I was immediately attracted to laser vision correction. I’ve always had a love for technology, so this area was naturally going to catch my attention.
Besides the thrill of seeing the laser technology improve over the years, laser vision correction offers a degree of controlled outcomes. There are instant results – sometimes, even as they sit up off the bed. It’s extremely gratifying.
I became involved in LASIK from the beginning, and was a clinical investigator for the first Wavefront guided LASIK laser. Using this technology it from the very early days has allowed me to experience many happy patients.
LASIK – Laser In Situ Keratomileusis – takes about 15 minutes per eye and requires very little down time. Most people can be back to work the next day without having to wear glasses. The healing process is quick, and so in about a month, the eyes tend to stabilise.
LASIK is the most common vision correction procedure for people in their 20’s to early 40’s.
When you come in for an assessment, we’ll look at everything from your current prescription, the shape of your eye and the thickness of your cornea. Then, I’ll take you through the options.
Having been the first surgeon in the Asia Pacific region to perform LASIK using the Wavefront-guided system, I’m now using it more often than traditional LASIK. That’s because I believe that, for the right patient, it can help to achieve a better quality of vision. Put simply, it’s a laser treatment that reshapes the cornea, taking into account small optical imperfections. My patients seem to be generally happier with the outcomes from Wavefront LASIK.
Another approach is to use a topographic guided laser, where I will take a detailed ‘map’ to finely measure your eye.
Eyes aren’t smooth, particularly those that have previously had vision correction. A number of people have come to me after a few years of having LASIK performed, and they’re not 100% happy with the results. The most likely reason for that is that they have an irregular shape of the cornea, which wasn’t picked up by the surgeon. Topographic based treatments can spot every lump and bump and correct them.
Some people have thin, irregular or unstable corneas, in which case they aren’t suitable for LASIK. However, there are other procedures that might be suitable, including Advanced Surface Laser.