Surface Ablation

Surface ablation is the oldest method used and is now being offered as the second choice of laser treatment for those patients who are not eligible for the most advanced treatments such as Femtolasik and SMILE. The surgery is quick, however recovery could be painful initially and visual recovery may take weeks.


Eligibility test:

You are eligible* if:

  • You are over 18
  • Myopic from -1.0D up to -10.0D
  • Hyperopic from +1.0D up to +2.5D
  • Astigmatic from +2.5D up to -4.0D
  • Have not had significant change in refraction for one year prior to the procedure date
  • Your eyes no longer tolerate wearing contact lenses
  • Want to see clearly without your glasses or contact lenses
Surface ablation

Surface ablation is the oldest method used and is now being offered as the second choice of laser treatment for those patients who are not eligible for the most advanced treatments such as Femtolasik and SMILE. The surgery is quick, however recovery could be painful initially and visual recovery may take weeks.


Eligibility test:

You are eligible* if:

  • You are over 18
  • Myopic from -1.0D up to -10.0D
  • Hyperopic from +1.0D up to +2.5D
  • Astigmatic from +2.5D up to -4.0D
  • Have not had significant change in refraction for one year prior to the procedure date
  • Your eyes no longer tolerate wearing contact lenses
  • Want to see clearly without your glasses or contact lenses

* This table is intended to serve only as guidance and is not a substitute for a professional eye examination

Contraindications for laser treatment:

  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Wound recovery problems, keloid susceptibility
  • Amblyopia, lazy eye
  • Cataract/Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy planned within six months
  • Nursing mothers
  • Keratoconus (irregular shaped cornea)
  • Previous Herpes infection in the eye
  • Severe dry eye syndrome
  • Wearing reading-glasses only

 


Comprehensive eligibility test (pre laser)

A major step towards the road to surgery is the detailed, comprehensive eligibility test. Our team of experts will determine the power to be treated and consider whether you are a suitable candidate or not, and if so, will indicate which treatment modalities best suit your requirements in order to achieve the best possible outcome which is that of perfect vision without glasses or contact lenses. The test consists of various diagnostic examinations and is completely painless.

Important notes before the pre laser:

  • Remember that if you have a previous ophthalmological reports or a prescription for glasses, bring them to the test
  • The whole examination takes about 1.5 hours
  • To ascertain the refraction and examine the fundus correctly, dilating eye drops are instilled, resulting in a slightly blurred vision after the test, so please avoid driving for 3 hours immediately following the examination
  • Bring with you any medication that you are taking

Removal of contact lenses before your pre laser:

Contact lens type Length of time lenses need to be out before the pre laser appointment
All soft contact lenses At least 1 week before
Extended wear soft lenses At least 1 week before
Toric soft lenses At least 2 weeks before
Rigid gas permeable
Worn for 0-10 years At least 4 weeks before
Worn for 10-20 years At least 8 weeks before
Worn for 20-30 years At least 12 weeks before
True hard lenses (Polymethyl methacrylate) At least 12 weeks before