The clinic we have partnered with is the leading specialist in laser vision correction in Malaysia – it has been established for nearly 20 years, and is at the forefront in laser vision technology, with a team of experts having worked with laser eye correction for many years. There are 4 different types of laser eye treatment, depending on your needs, the surgeon will select the best option for you.
A suction ring will be placed on your eye. You will feel some pressure on your eye and vision will go dark. A specially designed instrument, microkeratome will create a flap on the cornea. You will hear buzzing sounds as the microkeratome is in use. The doctor will then lift back the flap. Laser will be applied to the cornea. Buzzing sounds will continue and you will smell a faint burnt odor. This is very normal.
Afterwards, the corneal surface is cleaned and the flap is replaced without stitches and healing begins. For the first few hours, there is slight discomfort, stinging and watering of the eyes which is manged by dailies aqua comfort torics. Just continue to rest with your eyes closed as much as possible.
This procedure is identical to LASIK but the flap is created with a separate laser called ‘INTRALASE’ laser. A suction ring will be placed on your eye and vision will go dark. The laser will take approximately 30 seconds to create the flap. You will then be moved to the second laser (Excimer Laser) and the doctor will then lift the flap. This laser will then be applied to the cornea.
A suction ring will be placed on your eye. You will feel light pressure and your vision will be blurred. An instrument called Epitome will create an epiflap on the cornea (this is much thinner than the flap in LASIK). The doctor will then lift back the epiflap. After laser ablation, a bandage contact lens will be placed on the cornea to minimize discomfort and to protect the thin epithelium. These lenses will be removed after 4 – 7 days.
An alcohol solution is placed on the corneal surface for 20 – 30 seconds. This loosens the top layer of the skin (epithelium). The epithelial flap is rolled back to expose the corneal bed on which the laser ablation is applied. Bandage contact lenses will be placed on the cornea. This helps healing and minimizes discomfort. Lenses will be removed about 4 – 7 days later.
There are 3 types of laser profiles that can treat just about all common reading or driving problems from failing eye sight.
- treats short-sight, long-sight & astigmatism
- treats short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism & higher order aberration of the eye
- improves the quality of vision
- recommended for night driving or dim light activities
- treats short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism & reading problem for adults of 40 years old or more
Suitability for treatment
- You must be 18 years or older, and experienced stable vision for over a year
- You must not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- You must not have been diagnosed with Connective Tissue, Autoimmune or Immunodeficiency disease, eg. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’ disease, Severe dry eyes, Keratoconus, Cataract, Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Myopic Degeneration (Progressive cornea thinning & protrusion resulting in poor vision due to high shortsight & astigmatism)
Contact lenses distort and dry the cornea, and therefore must be removed prior to treatment. For accuracy in your Eye Examinations, please remove Soft/Disposable/Daily Lenses 10 – 14 days before treatment, and Semi Hard (RGP), Hard/Toric Soft Lenses – minimum 3 to 4 weeks before. As a general rule, the longer the lenses are left out, the better.
- Clean your face thoroughly (especially around the eyes and eyelashes) and have your shower before coming.
- Do not wear make-up, hair spray, hair oil etc.
- Have your breakfast if you coming early for treatment.
- Do not use perfume or any alcohol base skin product as this may interfere with the procedure and accuracy of Excimer Laser.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Make sure to eat before you come in.
- Do remember to bring sunglass as you may experience light sensitivity after procedure.
- Please wear warm, comfortable clothing as the laser room and recovery area is cold.
- Please do not drive home yourself after the treatment. You should arrange for transport or we can call a taxi for you.
- Before treatment, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Please read and understood the content carefully.
- A few tests may be repeated if deemed necessary by the treating doctor.
Just before treatment
- Eye drops for pupillary dilation will be instilled into your eyes if necessary. This need to be done 45 minutes to one hour prior to treatment.
- A nurse will help you to get ready and clean the eye area with antiseptic.
- You will have to wear Operation Theatre attire before entering the operating room ie surgical cap, shoe cover etc.
- he procedure will take about 10 minutes per eye. Some eye drops and anesthetic will be instilled into the eye. Your eyes will be numbed.
- The lid speculum will be used to prevent your eyes from blinking. It is painless though you will feel a stretching sensation.
- Your treating doctor will check you after the procedure before you leave the centre.
- Remember not to rub, squeeze or squint your eyes during the first week after the procedure.
- Avoid getting soap or shampoo in your eyes but you will still need to keep the eyelid area clean.
- Don’t splash water or keep sweat out of your eye.
- Avoid dusty and smoky places for the first week.
- Don’t wear eye make-up for one week.
- Resume physical activities like jogging, aerobic work out etc the next day.
- Don’t swim or sauna, spa or have a facial for a month.
- Avoid contact sports.
- Don’t drive until you feel confident.
- Put on eye shields provided before bed for the first week.
- Use eye drops (artificial tears and antibiotic drops) as advised.
- Attend all check up as advised.
- Do not worry unduly if you experiencing glare, haloes at night or under dim lights for a few weeks.
- Use sunglasses when it’s hot and bright outdoors.
Results to expect
Your vision will gradually improve though it usually takes up to 3 – 6 months for stabilization. It is important to have realistic expectations – Laser Vision Correction does not always create 20/20 vision, however, most patients are able to forgo glasses completely for the first time in their lives.
Your recovery is usually rapid and relatively painless, however, you may experience these symptoms which are entirely normal:
- Blurry vision for the first few days
- Tired eyes
- Light sensitivity and teary eyes
- Dry eyes
- Fluctuating vision
This treatment has to be scheduled around other surgical appointments, so it is important that you book your Lasik treatment at the same time as your other treatments.
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