Lasik Corrective eye surgery: what you need to know

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By AdFeatures | Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 14:50

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The idea of having eye surgery to correct conditions that cause long and short sightedness is now something that is in the realm of possibility for most people. Simple and quick procedures often take no longer than twenty minutes, and are performed daily in various locations all over the country.

It is also no longer the preserve of the wealthy, as amazing developments in laser technology and the popularity of the procedures have meant that companies such as Optimax offer the highest standards of clinical care at costs that most people can afford. Optimax have performed over 350,000 surgical procedures to correct common eyesight conditions and have a record of innovation that stands unequalled in the industry.

Maintaining the highest standards of patient care is the ethos at the heart of the company, along with ensuring that the very best value for money is also on offer. In providing services that also offer extremely good value, Optimax never compromise on quality. In fact, the specialised personnel at all levels of the company are chosen to ensure that patients receive the very highest standard of care.

Specialist surgeons

The team of specialist eye surgeons and ophthalmic doctors at Optimax are all highly qualified medical practitioners who have specialised in Ophthalmology and are all registered with the General Medical Council. The team currently includes 17 specialist ophthalmic doctors and eye surgeons, along with 60 ophthalmic opticians. Most are also Fellows or Members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth or MRCOphth) or Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). Optimax’s LASIK surgeons work in a highly specialist team which enables them to fully share their knowledge and experience.

LASIK stands for 'Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis' and refers to a procedure where the section beneath the front surface of the eye is operated on. A layer no thicker than a human hair is created and carefully lifted and the exposed tissue underneath is corrected with precise and delicate laser action by the surgeon.

Cutting edge treatments

Previous treatments for correcting the conditions of mild to severe short sightedness, mild long sightedness and astigmatism used a mechanical blade device called a microkeratome, but Optimax Intralase Intralase Lasik Laser eye surgery is a new treatment which uses a state of the art femtosecond laser instead. The IntraLase Femtosecond Laser is the gold standard for laser eye surgery, giving Optimax patients the opportunity to receive the best treatment available.

With 18 such lasers,Optimax were the first company to offer this type of treatment technology nationwide, meaning more patients achieve 20:20 vision or better. As the inner eye itself remains untouched throughout the procedure and there are no stitches employed, the normal healing process is simplified – leading to faster recovery times and clearer vision usually returning within 24 hours.

Those who suffer from severe short-sightedness often see the most impressive improvements from this treatment. Not only that, but the whole process only takes 20 minutes from start to finish and is usually completely pain free.

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