Lasik, Lasek, PRK
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. The goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses and contacts and correct common problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.
The experienced doctors at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital specialize in LASIK surgery. Click here to watch Prof. Mahmut Kaskaloglu performing lasik on Prof.Merab Dvali, the president of Georgian Society of Ophthalmology in Tbilisi.
After a routine eye examination, you will be examined with a corneal topographer. Eye drops are then used to anesthetize the eye. During LASIK surgery, a femsosecond laser device is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced. The presence of a high speed eye-tracker on our system ensures accurate treatment even if you accidentally move your eye.
In our hospital we use the latest Alcon WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser which has a very fast eye tracker system that ensures accurate positioning of the laser beam on the corneal surface, thus enabling us to perform custom ablation, that is, laser treatment tailored just for you. Our surgeons also use the latest innovation in LASIK surgery, the Intralase and Alcon LenSx femto lasers to prepare the flap. Since everything is done by the gentle laser beams no mechanical instruments touch your eye during the surgery.
LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Professor Mahmut Kaskaloglu, the hospital’s founder and one of the most respected eye surgeons in Turkey, and Dr. Bilgehan Sezgin Asena perform all of the femto LASIK operations in our hospital. Prof. Kaskaloglu is a doctor with more than 44 years’ experience both practicing and teaching ophthalmology. He has been performing laser vision correction surgery since 1992 as one of pioneers in this field. Dr. Asena has worked at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital since 2004 and has 15 years experience in laser surgery Both doctors speak English.
The day before surgery, stop wearing any perfume, make-up, lotions or creams. You will come to the clinic at the appointed time wearing casual, comfortable clothes. The procedure takes only a half hour, but you should plan your day so that you can spend two to three hours at the clinic.
The procedure is relatively painless, however, some patients complain of a brief sense of pressure. A few hours after the procedure there may be temporary stinging, burning and tearing. In that case taking a painkiller should help.
Most patients will have very good vision after 3-4 hours. Yours eyes will not be patched after the operation.
Depending on your occupation, you may start work in 1-2 days.
Generally speaking, they will not. However, some insurance companies may pay for special cases. You should consult your health care company.
After the operation we will give you protective glasses to be worn that night. You will be asked you use drops for one month.
Current soft contact lenses do not change the shape of the cornea. For most patients we can perform lasik as soon as they remove the contact lenses. Of course we have to check the topography of your cornea before the operation. If you plan to have Lasik it is better that you remove your contact lenses a few days before the operation.
The majority of the patients can function without glasses after LASIK surgery. Patients over the age of 40 may need reading glasses.
Yes, this is the standard procedure in our clinic.
There are a few risks associated with LASIK surgery. Before the operation you will be informed about the risks and side effects of the operation. You will also be asked to read and sign the consent form with all the information. However, under the care of the experienced professionals at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital and with a clear understanding of the risks and alternatives associated with LASIK surgery, you will most likely be quite happy with the result of your surgery.