Laser eye surgery Brisbane
Laser Eye Surgery
A core service provided by Brisbane based Eye Surgeon Dr. Cameron McLintock is laser eye surgery, which is a highly effective treatment for correcting refractive errors such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery reduces one's dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
This very common form of laser eye surgery, known as refractive eye surgery is performed to correct focusing/refractive errors of the eye. A refractive error occurs when the eye does not focus light correctly.
To achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses, the eye needs to focus the light travelling through it. In those with myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, light is poorly focused by the eye resulting in blurred vision.
Laser eye surgery to correct these refractive errors is a permanent treatment, is minimally invasive and is performed while patients are awake and reclining.
If you would like a permanent solution to improve your vision without the need for glasses and contact lenses then consider Brisbane laser eye surgery performed by Dr. Cameron McLintock.
The types of problems that laser eye surgery can correct include:
- myopia (“short-sightedness”)
- hyperopia (“long-sightedness”)
- corneal scarring
- recurrent corneal erosion syndrome
Types of Laser eye Surgery:
There are several types of laser eye surgery that can be performed by Brisbane Ophthalmologist Dr Cameron McLintock to treat the above conditions. These include:
- Surface LASIK (also known as photorefractive keratectomy, PRK)
- PTK (Phototherapeutic keratectomy)
LASIK (LASER IN-SITU KERATOMILEUSIS )
LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery used to treat refractive errors such as myopia (short- sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism.
LASIK acts in a similar way to glasses or contact lenses but is a permanent treatment. In LASIK, a flap is created in the cornea (clear window at the front of the eye), the flap is lifted, and the laser is applied to the deeper layers of the cornea. The laser changes the shape of the cornea and alters the way it focuses light, resulting in much clearer vision.
Surface LASIK (Photorefractive Keratectomy - PRK)
Surface LASIK, like LASIK, is a type of laser eye surgery that uses laser to change the shape of the cornea. In surface LASIK the laser is applied to the surface of the cornea, not the deeper layers.
Both LASIK and surface LASIK have been shown to produce excellent long term outcomes in vision.
How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?
Laser eye surgery is one of the best investments you can make in your life. Although it may seem like a large up front fee, this surgery will give you the freedom to enjoy an active life without the hassle and ongoing cost of glasses or contact lenses.
Please see below the costs for these common laser eye procedures. Prices include the hospital, surgeon and procedure fees and include GST.
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)
- $2750 per eye
PRK - Photorefractive Keratectomy
- $2750 per eye
(PTK) Phototherapeutic Keratectomy
- $2750 per eye
Is Laser Eye Surgery Covered By Medicare or Private Health?
No. While not covered by medicare or private health, some private health providers may offer a partial rebate for this procedure. Please contact your fund to see if you are eligible.
WHICH IS BETTER - Surface LASIK (PRK) OR LASIK?
A recent large review of international literature comparing PRK and LASIK as laser eye surgery treatments was performed by the Cochrane Library, considered to provide the highest quality of scientific evidence. This study showed that there was no significant difference in the final vision and accuracy between LASIK and PRK.
LASIK TREATMENT - Advantages and Disadvantages
The advantages of LASIK laser eye surgery include the fact that the procedure has less pain immediately after surgery and that the vision improves rapidly.
The disadvantages of LASIK are that, because a flap of tissue is created in the cornea, the eye will always have some structural weakness. This means that the flap can dislodge if there is future trauma to the eye and there is a small chance the shape of the cornea can become irregular with time (post-LASIK ectasia), both of which can result in deterioration of vision.
Surface LASIK (PRK) TREATMENT - Advantages and Disadvantages
The benefits of PRK laser eye surgery include the fact that structurally the cornea is stronger as there is no flap created. This means that there is no flap that can be dislodged if there is ever trauma to the eye and that there is essentially no risk of the cornea becoming irregular in the future.
The disadvantages include the fact that there is some pain after the eye surgery (that can be controlled with pain-killers) and that the vision takes a few weeks to become as clear as possible.
Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
PTK is a type of laser eye surgery which is used primarily for removing opacities of the cornea such as scars. It can also be used to make the surface of the cornea more regular, for example in eyes with Keratoconus.
What to expect during laser eye surgery
No pain is felt during laser eye surgery. Drops are placed in your eyes to numb them and you can also request a very mild sedative to calm your nerves before treatment begins. The laser eye surgery treatment then starts and only lasts a minute or two. During the surgery, your eye is held open so that you don’t blink during the operation.
Am I Eligible for Laser Eye Surgery?
Before you obtain laser eye surgery, it's important to understand that not everyone is eligible for this surgery. Prior to having any laser eye surgery performed, Dr Cameron McLintock will ensure that the surgery is safe for your eyes.
Laser eye surgery is a highly effective procedure provided by Brisbane-based Ophthalmologist Dr. Cameron McLintock that can improve your sight.
If you're interested in laser eye surgery Brisbane and would like to learn more about this treatment, contact Dr. Cameron McLintock today to schedule your first consultation.
Non-Laser Surgery Options
REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE
In a refractive lens exchange, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens that is permanently implanted into the eye to correct any focusing error.
Refractive lens exchange is most commonly performed for presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition in which the eye, with age, loses its ability to focus on near objects. Presbyopia occurs in the mid 40’s and affects everyone. Initially it is apparent as the need to hold near objects further away from the eye to obtain a clear image.
Eventually, those with presbyopia lose their ability to read and require reading glasses or laser eye surgery.
There are 3 ways in which the need for glasses or contact lenses can be reduced in refractive lens exchange.
Option 1: Multifocal artificial lens implant in both eyes.
Multifocal intraocular lenses provide excellent vision for objects at all distances. They provide excellent distance vision (driving, watching TV), intermediate vision (eg working with computers) and near vision (eg reading tablets, phones, books). They are the lens type which are most likely to result in spectacle independence.
In some people multifocal lenses can result in haloes around lights which are most commonly noticed when driving at night. Usually these are very mild. However, in around 1 in 200 cases, haloes can be very troubling to the point where these lenses need to be removed.
Option 2: Extended depth of focus (EDOF) lens implants.
EDOF lenses provide not only excellent distance vision without glasses (eg driving, watching TV), they also provide excellent intermediate distance vision (eg working with computers).
EDOF lenses also provide some degree of near vision (e.g. reading tablets, phones, books), although glasses are still required to read small print, particularly under low light conditions. Although the near vision provided by EDOF lenses is not quite as good as that provided by multifocal lenses, it is very rare for haloes to be noticed by patients.
Option 3: “Blended vision” or “monovision.”
In blended vision, artificial lens implants are inserted which result in one eye being focused for distance and the other eye being focused for near.
Blended vision significantly reduces the need to wear glasses after cataract surgery. It usually allows people to be glasses-free for most daily activities.
Patients may still require glasses for reading very fine print and/or for driving at night. Because one eye is focused for distance and the other for near, it can take the brain a few months to fully adapt to blended vision.
IMPLANTABLE COLLIMER LENS (ICL)
The ICL is an artificial lens implant that is inserted into the eye and placed in front of the natural lens, inside the eye. It is akin to a permanent contact lens. Each ICL is custom made for the individual eye.
ICLs have traditionally been used in eyes with varying degrees of refractive error where PRK and LASIK may be less likely to have an excellent outcome. With recent advances in the designs of these lenses and increased safety, the ICL is being increasingly used in eyes with lower refractive errors as an alternative to PRK and LASIK.
Benefits of ICL
There are many benefits of the ICL. These include the fact the procedure is reversible (in the very unlikely event of an unsatisfactory outcome, the ICL is simple to remove), whereas PRK and LASIK are not.
Also, an ICL doesn’t change the shape of the cornea like PRK and LASIK do. In the future, most people will require cataract surgery, where the natural lens that has become clouded (ie a cataract) is removed.
In eyes that have had prior PRK or LASIK, determining the correct strength of lens to implant into the eye at the time of cataract surgery can be very challenging. There is increased risk of the focus not being correct in the eye.
In an eye with a prior ICL, this is not an issue and cataract surgery can be performed with confidence that the lens implant that will be inserted into the eye will be correct.
Other benefits include the fact that there are none of the possible complications that can occur in LASIK due to the presence of a corneal flap, such as dislocation from trauma, dry eye and changing corneal shape with time (post-LASIK ectasia).
LASER EYE SURGERY IN BRISBANE
If you are looking for an eye clinic in Brisbane for your vision correction procedure to get freedom from glasses and contact lenses, Dr McLintock offers expert treatment from 3 convenient locations across Brisbane and one in Hervey Bay. Visit our contact page to book an assessment in Mt Gravatt, Indooroopilly or Spring Hill depending on the location of the clinic most convenient to you.
ABOUT LASER EYE SURGEON
- DR. CAMERON MCLINTOCK
Dr. McLintock is a Brisbane based Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) with extensive experience in cataract surgery, refractive and laser eye surgery. In addition to treating patients privately at clinics across Brisbane and Hervey Bay, he is passionate about teaching as a senior lecturer at University of Queensland.
Dr McLintock has also authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles in international Ophthalmology journals and is highly regarded as a leading eye surgeon in Australia and internationally.
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