Laser Eye Surgery

There are different methods of performing laser eye surgery. Their outcome varies in terms of safety, accuracy and recovery time. Some are performed with the use of a single laser and others employ a platform composed of two different lasers. Only centers equipped with all the necessary technology to perform the different treatments will be able to offer you the most appropriate one for your case. Our doctors will recommend the most appropriate for you.

Video summary of the different treatments currently offered by ophthalmology clinics to perform Laser Refractive Surgery.

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Vistalaser Clinics has received in 2020 the Excellence Award for performing more than 15,000 surgeries with FEMTO LVD technology, developed by Ziemer Ophthalmology. Our doctors are one of the leading teams with this technology in Spain.

In our clinics in Malaga, Marbella, Fuengirola and Granada we are always at the forefront of technology. We have the mobile model FEMTO LDV Z8, a femtosecond laser that assists our doctors in Refractive Surgery.

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Laser Refractive Surgery

1. FEMTO XTRA treatment 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).

2. All-Laser Treatment

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.

3. LASIK treatment with Microkeratome

In Vistalaser Oftalmologia we have performed more than 15,000 operations with this treatment, however we have stopped performing it because of the maximum quality, precision and safety offered by the Femto Xtra method.

In this LASIK technique, a mechanical device called microkeratome, which consists of a blade, makes a superficial cut to lift a thin layer of the cornea, the excimer laser treatment is applied and finally it is replaced in its place. The following day, the patient lives a normal life.

How’s the day of the operation?

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!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Refractive Surgery

The procedure lasts 4 to 5 minutes per eye, and is performed with anesthetic drops that numb the eye, eliminating any possibility of pain. After the operation there is a period, during the first four hours, with discomfort, slight pain and sensitivity to light, which disappears on its own.

One of the advantages of the femtosecond laser lasik technique is that the recovery of vision is very fast and the return to normal life is almost immediate.

The four hours after the operation, it is necessary to rest, since there is a sensation of a foreign body in the eyes and sensitivity to light. After this, the patient recovers quickly and in most cases can return to work the day after the operation.

Total vision is achieved in a few days and definitive discharge in four months.

Once the patient is discharged, the prescription that we eliminate with the laser does not come back. We modify the curvature of the cornea by removing cells from the intermediate layer of the cornea, thus achieving a structural and irreversible change.

We also need to know that the patient’s prescription is stable to prevent possible post-operative prescription changes that could affect vision.

However, by adhering to the “Lifetime Commitment” system, if the patient’s prescription reappears, Vistaláser will correct it at no charge to the patient.

Femtosecond LASIK surgery can cover a wider range of diopters than conventional LASIK due to its great precision, however it is necessary to perform pachymetry tests to measure the corneal thickness, the thicker it is the more diopters we can correct, if it does not have enough thickness we can use other techniques or opt for Intraocular Surgery.

An excellent alternative to Laser Surgery is Intraocular Surgery, where we implant a lens inside the eye. It is a fast, safe and reversible procedure, that is, the lens can be removed or replaced at any time if necessary and the visual result is excellent.

Our guarantee is a written and signed commitment of voluntary adhesion by means of which Vistalaser commits to its patients who have undergone laser eye surgery for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism to reoperate free of charge in the event that any of these ocular defects should reappear at any time in the future with at least 0.75 diopters.

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Refractive Surgery Prices and Financing Options

At Clínicas Vistaláser we want treatments to be affordable for all patients. If you are interested in laser eye surgery, we offer you several financing options so that the price is not a problem.

Thanks to this calculator you only have to indicate the treatment and the number of months in which you want to pay for your treatment (11, 18, 24 or 36) and you will know the monthly payment, formalisation costs and TIN interest of your financing.

Only if the clinic has the necessary technology to carry out all types of treatment will the specialists be able to offer you the most suitable treatment for your eyes.

Fee per eye €/month:
Formalisation costs:
NIR interest:
Amount to be financed:

Example of financing for laser eye surgery with PRK surface treatment, with a price of €795 per eye. Deferred over 11 interest-free months, first instalment of €110.52, which includes formalisation costs, and 10 instalments of €72.27. NIR 0% and APR 12%. Total amount financed €833.22. Subject to approval by the financial institutions collaborating with Vistaláser Oftalmología.

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