Laser eye surgery techniques
There are variety of techniques of laser eye surgery. The PRK and LASIK are the most frequent techniques that allow patients to have direct treatment carried out on the external surface of their cornea. In the case of LASIK technique, it can be performed using femtosecond laser, differing on how is realized the first step of the procedure.
Both techniques of refractive surgery are ambulatory and take about 15-20 minutes (near 10 minutes per eye) to carry out.
What visual problems can correct laser eye surgery?
The laser eye surgery can correct the following visual impairment:
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Presbyopia or tired sight
LASIK is the most frecuently performed laser eye surgery, and among his advantages is the fast recovery after the procedure.
Although PRK has a slower recovery than LASIK, it can be used in patients with a thinner cornea inneligible for LASIK, and offers some other advantages for some patients as well.
PRK vs LASIK
The results of PRK and LASIK are comparable, but initial recovery after PRK is slower, as new epithelial cells take a few days to regenerate. Moreover, improving vision with PRK is gradual and can take several weeks, while with Lasik is faster (by the next morning it should have already improved) and takes much less time to see the end result.
PRK also has a slightly increased risk of post-surgery infection, inflammation and turbidity of vision, as well as more discomfort in the eyes during the first few days after PRK surgery, compared to LASIK surgery.
However, PRK offers some advantages and benefits: the laser treatment is shallower, since PRK does not create a corneal flap, so it is suitable for patients with a thin cornea that cannot be treated with LASIK or that have already been previously submitted to Lasik surgery previously and therefore have a thinner residual cornea. For this same reason, there is no risk of complications due to the corneal flap and there is a lower risk of corneal thickness compromise.
Alternatives to laser eye surgery
In cases where it is not possible to perform the treatment using LASIK or PRK techniques (for example, patients with cornea too thin even for PRK, or with more diopters than these techniques can treat), there are other alternatives to laser eye surgery, such as the implantation of intraocular lenses (IOL).
It is the ophthalmologist who will determine, after a detailed eye exam, which (or which) of the procedures is possible and most appropriate for each patient.
Laser eye surgery in Costa del Sol, Spain
Our Vithas Xanit International Hospital is located Benalmadena, at the heart of the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Spain). Enjoy the Mediterranean climate and numerous tourist activities available in the Costa del Sol during your laser eye surgery recovery.
Laser eye surgery cost
Want to know how much cost the laser eye surgery at Vithas Xanit International Hospital? Find the average cost of our more frequent treatments in our prices guide. Contact us for a better estimation of the final cost in your case.