At Lee Eye Centre, we had acquired one of the World’s FASTEST laser suite for refractive surgery in 2011. It is a fully integrated system which allow seamless connectivity between the diagnostic machines and lasers, therefore, minimizing errors and improving safety.
LEC’s refractive surgery centre is located on the 2nd floor and comprises of a standalone LASIK screening centre and operating suite.
Lasik involves the creation of a “flap” of corneal tissue which is lifted up and subsequently an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. Traditionally, this flap is created with a microkeratome blade but in our centre, we provide “bladeless” technology to create the flap using a femtosecond laser. This laser can create a very precise, customizable and predicate flap which greatly improves safety and allows fast recovery.
This method differs from LASIK in that no prior corneal flap is created in the procedure. After simple removal of the corneal epithelium, the excimer laser is applied onto the cornea to correct the refractive error.
Advanced surface ablation is mainly used in patients who have significantly high refractive errors in whom there may not be adequate corneal tissue to create a flap. The end results of this method are just as satisfactory compared to LASIK.
However, the time required for optimal visual clarity may be longer as time is required for the surface of the cornea to recover.