Before a defective vision is corrected with LASIK, the corneal flap must be prepared. For this we use the femtosecond laser (instead of the mechanical cutting tool, the microkeratome), an advanced and highly accurate laser. The procedure is very safe, painless and faster than the traditional LASIK. Femto lasers work without any heat development.
Where necessary we use also traditional LASIK: Here, the flap is cut with micrometre precision (one thousandth of a millimetre) by a computer-guided surgical instrument known as a microkeratome.
First flap, then LASIK
Once the flap has been prepared, the actual LASIK procedure is carried out. No matter whether Femto or traditional LASIK, with an excimer laser one thousandth of a millimetre corneal tissue is removed. The cornea is modelled, the defective vision corrected. After the surgery, the flap is folded back again. It adheres by itself and protects the wound like a natural dressing. The procedure is virtually painless.
For anxious patients, we also offer this laser procedure with a short-term anaesthetic.
By the way: LASIK (acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) has become the world's most successfully performed technology in the treatment of vision defects. In Germany alone, more than 100,000 people have LASIK surgery each year.