Laser Eye Treatments
Laser eye treatments
Every eye is unique and at Ultralase every laser treatment is unique - personally tailored to reflect your eye’s individual characteristics. During your free consultation we will build your detailed treatment plan and recommend to you which of our laser eye treatments will deliver the best possible result for you.
We offer two different laser eye treatments, explained below, all of which can be performed using LASIK or LASEK techniques.
LASIK or LASEK laser eye treatment
Laser eye surgery involves the precise reshaping of the cornea, the transparent window that covers the coloured part of the eye. For eye treatment to be permanent, it must take place beneath the thin, protective outer layer. This layer is gently moved aside in order to let the laser do its work.
There are two fundamental types of laser eye surgery: LASIK and LASEK. They differ only in the way the eye is prepared for treatment. The actual re-shaping process is exactly the same in both cases.
All Ultralase LASIK laser eye surgery treatments now use IntraLase® to provide safe and accurate vision correction.
Some people may only be found suitable for either LASEK or LASIK laser eye surgery, whereas some people may be suitable for both, in which case you could choose which one you prefer. The only way to find out for sure which you are suitable for is to have a free laser eye surgery consultation, where your optometrist and personal advisor will discuss your options with you.
With LASIK laser eye surgery, the surface of the cornea is lifted then replaced after the laser has been applied. Most people return to work within 48 hours. LASIK is surprisingly quick and is suitable for most prescriptions.
At Ultralase, we don’t use blades during our LASIK laser eye surgery; we use IntraLase® eye lasers. These lasers permit a faster healing process, significantly reduce the risk of complication and deliver outstanding laser eye surgery results. IntraLase® is a very, very fine laser which is used to create a flap in the protective layer of the cornea in preparation for corrective laser eye surgery.
With LASEK laser eye surgery, the protective surface of the cornea is softened and then folded aside. The corrective laser then reshapes the layer beneath. The surface is then smoothed back into place and a special contact lens is placed on the eye for 4-7 days while the protective layer heals.
LASEK based vision correction treatment is usually recommended if you have an active lifestyle or unusually shaped corneas.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser eye treatment is an amazingly effective approach to correcting vision. Pulses of light reshape the cornea at the front of the eye to create the ideal shape to allow your eyes to focus correctly. The aim of which is to eliminate or reduce your need to wear glasses or contact lenses to correct your prescription.
What is Wavefront?
Ultralase's wavefront treatment is our most popular treatment. A wavefront scan is taken of your eyes. This scan reveals in minute detail the surface of your cornea and all its minor blemishes or imperfections.
This scan then acts as a map during treatment and tells the laser where to target, aiming to correct your prescription and removing minor blemishes that some other treatments don't allow for. So each wavefront treatment is tailored specifically to each of your eye’s requirements, each wavefront treatment is unique.
Blade-free innovation as standard
At Ultralase, we use the blade-free IntraLase® laser, which allows a faster healing process, reduces the risk of complication significantly and delivers outstanding results.
Because it is the safest, most effective procedure available, IntraLase® is used in all LASIK treatments at Ultralase.
TESA (TransEpithelial Surface Ablation)
This is a revolutionary new procedure which can help those considering LASEK treatment, who may be at risk from impact to the eye in active sports or occupations. TESA can help those working in professions with strict eyesight regulations (eg, Police, Fire Brigade) and can be recommended in cases of thin corneas or dry eyes.
Intraocular Lens Implants ( Lens Surgery)
Intraocular Lens replacement or IOL is the general term for surgery in which a lens is implanted inside the eye to improve vision. The procedure is also known as RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange). A new lens replaces the natural lens in the eye, which has the correct power to enable you to see clearly without glasses. These treatments can help you achieve independence from glasses – including reading glasses.