Procedures

Procedures

Everyone’s eyesight is different and everyone will have different requirements from treatment, which is why we offer a wide range of procedures so that we’re able to help the majority of people that we see. To learn more about these procedures, please read through the details of each below.

LASIK

The most common procedure. 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.

LASEK

Usually chosen if you have thin corneas or have an active lifestyle due to the way the eye heals.

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.

Intra ocular Lenses

The most common reasons for patients being recommended an IOL treatment is either a very high prescription (higher than -10 or +5) or the very early signs of cataracts beginning to form.

The lenses available for an Intra ocular procedure are state-of-the-art and may be selected for each individual based upon their prescription and requirements from the lens. They can correct higher levels of long sightedness, short sightedness and astigmatism.

This procedure involves positioning an artificial lens inside the eye, which then acts like a contact lens. The lenses available are state-of-the-art and are selected for each individual based upon their prescription and requirement from the lens.

There are a wide range of lenses that can be used, including multi-focal and accommodating lenses, which aim to correct both distance and reading vision.

The easiest way to think of an Intra ocular lens is as a contact lens that’s positioned inside the eye rather than on its surface.

Ultralase offer two different IOL procedures.

Artificial lens implant (ALI)

An Artificial Lens Implant involves placing a tiny lens inside the eye with the eye’s natural lens remaining in place. The artificial lens acts like a contact lens in providing extra focusing ability and therefore correcting your distance vision, while maintaining your ability to focus for near vision.

Refractive lens exchange (RLE)

This procedure involves removing the eye’s natural lens and positioning an artificial lens in its place. This artificial lens then acts like a contact lens. There are a wide range of lenses that can be used, including multi-focal and accommodating lenses, which correct both distance and reading vision.

YAG laser treatment

Intra ocular Lens surgery generally gives very good visual results. However, some of the improvement in vision may be lost after a few months because of thickening of the lens capsule.

When it thickens it becomes “milky” in appearance and it obstructs your vision, making things seem hazy. Sometimes this effect can become quite marked. YAG laser treatment addresses this thickening to bring your vision back up to the level that it was after the lens operation was performed.

Ultralase offer YAG laser to those who have had IOL or cataract treatment with Ultralase as well as to those who have had IOL or cataract treatment with other providers, including the NHS. YAG is provided free of charge to those who have had Ultra Lens or Ultra Lens Select treatment.

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