There are different methods of laser eye surgery. The safety, precision and recovery time may vary. Some methods are carried out using just one laser while others use a platform comprising two different lasers. Only centres equipped with all the necessary technology to carry out the different types of procedures can offer the best solution for your individual needs. Our doctors will recommend the best treatment for you.
1. FEMTO XTRA with Femtosecond Laser
This is carried out with two different, highly accurate lasers; no knives or mechanical equipment are used. This is one of the most advanced, precise and safe techniques which currently exist, due to the combination of these lasers and the study and treatment, as required, depending on the patient’s pupil size at night.
It is currently the most popular procedure in The United Stated, Japan and the European Union, and the best ophthalmologists in the world promote it as the best solution.
Using a high-precision laser (the femtosecond) the surface layer of the cornea is separated, so that a second laser (the excimer) can be applied to the middle layer to reshape the cornea and correct the vision. The precision in shape, diameter and thickness of the separated flap as well as its thinness, make this the best quality laser eye surgery around. This allows for the treatment of severe vision impairment and thin corneas.
It is so gentle on the eye that after a few hours you can get back to normal life and usually you can go back to work the day after surgery.
FEMTO XTRA and Lifetime Guarantee:
Laser eye surgery is carried out for short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia) or astigmatism. However, there is no ophthalmologic test proving that the quality of vision will be stable and it may change in the future. It is possible that the impairment will reappear some years after the operation.
Femto Xtra allows us to preserve the maximum thickness of the cornea and know precisely how thick the flap is. This means that in most cases, if necessary, a second operation can be carried out to correct any later impairment that may appear in time.
This means we can offer a ‘LIFETIME GUARANTEE’ (visit one of our clinics for more information).
This is a safe and effective way to treat low level visual acuity and thin corneas.
A single laser, the excimer, is used throughout the entire process of eliminating the impairment. The first step is the ablation of the surface layer of the cornea (the epithelium). The laser can then be applied to the next layer of the cornea, eliminating myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism.
What’s so innovative about this method compared to other surface techniques (PRK, LASEK) is that the process of removing the surface layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is done with a laser instead of alcohol. This results in increased comfort post-operation.
The all-laser method is a surface treatment, no cuts or incisions are made. This optimises the preservation of the stability of the structure of the cornea. This treatment is suitable for thin corneas and reduces the risk of dry eyes.
After surgery, the surface layer of the cornea (the epithelium) repair itself, taking five days to grow back and cover the cornea. During this time your vision recovers slowly and the eye will be protected using contacted lenses to reduce irritation during this period. During these days it is recommended that you rest and take time off work.
This treatment is not recommended for high or medium level visual acuity due to the reduced stability and safety of the correction.
With an instrument called a microkeratome, which uses a blade, a surface cut is made to cut a thin flap into the cornea. This is put back in place afterwards using the excimer laser.
The patient can get back to normal life the very next day.
Despite having carried out over 15,000 operations with this process, Vistaláser has stopped using it due to the superior quality, precision and safety offered by Femto Xtra.
What is the day of the Operation Like?
Finally the day to stop depending on glasses is here. An analysis has been carried out and the best treatment has been chosen for your individual needs. Thanks for trusting in Vistaláser and our doctors.
During the preparatory tests we have indicated what the day of the operation will be like. Follow the instructions we have provided, everything is under control.
Try to get a good night’s sleep before the operation, have a good breakfast, don’t forget to bring some sunglasses for after surgery and follow our steps for the procedure.
You will be awake throughout the operation, the sedative we provide will help you to relax and the anaesthetic drops will ensure that you don’t feel a thing. We use the most advanced techniques and there is no blade, surgery will be over in 15 minutes.
You will relax afterwards in a dark room and finally we will inform you of the steps to take post-surgery and when your next revision is. Start your new life without glasses!
Top professionals, like the football player of Real Madrid Isco Alarcon, choose Vistalaser ophthalmology clinics to operate their eyes.
The All-laser procedure is recommended for all patients who are suitable candidates for laser surgery to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Even many patients who have previously been advised that they are unsuitable candidates for laser surgery due to a variety of problems, such as not having the required thickness of cornea, can now be operated on because the femtosecond laser gives us the ability to create a much finer and better quality flap.
This allows us to preserve a much greater quantity of corneal tissue and at the same time increases the range of diopters that can be treated as well as the number of patients that may be considered suitable for refractive surgery of this type.
In order to be suitable for laser surgery, the candidate should be over 18 and have a visual problem, either myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, which has been stable for at least a year.
Before proceeding with the operation it is necessary to check for certain ocular disorders as well as examining the patient’s general health. The intervention cannot be carried out if the patient is pregnant or breast-feeding. Contact lens wearers will have to stop using them for a period before the operation.
At Vista Laser we carry out an in-depth eye examination to exclude those patients who may not be suitable and give a full explanation of the operation in each individual case. Particular care is taken to check the patient’s general ocular health as well as the thickness, outer and inner surfaces of the cornea, the dimensions of the cornea and pupil, whether the eyes are excessively dry or watery, the transparency of the lens and the condition of the retina.
Patients who are over 45 years old and suffer from age-related long sightedness (presbyopia) as well as short sightedness may also be suitable for laser treatment to correct with their refractive errors.