Phakic intraocular lenses are implanted in the eyes of patients with higher degrees of short-sightedness (Myopia) or long sightedness (Hypermetropia).
A cataract is the clouding of the clear lens of the eye. When dense enough, it can significantly impact on a person’s vision. Untreated, cataracts worsen with age.
Eye Floaters can be seen as darkish shapes floating in your visual field. They can have circular or linear shapes and are often perceived as being ‘in front’ of the eyes.
The iLASIK Procedure combines two advanced lasers with a 3-D mapping process in one integrated procedure. No blades, needles or anything else that’s sharp are used.
Imagine a Life Without Glasses | Eye Laser Surgery Can Help
Perhaps you’ve worn glasses for many years and have become tired of constantly losing or breaking them, and then having to buy expensive replacements?
Or maybe you enjoy competitive sports or leisure pursuits and find wearing glasses a real hindrance?
100% Blade-Free Eye Laser Surgery
Bladeless eye surgeries are now among the most common elective surgeries in the world, and can be used with a great degree of success on a range of conditions, including cataracts, floaters, presbyopia (long-sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness), astigmatism and hypermetropia. The laser eye surgery Sydney process normally takes no more than 30 minutes for both eyes, uses only local anaesthetic in the form of eye drops, and does not require an overnight stay in hospital.
Throw Away Your Contact Lenses for Good
Or are you just one of the many thousands of Australians who have tried wearing contact lenses rather than glasses, but found them inconvenient or difficult to insert? Rest assured that if you are, there’s no shame in feeling squeamish when trying to put a foreign object so close to your eyeball.
Fortunately for many Australians there is now an alternative to both glasses and contact lenses. One that is proven to be both quick, effective and perfectly safe.
The Importance of Diagnosis and Consultation
Our team at George Street Eye Centre understand that effective eye treatment always begins at the initial consultation stage, during which he thoroughly examines your eyes and spends as much time as required answering any questions you may have, to more fully put your mind at ease. During the doctor’s diagnosis they will discuss your medical history, eye health, expectations and suitability, before deciding on a treatment plan that best meets your needs.
Laser Eye Surgery Sydney Specialising in Cataracts, Lens Implantation, Eye Floaters
LASIK Eye Surgery Sydney | Lasik Surgery
Lasik eye surgery is one of the most popular vision correction procedures in Australia. LASIK stands for ‘laser in situ keratomileusis’ and refers to a modern method of surgery that involves the use of highly sophisticated lasers to remove minute amounts of the cornea (the clear frontal region of the eye). During the procedure an extremely thin piece is removed to create a flap, and lasers are then applied to the area beneath. In this way the eye is gently and minutely reshaped and your vision markedly improved.
Our team at George Street Eye Centre are pioneers of innovative new Lasik eye surgery Sydney techniques, such as iLASIK surgery, while remaining proficient in other reliable, pain-free procedures, such as LASEK.
Lens Implantation for Myopia or Hypermetropia
In certain cases the doctor will recommend a different solution to Lasik surgery, whereby a small artificial lens (known as a Phakic IntraOcular Lens) is inserted into the anterior chamber of the eye, but the actual eye structure itself remains unchanged. A treatment decision will be made at the consultation stage, following precise measurements of the chamber that will be receiving the implant.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects in Eye Laser Surgery
While all surgery comes with the potential for risk, our team at George Street Eye Centre have many years of experience meaning that the risk of complications through eye laser surgery are kept to an absolute minimum. And these will be fully discussed during your initial consultation.
How To Book In For A LASIK Eye Surgery Consultation
To book in for a no-obligation LASIK consultation, simply call our Sydney Eye Laser Surgery Clinic today on (02) 9230 0010.
George Street Eye Laser Centre
“Where Seeing is Believing.”
Lasik surgery is a safe and effective form of refractive surgery, and Sydney’s most common elective medical procedure for those seeking to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. A clear majority of patients with these conditions are suitable candidates for Lasik but there are groups for whom the procedure is inappropriate or unsafe, including those under 18 years of age, whose vision is still developing, or women who are pregnant or still nursing children; due to the possibility of hormone imbalances having a short-term effect on eyesight. In addition, there are specific underlying medical conditions, including diabetes, that may preclude you from Lasik surgery. Pupil size and corneal thickness are further contraindications, as these conditions can cause complications and adversely affect the results of surgery.
The ideal Lasik candidate will have a clinical diagnosis of refractive error and been on the same contact lens or glasses prescription for a minimum of one year. Potential risks will be identified by the doctor and discussed in detail during your initial consultation. Your health and welfare remains our prime consideration.
Once you have decided to opt for Lasik surgery, all you need do is call and book your initial consultation at the George Street Eye Laser Centre on (02) 9230 0010.
On your first visit you will be seen by Sydney’s leading Lasik Eye specialist, our team at George Street Eye Centre, who will discuss the procedure and outline both its benefits and any potential risks involved. They will then make a detailed examination of your eyes. This will include evaluating the thickness and shape of your corneas; the size of your pupils and your general eye health. You will also have the surface curvature of your corneas concisely mapped using a non-invasive scanner known as a corneal topographer. This mapping is crucial because everyone’s eye structure is as unique as a fingerprint and the topographer provides extremely detailed information, to facilitate precise calibration of the surgical laser.
In some cases, particularly when prepping for iLasik or Custom laser eye surgery Sydney, additional eye mapping is conducted via waverfont analysis. This is also a valuable tool in revealing subtle disorders of the cornea or lens that may be missed using other methods. Wavefront technology is set to replace the phoropter which is the device containing a wide variety of interchangeable lenses that you will have experienced at your local optician. The limitation of this method is that it relies entirely on subjective responses from the patient, whereas wavefront analysis is completely objective, automatically tracking the journey of light through the eye.
Your overall health will be assessed by the doctor to make sure you can cope adequately with surgery. He will also make a baseline evaluation of your vision. You will need to inform him of any medication you are taking and your allergies, if any.
If you currently wear soft, rigid gas-permeable (RGP) or hard lenses, the doctor will insist that you switch to glasses several weeks prior to your baseline evaluation – the exact period is determined by the type of lens you use. Contact lenses can significantly alter the shape of your corneas, so it is imperative that you follow the advice to prevent complications and poor surgical outcomes.
Once you have been assessed we will agree a date for your laser eye surgery Sydney with you. We understand that any medical procedure can be stressful which is why all our clinicians are trained to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You can expect to be at the clinic for under two hours and the operation usually takes no longer than 10 minutes for each eye, depending on your prescription and the correction required.
Because Lasik surgery is 100% blade-free, the good news is that there are no stitches, bandages or general anaesthetic required. In place of general anaesthetic eye-drops will be applied to numb the area and prevent any discomfort. If you are a nervous patient, you will also be offered medication to help you remain calm and relaxed. All Lasik surgery takes place with the patient awake and in a reclined position.
Once you are lying down and comfortable the surgeon will use an instrument called a lid speculum to keep your eyes open during the procedure and prevent blinking. He will then position the laser equipment and begin the painless procedure, creating an extremely thin corneal flap. All you need do is focus on a target light when asked. You may well feel light pressure in your eye but this is completely normal. If you are having both eyes treated the whole procedure will usually be over within 20 minutes.
It is important to rest after surgery and undergo a short period of observation by your surgeon, just to ensure everything went smoothly. Provided the doctor is happy, you will be allowed to go home within an hour or so, but you must not drive on the day, so please remember to arrange a lift.
It is common to experience post-operative blurred vision and sometimes a burning sensation but this is nothing to be concerned about. It will usually settle down within a few days but in certain cases it can take several weeks. You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week and allow your eyes to rest as much as possible over the first few days to give them time to recuperate from the procedure. You can return to work the next day but it is best to book a few days leave.
George Street Eye Centre offers laser eye correction for a range of conditions, including hypermetropia (long-sightedness) presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness), cataracts, floaters, and astigmatism. We are passionate about providing all of our patients with the very best in laser eye care, to improve their vision and enhance their quality of life.
Many people love the idea of being rid of their glasses or contact lenses, but they are unsure of what the laser eye procedure involves. They want their questions answered before they go ahead and book their first appointment at our surgery. Here at George Street Eye Centre, we understand that completely. We would like to reassure you that the laser eye surgery procedure is quick and painless, and the results can be life-changing. Laser treatment for eyes can completely remove the need for glasses or contact lenses altogether, which for some people may be priceless.
Here are the answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions. If you would like more information on laser eye surgery and its benefits, please get in touch with us.
The cost of your laser eye surgery in Sydney will depend on various factors such as the exact procedure and the technology that we use. Before we go ahead with your eye laser surgery at our clinic in Sydney, we will need to assess your pupil size and corneal thickness and rule out any underlying medical conditions that may preclude you from the surgery.
Remember that Lasik eye surgery is permanent and you will save money on new glasses and contact lenses as well as all the appointments associated with replacing these items.
If you would like to book an initial consultation or find out more, please call us on 029230 0010
Yes, you can have Laser eye surgery for astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, both close and distant objects appear blurry. This is because you have an irregular-shaped cornea or lens which causes the light to focus on multiple points instead of coming to a single focus on the retina. Laser eye surgery can help improve or correct astigmatism by reshaping the curvature of the cornea.
No, Lasik Eye surgery doesn’t hurt afterwards. Before the procedure, your ophthalmologist will apply anaesthetic drops to your eyes so you can’t feel any discomfort. Lasik surgery is completely blade-free, so you will not need any stitches. Once the anaesthetic has worn off, your eye or eyes might feel a bit gritty or watery for a couple of hours, but you shouldn’t be in any pain.
You will be given eye drops to help your eyes heal and to prevent any infection. It is imperative that you follow the instructions you are given. If you do experience any severe pain and reduced vision, contact us immediately.
Your eyes might continue to feel dry for a month or so after the procedure and you can use lubricant eyedrops to feel more comfortable.
The Lasik procedure takes about 10 minutes, or less, per eye. The exact amount of time will depend on your prescription and on the correction that is required.
You can’t claim a Medicare benefit for laser eye surgery unless you need the surgery for certain eye diseases. If your eyes are healthy and you want laser eye surgery to improve your vision, it is classed as cosmetic. However, there are selected private health funds who will cover the entire or part of the laser surgery, it is worthwhile checking your policy or calling your health insurance providers to see if you are entitled to any rebate. If you are with provider Bupa, we can do the eligibility check for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on 9230 0010.
If you would like laser vision correction, you should be at least 18 years old. Your refractive error, or glasses’ prescription, must be stable, usually for 12 months. We will preclude certain medical conditions, and we’ll assess the shape and thickness of your corneas to determine if you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. We cannot offer you laser eye surgery if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
For a consultation with an ophthalmologist at one of the best laser eye surgeries in Sydney, get in touch with us. You can trust us to deliver expert advice and care at every stage of your treatment.