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Laser Refractive Surgery

What you need to know

Laser Refractive Surgery

Laser refractive surgery, or laser eye surgery, is a procedure used to correct your vision by reshaping the surface of your cornea. It can provide an alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses, or reduce your need for glasses. Laser eye surgery can be used to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism. A stable prescription is preferred for surgery. You should have no evidence of corneal disease or cataract and be at least 18 years old.

At Hunter Laser Vision we offer two types of laser refractive surgery – LASIK and Trans PRK.  Both procedures are safe and highly effective.

LASIK uses two lasers, one to create a hinged flap on the surface of the eye and another to reshape the cornea. Once the cornea has been reshaped the flap is carefully put back in place and remains there without stitches. Vision normally improves from the day after surgery.

Trans PRK uses a laser to remove the surface layer of the eye and reshape the cornea. A contact lens is placed on your eye to protect it while it heals. Trans PRK is often used as an alternative to LASIK and is generally preferred for younger patients and those with thinner corneas. Trans PRK has similar results to LASIK, but recovery takes a little longer. Your vision will gradually improve after the procedure until it stabilises around week six.

Most laser eye surgery patients will have improvements to their vision that last a very long time.

Hunter Laser Vision has been providing laser refractive surgery for over 20 years. Our years of experience and training mean we can provide you with the best in corrective eye surgery. We are the only laser eye clinic that provides refractive surgery in the Hunter area.

What to expect from your consultation with Hunter Laser Vision

During your consultation:

Our team will:

  • review your medical history and perform a thorough eye examination.
  • take scans of your cornea to determine its shape and thickness.
  • check your intraocular pressure.
  • make a surgical recommendation.
  • provide you with a quotation and book a surgery date.
  • discuss post-operative recovery and follow-up appointments.

Please note:

  • consultations can take up to 2 hours.
  • your pupils may be dilated therefore you will require someone to drive you home.
  • it can take 3 hours for vision to return to normal.

The surgery and post-operative care

  • You can expect to be at the surgery for 2 hours.
  • No make-up on the day of surgery.
  • We suggest you take a week off work.
  • For two weeks after the surgery, you should stay out of dirty, dusty environments.
  • You should keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming.
  • Full visual recovery normally takes 8 weeks.

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