LASIK is a quick and safe procedure, which is carried out under topical anesthesia and for which the patient need not be hospitalized. It is one of the most advanced and safest techniques to correct refractive defects. It is an extra-ocular procedure ( the part of the eye which is worked on is the exterior one : the cornea) and recuperation is fast, with the least risk possible to the eye.
The technique consists in lifting a corneal flap which is a third of the thickness of the cornea, with the aid of an automatic microkeratome and applying a laser to the corneal bed. By doing this, we remodel the cornea and change its curvature to correct refraction defects (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism). Finally, the corneal flap is replaced without the need of stitches.
This intervention takes approximately 10 minutes (video) and in a matter of hours the patient has such a degree of vision that they can manage without glasses. However, as with all surgery, a relatively short period of time will be required to complete the healing process and achieve what will be their definitive vision.

Possible complications and collateral effects of LASIK.

Some patients, especially those with a high graduation, may end up with a certain residual defect, which is generally low. In this case, they will need correction to carry out certain specialized activities.They can be operated on a few months later to reduce this. Other patients have referred to night glare, fluctuation in vision or sensitivity to light. These defects usually disappear in a short space of time.
Our extensive experience with this technique, as well as our handling of the microkeratome, allows us to recommend LASIK to our patients, with a minimal risk of complications. Moreover, our Institute has at its disposal the latest in technology, the Excimer laser, which is computer-directed and shapes the cornea with the utmost precision.