Standard LASIK – the method that has been tried and tested for decades
STANDARD-LASIK was the state of the art for ametropia until the introduction of FEMTO-LASIK. It it was until then the procedure of choice for visual impairments from -5 to +3 dpt. The operation only takes a few minutes and is pain free. Good sight is achieved after just a few hours, and normal work life is possible the next day.
The advantages of Standard LASIK
- Quick and straightforward operation
- Outpatient operation
- No pain thanks to local anaesthetic
- Quick healing process
- Technically advanced as a result of decades of experience
Prerequisites for Standard LASIK
As always at Lasik Germany®, a person with a visual impairment must be at least 18 years old to be able to undergo such an operation. Further conditions for a Standard LASIK treatment:
- No serious eye disease should be present
- Due to the special conditions, laser eye treatment should not be carried out during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
- The cornea must be thick enough
- The visual impairment should not have changed fundamentally in the last two years
A Standard LASIK operation procedure
Almost all patients experience the LASIK operation as virtually pain free. It is carried out in a few minutes as an outpatient procedure. Before treatment, patients are given anaesthetic eye-drops to ensure that the procedure is pain free. Once the anaesthetic takes effect, a flap is prepared as part of the LASIK operation; it is like a small lid, on the surface of the cornea. The aim is for the laser to model the cornea in such a way that the beams of light concentrate exactly on the retina as they do in a sharp-sighted eye. The change to the focal point is achieved with the finest of cuts to the middle layer of the cornea. This improves the quality of sight, thereby increasing quality of life.
Step 1: Standard LASIK cuts the corneal flap using a mechanical microkeratome. The microkeratome is a microblade, which can also be described as a small cutting plane. This special plane now cuts a small, thin lid out of the cornea.
Step 2: The small corneal lid which is cut out of the prepared corneal flap is now opened up. The surgeon uses a very fine instrument to lift the disc. Once the corneal flaps have been opened up, your eye surgeon can reach the layers of the inner cornea with the laser light. The surgeon follows and controls all steps of the LASIK operation via a computer-controlled operation microscope; its images are transferred directly to a monitor.
Step 3: Guided by the computer, the laser light models the treatment zone. A narrow, one to two millimetre-wide ray strikes the eye at the speed of light in such a way that it allows the eye to recover between pulses. An extremely smooth corneal surface is produced, which compensates for your defective vision precisely according to your individual measurements. The LASIK laser eye treatment takes only a few minutes.
Step 4: Directly after the eye lasering, the corneal cover is closed over again. It clings to the eyeball. It covers the treated surface like the body’s own plaster. The surgeon does not need to suture the incision, as the eye heals itself.
How much does Standard LASIK cost?
A Standard LASIK operation to correct shortsightedness or longsightedness costs upwards of €895 per eye. Please note that the anatomy, the type and degree of visual impairment and the general conditions can be different for each patient. This is why we calculate the costs for each operation on an individual basis. The prices can be more precisely determined as part of a comprehensive examination.