Laser Eye Centre offers a number of different treatments. these range from lasik to custom lasik (previously labelled ‘ilasik’), prk, icl, lasik plus and refractive lens exchange.
Our procedures treat many different sight problems such as age-related loss of vision, longsightedness, shortsightedness and astigmatism – there is really not much in sight correction that we can’t fix. All with complete confidence.
When Distance Vision (e.g. Driving, TV) is blurry without glasses or contact lenses - LASIK is a procedure that uses a precise laser to correct short-sightedness ('myopia'), long-sightedness ('hyperopia'), and/or astigmatism. This restores natural clear vision of your eyes and brings your world into focus.
Around the age of 45, the natural lens in the eye begins to lose its natural ability to focus from far to near. This is when we encounter challenges with reading or tasks at close range.
LASIK is very effective for treating Astigmatism. Uncorrected it causes blurry, distorted vision for Distance and/or Near. This happens when the shape of the front of the eye (cornea) or the lens inside the eye is not a perfectly smooth and even curve.
Our Vision Correction Procedures bring your world into focus.
Typical signs of Cataracts are a blurriness of vision, increased sensitivity to light, and increased glare; particularly when driving at night.
Patients who have extremely strong scripts or are not eligible for LASIK
There are a number of factors that we consider to assess if a candidate is eligible for Laser vision correction. This generally means that you are over 18 years old with adequate corneal thickness (which we measure) and a stable refraction; more specifically that your vision prescription has not majorly changed over the past 12 months. You should also be in good general health, free from ocular disease or infection, and not pregnant.
At your free suitability assessment we advise you of your best option to free yourself from glasses and contact lenses.
We have provided an overview of common sight problems and a guide on which vision correction procedure may be best for you. The most common misconception about laser eye correction is the fear of the procedure itself. Be assured, that the procedures are largely painless, fast, easy and sound much more involved than they really are. We have added sections if you want to know about the science and technology involved.
Procedures are done one eye at a time. However, as an example of how safe the process is, statistics have shown that daily contact lens wearers have a one-in-2000 chance of vision being affected through infection. LASIK has shown to be closer to a one-in-10,000 chance of vision being affect. This translates to patients being five times less likely to have this issue due to a procedure than with wearing contact lenses.
The Laser Eye Centre is the only centre doing LASIK PLUS in the central North Island. Monovision is conventional vision correction that matches the eyes. LASIK PLUS on the other hand offers a subtle difference between dominant and non-dominant eyes. This offers a greater scope between near and far vision, as the brain is able to adjust and expand the range of focus.
A typical customer is aged between 20-80 years old, with an average of just over 50. We have many patients that are both younger and older though. Our advice is to let your natural vision ‘stabilise’ for 12 months before a correction.
Following cataract surgery, we can also perform vision correction at any age.
The LASIK procedure itself only takes 10-15 minutes for both eyes. This means you will be up and walking immediately after, albeit medicated. Most patients can drive within 24 hours, or ‘the next day’, depending on any temporary side-effects.
You should avoid swimming for 2-3 weeks after the procedure, but most exercise can be resumed within one week. You should take specific care with high UV sports such as water or snow sports. Effective sunglasses are highly recommended during this time in particular.
Eyes are for life, and so is vision correction. However, eyes naturally age and can change over time – even Laser Vision Correction cannot stop ageing. The ageing mostly affects near vision becoming increasingly blurry. We have and array of individualised treatments to preserve youthful vision.
The first laser eye vision procedure was done in 1988. The process has evolved over the last 25+ years to be very common and popular. So far more than 30 million patients, and counting, have had laser eye vision procedures done.
More than 90 percent of those who suffer vision problems are suitable. Some medical conditions that exclude patients include: pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, or some cases of diabetes. We’ll advise you during your consultation.
Every person’s eyes are unique. In most cases though, we can provide a noticeable correction and improvement. There are many factors to consider, but it is not uncommon to see vision actually corrected to be ‘better’ than 20/20.
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