the initial surgery is stable. This is usually after three to six months. Enhancement surgery has a similar risk profile and recovery as the initial surgery but usually starts with a much smaller error. The likelihood of enhancement surgery is determined by the initial refractive error and will be discussed as part of the consultation process.
Blinking is prevented by the speculum that keeps the eye open and therefore is not a problem. Eye movement on the other hand can significantly influence the outcome so it must in some way be compensated for during the procedure. Some older lasers rely on the patient to fixate on a blinking light but unfortunately this is not always possible, especially during LASIK and PRK. To overcome this difficulty, the advanced lasers employ techniques to follow your eye movements during the procedure to compensate for the errors in placement of the pulses that would arise. These tracking systems ensure that the full benefits of the laser are provided improving predictability and rate of recovery thereby reducing the chance for remedial enhancement surgery and/or loss of best potential vision. SMILE® performs the correction while the eye is stabilised and therefore not moving so tracking systems are not required for this procedure.
During Eye Laser Surgery of any form the eye is anaesthetised with drops. As such, you should not experience any pain during the procedure. It is normal, however, to feel some mild stretching of the eyelid from the speculum during the procedure. During LASIK and SMILE® there is a 10-25 second period of pressure from the suction ring used. These sensations should not be bothersome to the point of being painful. Following the procedure there will be a foreign body feeling in the eyes which in the case of LASIK and SMILE® is for a period of 2-6 hours and is generally mild. PRK on the other hand may initially be more uncomfortable and takes 3-4 days for the corneal epithelium to heal. In both cases pain relief is provided for the initial post-operative period. The degree of pain or discomfort experienced can vary depending on individual pain threshold but this has no effect on the final outcome.