Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai provides refractive laser eye surgery with all the latest techniques and is a referral centre for complications.
When the focusing power of the eye does not allow you to see clearly, there is a refractive error.
Laser surgery, or laser refractive surgery is quick and life changing.
Common conditions treated by laser eye surgery
Short- or near-sightedness (Myopia)
This is where near objects can be seen clearly but distant ones are blurred.
Long- or far-sightedness (Hypermetropia/Hyperopia)
This is where distant objects are seen more clearly than near ones.
Presbyopia is the normal decline in focusing power as we age and is not altered by laser refractive surgery.
Astigmatism is usually the result of the cornea being misshapen.
Your initial assessment
The initial assessment is to confirm there are no reasons not to do surgery.
Excimer Laser refractive Surgery
Laser eye surgery is used for short-sightedness (myopia), astigmatism, and long-sightedness (hyperopia),
Types of laser eye surgery
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
PRK is mainly used for correcting low prescriptions with a healing process lasting several months. The surgeon needs to remove the outer layer of the cornea (called the epithelial layers) mechanically or Alcohol-assisted.
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis)
LASEK is similar to PRK but with fewer complications and faster healing.
IntraLase and LASIK
LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a common procedure to correct long-sightedness and short-sightedness with minimal pain and fast recovery.
Wavefront-guided LASIK is a tailor-made form of LASIK that provides better results in most cases.
EpiLASIK EpiLASIK is a new procedure using an epikeratome that creates a thin flap of epithelium.
Patients should –
- Have a very clear understanding of the procedure
- Know what outcomes to expect
- Choose a refractive laser eye surgeon.
What are the risks?
- Complications in less than 5% of cases
- Some people have a problem with dry eyes
- In rare cases, the shape of the eye may be unstable.
Am I a candidate?
Patients suitable for treatment –
- Age 21 years or over
- Stable prescription
- Healthy eyes
- Good general health