Lasik (Femtosecond laser)
Lasik treatmentis performed under local anaesthetic (just a few drops of eye-drop in each eye) and it is completely painless both during the surgery and in the post-operative stages. Except for rare cases, the operation is bilateral, i.e. performed on both eyes during the same operation. This allows a reduction of the recovery period and a better visual comfort during the post-operative stage.
The first step of the operative procedure consists in the creation of a corneal flap (hinged flap) using a specific surgical instrument. The most common one is called microkeratome and it is a mechanical computerised instrument that uses a thin blade to create a flap.
To perform this critical phase we use the latest technology, called femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser replaces the blade used to create the flap with a laser which guarantees more precision and a better flexibility of the incision. Moreover, with the use of the femtosecond laser the operation is safer and the risks are nearly reduced to zero.
During the second step of the operation an excimer laser corrects the visual disorder, remodelling the curvature of the cornea. It removes a larger quantity of tissue from the central area of the cornea in case of myopia, while in case of hyperopia it removes a larger quantity of tissue from the peripheral area.
The patient can go back to his everyday activities even the day after the surgery, except for some particular ones (sports that involve physical contact, swimming, make up).