“There are three types of laser eye surgery. All three have has been proven to produce highly successful visual results.” Dr Joe Reich explains ASLA. Dr Michael Lawless explains LASIK.
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There are three types of laser eye surgery – LASIK (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis), ASLA (Advanced Surface Laser) and the new SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticular Extraction). Although there are a number of names in the marketplace (such as IntraLASIK, nuLASIK and PRK), these all fall under one of these three basic forms of surgery – the only difference being the manufacturer of the technology the clinic uses and how they market it.
LASIK is by far the most common laser eye surgery procedure for people between 21 and 45 years of age. However, if the cornea of a person seeking laser eye surgery is discovered to be thin or irregularly shaped, ASLA will most likely be recommended. A person with a high form of myopia (short-sightedness) may also be suitable for SMILE laser eye surgery. If a person has an unusually high prescription, an implantable lens (called an implantable contact lens, implantable collamer lens, or phakic IOL) may be recommended instead of a form of laser vision correction. Anyone who is over the age of 50 is most likely not suitable for laser eye surgery. However, there are a range of other surgical vision correction options.
Click here for more information about LASIK Click here to learn more about ASLA Click here to learn more about SMILE Click here for more information about blended vision/monovision. Click here for more information about other refractive procedures including implantable lenses